Manic Multitasking

By: Lauren Thaler  |  Date: June 23rd, 2011  |  Category: Cancer Chaos  |  Comments: 5 comments »

The most peculiar thing about dealing with the type of hardship I’ve experienced is what I call, manic multitasking. Manic multitasking is watching a recorded review session for an upcoming Economics exam while on hold with CareFirst waiting to hear if a chemo drug will be covered by insurance. Manic multitasking is calling my mom’s oncologist, between rounds of flip cup at a business school party, to ask if there’s a treatment for oral thrush, an uncomfortable throat ailment and side effect of chemo. Manic multitasking is standing in line at Georgetown Cupcake on the morning of my 28th birthday while downloading a quote from the cemetery director on my iPhone. Manic multitasking is peculiar, to say the least.

A root cause analysis is not necessary; manic multitasking just organically happens with hardship. You wake up one morning and before you know it, you’re eating cereal with the morning crossword in [...]

Identity Crisis

By: Lauren Thaler  |  Date: June 9th, 2011  |  Category: Cancer Chaos  |  Comments: 5 comments »

Yesterday I was talking to a friend whose sister is in remission after a difficult fight against lymphoma.  Despite the family’s thankfulness, my friend’s sister continues to be challenged in many ways. The intense chemotherapy regimen savaged her immune system leaving her body vulnerable to bacteria and illness without the continuous help of antibiotics and steroids. As a result, she continues to be the patient.

And being the patient sucks.

Cancer takes center stage after diagnosis, and I think one of the most difficult things for the person with the disease is the identity crisis that ensues. My mom was determined to return to her regular life as soon as possible, which for her, meant a 9 to 5 job as Registrar at my high school alma mater. For my friend’s sister, it meant being a mother and a wife.  Being able to feel sexy and attractive for her husband as well [...]