A Humorous Look at the Bright Side of Cancer...
And There Is One


About Marie de Haan

Marie de Haan—wife, mother of three, piano teacher, songwriter, and writer—was leading an impossibly busy life. All of that changed when she was blindsided by a diagnosis of Stage III breast cancer. She got even busier. From chemotherapy and surgery to battles with the insurance company, tussles with her naturopath over the consumption of sugar to internal debate over whether or not to endure radiation, Cancer Is A Funny Thing details how Marie handled these issues: with humor and grace. And Häagen-Dazs chocolate mint ice cream.

July 9, 2020

That’s Not Something You Hear Every Day #30

Fear of MRIIt’s no secret that I am not a fan of the MRI machine. The last time I was asked to enter one in recent history—to check out the cause of my shoulder pain—I lasted 30 seconds and had to be pulled out. Thirty seconds, people.

On Tuesday, at my follow-up appointment with the orthopedic surgeon (this, after countless hours every week of being man-handled by a physical therapist, a chiropractor, and a massage therapist upon his recommendation on May 28), he came into the room, asked me to raise my arm, and said, “You are not progressing as much as I’d like to see. I’d like to order an MRI….”

The surgeon mentioned a lot of medical terminology—soft tissue and the like—to explain why he needed the MRI, but all I heard was, “Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Blah blah.”

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July 7, 2020

Letter #49 To My Benefactor

Easy Does It Rose

‘Easy Does It’ Rose

Dear Benefactor,

I know I have not been hiking yet because of the shoulder problem I told you about a few letters back.

But, the yard is finally starting to come together. I should hope so: I put 21,571 steps on my Fitbit today. Yup, I still have that Fitbit. Oh, I guess it wasn’t you that I told about the Fitbit way back when…it was my best friend, Fran Drescher.

Twenty-one thousand steps, benefactor, just flitting from flowerbed to flowerbed. That’s gotta be good for something, right?

I’m still shooting for doing a hike before the summer is out.


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July 3, 2020

That’s Not Something You See Every Day #9


Pony Tail Solution

July 3, 2020

I’ve been blathering on and on about the problems I’ve been having dealing with my frozen shoulder. Trying to get my hair done in any way, shape, or form has been interesting to say the least.

Problem solved. I did this to go work out in the yard today after my last post. I got it done in less than ten seconds.

This means more time spent amongst the flowers, instead of in front of a mirror grunting and groaning in pain trying to get my hair out of my face.

It’s a small victory, but I’ll take it.

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July 3, 2020

That’s Not Something You See Every Day #8

Pony Tail Fail

Pony Tail Fail

Friend texts, “Hi, do you have plans on the Fourth?”

Me: (paraphrasing): “Sorry, too much pain and tiredness, blah, blah, blah….”

Friend: “Totally understand…I feel for you.”

Me: (complaining some more): “Like, I can’t even put a freaking ponytail in my hair.”

Me: (texts ugliest picture ever): “Show this to anyone and you’re dead meat.”
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June 30, 2020

That’s Not Something You Think Every Day #13

It is my fifth night sleeping in the travel trailer (so that I don’t wake up the husband every time I flip-flop around trying to get comfortable with my sore shoulder).

I feel like I’ve run away from home.

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