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

deHaan

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.

June 29, 2020

That’s Not Something You Read Every Day #13

When the husband and I visited our firstborn in Idaho several weeks ago, she served us Medjool dates and they were delicious. When I came home, I bought some and they were all soft and squishy.

I texted her the above picture for funsies and asked, “Do you keep your dates in the fridge?”

She replied, “Yes, and I think that’s why none of them have called me back.”

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June 29, 2020

It’s Hard To Be A Woman #15

June 29, 2020

One perk of gaining fifteen pounds back (from the injury-induced halt to almost all exercising) is…ahem…well, I can actually wear this (oversized) shirt again, the very one I had shoved into the dark recesses of my closet, vowing to never touch again. Oops.

I guess you gotta look on the bright side.

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June 27, 2020

That’s Not Something You Get Every Day #1

Three gallons of ice cream

June 27, 2020

I picked a really bad day to stop the pain medication I’ve been taking for my sore shoulder.

Dear youngest son, why you gotta be such a good boy and bring your dad his belated Father’s Day gift of three gallons of ice cream?

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June 27, 2020

That’s Not Something You Do Every Day #2

Beauty BarkWell, it’s hard to do a full victory stance with a frozen shoulder, but inside, I am screaming with excitement. Twenty yards of bark/compost mix delivered right to our front door, so to speak, just this morning.
Let the beautification project continue.
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June 26, 2020

That’s Not Something You Do Every Day #1

Sleeping in RV in drivewayThat moment when you go sleep in the travel trailer on your driveway a) so you don’t wake up your husband flip-flopping all night trying to get comfortable (with your sore shoulder), and b) you pretend you’re camping deep in the woods since your camping plans with your friends got canceled.
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