namasté, grim reaper

This month marks 10 years since I was diagnosed with cancer. I was 31, working for a magazine called Breathe, doing yoga, and living a relatively healthy life. It was unexpected. So unexpected that I spent months with a persistent cough, slight fever, then night sweats, an upset stomach and feeling generally awful. I thought my liver chi was rising, …

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dara gratitude, part three

daresy, darski, dararara. another day, another list. I am grateful for…. 1) the strong feeling i got last night during dinner that you had sent an email to the psychic version of the listserve. it said something like: “hi everybody. i know you’re sad but i want you to know the truth–i’m free. i’m bigger than ever and i’m free. i …

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dara gratitude, part 2

hi d., i know i did that whole list yesterday, but there’s more. especially after being with your beautiful peeps yesterday, hanging out by your favorite tree. what a good tree. so many branches, weeping-style. so much shade in summer, i bet. i am grateful for: 1) pink bloque, the awesome political protest/street party/dance troupe you helped found. here’s what …

Valerie Reissdara gratitude, part 2

dara greenwald gratitude

i am grateful for: 1) dara, dara g., dara greenhair, or just plain d. 1971-2012 2) i am afraid of writing something trite or inauthentic here, because i know your bullshit detector is one of the best there is, but bear with me, sistah. this is for me, so i do something other than cry. so: i am grateful for …

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Requests, Melissa, and Crossing the Gates

Hi Long time no blog. So how cool was Melissa on the Grammy’s the other night? Bald and rocking hard, one month out of chemo. I want to know her regimen. Me? This will be shortish because I don’t really feel like kvetching even though I really feel like kvetching. This is a sucky, hard time. There’s not much that …

Valerie ReissRequests, Melissa, and Crossing the Gates

The First and Longest Entry

January 09, 2005 Lymphomaniac So I’m starting this now to update my peeps and have an instaoutlet for talking about this whole lymphoma thing I’ve got going on. For those just tuning in, a recap. It started with a cough. Okay, not really, it started months before the cough with back pain and tiredness that I just figured was my …

Valerie ReissThe First and Longest Entry