I Am Not My Hair
The Baptiste Power Flow Immersion in Colorado started a mere 18 days after from my final scheduled chemotherapy treatment for my second battle with uterine cancer. I was still dealing with nausea, digestion issues, and fatigue. And, I was mostly bald—with less hair on my head than a newborn baby. I had grown comfortable with being bald with my yoga community at home. But I would wear my wig or a baseball cap at all other times. Intellectually, I understood that “I am not my hair”……read more
Uterine cancer survivor: How yoga helped save my life
I completed my uterine cancer treatment at MD Anderson in spring 2011. Since that time I have received consistent and attentive follow-up care with my medical team, including quarterly PET scans……read more
The waiting game: A cancer survivor’s story
Perhaps you’ve heard the expression “too much time to do nothing, not enough time to do anything.” It is one of my favorites.
I am not fond of being idle. On the other hand, I do not like being rushed when I have a task to accomplish. Not having enough time to do anything and having too much time to do nothing leaves me in a state of complete frustration because I am in limbo. When I am in limbo, I feel out of control. Feeling out of control makes me feel powerless…….read more
Cancerwise Blog “Falling off the edge of the cliff” by Peach Outreach Founder/Director Marcy E. Kurtz
You know that sensation between when you step off of firm ground that’s high up and when you land again? The space in time where you have no footing and you don’t know where you’ll land…..read more
Cancerwise blog “And then the prince hopped back to his lily pad — A true story of gratitude” by Peach Outreach Founder/Director Marcy Kurtz
Most importantly, I’m a daughter, sister, aunt and dependable friend to many. I practice law as a vocation and yoga as an avocation. I’m deeply committed to helping people, as a lawyer and as a yoga instructor. I’m a two-time cancer survivor, beating breast cancer diagnosed in October 2005 and uterine cancer diagnosed in August 2010. I’m just another ordinary person living an ordinary life, one day at a time….read more
Cancerwise blog “Uterus isn’t a four-letter word” by Peach Outreach Founder/Director Marcy Kurtz
Admit it. The headline for this post made you cringe a little, didn’t it? Who really wants to say that word? Uterus is a six-letter word that has the same stigma as a four-letter swear word. None of us readily admit to using it and we try hard not to say it out loud — at least not in public….read more
Cancerwise blog “Everything Happens for a Reason: Part II” by Peach Outreach Founder/Director Marcy Kurtz
I made an appointment with my gynecologist, who saw me in late July 2010. She was alarmed by the gigantic mass she saw during my physical exam. That discovery started a three-week regimen of daily tests, inside and outside of MD Anderson, as doctors worked diligently to determine if my breast cancer had metastasized or if something else was wrong with me….read more
Cancerwise blog “Everything Happens for a Reason” by Peach Outreach Founder/Director Marcy Kurtz
Everything happens for a reason.
I used to get so annoyed when people would say that to me. I always heard that expression when I was in the middle of some perceived life crisis and sure that my world as I knew it was going to end at any moment.
Those choice words were often followed by equally irritating comments such as “more will be revealed” or “you don’t know how this story will end” and other similar profound statements that, in my mind, did nothing to help me out of my immediate misery. Instead, they made me feel like my distress wasn’t justified…..read more