Suzann Bresler Goldstein
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FIGHTING BACK: Doing Battle with Cancer, the website and the blog, is a collection of personal essays about managing our lives, the tragedies that sometimes befall us, and the in-between times that leave us marked by the joy of the moment.
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The Valerie Fund
The Valerie Fund's mission is to provide support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders.

The Stacy Goldstein Breast Cancer Center
RCINJ's Stacy Goldstein Breast Cancer Center provides comprehensive care for people with breast cancer.

Books of Glass

I’d like to tell you about the glass books — 8” x 10” pieces of clear glass hinged together in pairs, and graced, front and back, with wonderful works of art by everyday folks. Each of these ‘books’ tells a different and very human story about the effects of trauma and the coping behavior that might stem…


Lunchtime!

Lunching out for me can be like those in-between times when the long, hard periods in life seem to vanish and the smiles take over. When I’m alone I’ll go to a diner, order a tuna salad sandwich, some iced tea with lots of ice, and then eat quietly while I’m either editing an article…


My Faith My Way

My husband Ed and I and our family celebrated the beginning of the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah, with dinner at our home. I loved every one at that table so the evening was delicious. Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, is now just a week away; that somber holy day begins on the…


Memorials Unlimited

Last April, I heard about a memorial service held jointly by The Valerie Fund Children’s Centers* at Overlook and Morristown Hospitals. This special memorial for children who had lost their struggle to cancer or blood disorders takes place yearly in the Morristown Hospital’s Malcolm Forbes auditorium. The idea was so natural and loving that I wondered why…


Summertime

Hi My Friends: Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone in spectacular fashion, at least here in our nation’s capital where Ed and I spent a wonderful few days visiting with family.  I hope it was equally good for all of you wherever you were, on land, sea, or in cyberspace. This brief post is to let you know that I…


From Now to Then and Back Again

My husband Ed and I had dinner a few Saturday nights ago with four of his old friends from the Weequahic section of Newark: as a Connecticut Yankee, I was the outlier of the bunch. Their reminiscences about the Newark neighborhoods always seemed to go on forever and usually embraced the same stories. And always,…


Busy Soup for the Brain

 I began this post thinking that, lately, I may have taken on more tasks than I can handle. My husband Ed brought it to my attention not long ago but fearing that if he said too much he would find himself in the middle of a perfect marital storm, he didn’t push the issue.  I…


Special-Needs Moms

I’ve been whining lately about being too busy. I do that every now and then, but before long my feet hit the ground and I recognize others who are really busy. Like moms of children with special needs. Their kids may be diagnosed with profound mental retardation, terminal illness, or serious psychiatric problems. Or they…


Kids, Cars, and the Unpredictability of Life

I was a car-deprived, stay-at-home mom. My husband Ed, on the other hand, had a Chevy and used it to drive to and from work; his car was not at my disposal. Yet I needed to take care of the household errands, do the marketing, and, at the same time, look after our two young daughters, Stacy and…


Happy New Year

Hi Everyone:  There’s no essay for the blog today but there are loads of good wishes to you all  for a very happy, healthy, and peaceful New Year.  Special Mention goes out to  My wonderful husband Ed born on 1/1/33. Happy Birthday! With each passing year I love you more and more.  You are my world….