Creative Writing

“Thank you” Cancer Today Magazine!

Thank you immensely to Cancer Today Magazine (cancertodaymagazine.com) for featuring me in a triumphant section that illuminates both the survival and current pursuits of cancer survivors. You can view “In the Moment” on page 64. For those outside of the editorial realm, magazines work three months in advance, so when I was sent the questions […]

Mercy Ships: The Gangway Descend

The relevance of ships in the context of race is not a subject I am ignorant of or prone to avoid. Yet, I have withheld the pen. Yes, I am on a ship, in Africa, and I endured a brief sea-sail to arrive that was a full insult to the dreadful length of the middle-passage. […]

African American Childhood Obesity: the skinny on fat

This blog is featured in HBCU Lifestyles: http://hbculifestyle.com/contributor-how-you-can-help-african-american-youth-fight-obesity/ Being the fat kid will never be cool. America is a skinny nation and an ad hoc committee on “acceptable appearance” has deemed that fat ain’t where it’s at and skinny is in. Media influences applaud the weight loss efforts of the rich and famous as their guant faces […]

Male Menopause and Mid-life Swings

Discovering Health: “Do Men Go Through Menopause?” http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/men/health-tips/men-menopause.htm Guess who’s become a cranky, menopausal dad?          So much for aunt Marge and mom getting all the flack for approaching fifty with all of the cranky and irritable side-effects. Of course women have always gotten the brunt end of the deal when it comes to the natural […]

Candy-Flavored Tobacco: A Cheap Smoke Screen

      http://daytonatimes.com/2015/08/dealing-with-danger-in-public-places/ Volusia steps up fight against sale of candy- flavored tobacco to children August 20, 2015 Filed under DAYTONA BEACH, HEALTH, LEAD STORIES, NEWS  BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES The Florida Department of Health has announced that all cities in Volusia County have signed and passed non-binding resolutions to urge retailers not […]

The Gift of Life

(Published 12/24/15) THE GIFT OF LIFE December 24, 2015 Filed under FLORIDA, FRONT PAGE, HEALTH, NEWS Posted by FCEditor Florida Courier writer Penny Dickerson, a cancer survivor, reflects on her personal challenges and blessings during this year’s holiday season. BY PENNY DICKERSON The Florida Courier Cancer and Christmas share a confounding irony for me this […]

Nurse spots cancer on Facebook picture | News | Nursing Times

Nurse spots cancer on Facebook picture | News | Nursing Times. Nurses can do no wrong. I bow to them and worship their clunky clogs and faddish Kimora Lee “Baby Phat” scrubs.  They own an impressive clinical swagger that’s rarely mimicked by their more high-income indulgent,  physician colleagues or the low totem pole physical therapists […]