Facing into the light, facing into the dark

The following is from my previous blog, and was originally published in July 2017. In nine days I will have finished chemotherapy. It has not been nearly what I’d feared it would be. The side effects were subtle. The nausea was fairly easily controlled with medication. I got one mouth sore, and my fingertips cracked... Continue Reading →

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Marijuana to fight cancer

Hey there and happy 4/21 everybody, particularly those of you who celebrated 4/20 in the right spirit. I used to be a regular pot smoker when I was younger, but gave it up for most of the years after I became a mom, which is almost 40 years ago now. I took it up again,... Continue Reading →

I survived the surgery!

It's a little over two weeks since my surgery, and I am here to report that it was a cinch! I had a DIEP Flap Reconstruction procedure, which involves replacing the breast removed in a mastectomy with a chunk of fat from the belly. Which also involves cutting through the muscles to remove blood vessels... Continue Reading →

Cancer as healer

I am so excited! Reconstructive surgery is officially set for January 17th. I am a bit apprehensive about the procedure itself. It's no short, quick fix, it's a DIEP flap reconstruction on one side and a reduction on the other, with three surgical sites, some large and complex. It involves transplanting arteries from my abdominal... Continue Reading →

Breast Cancer: the aftermath

Even though I am, at this moment, cancer free, I am still trudging down this road. I have one more surgery to go, and I have just this week been accepted into the active arm of a breast cancer research study. Because, being cancer free doesn't really mean you are actually cancer free. Those little... Continue Reading →

Shall we burn the pink ribbons?

October is breast cancer awareness month. That means time for people to decorate with pink ribbons, and to post obscure things on Facebook that only a chosen few know are symbolic of the fact that they are concerned about breast cancer. On the other hand, I have seen a lot of anger expressed at everything... Continue Reading →

Breast Cancer Journey

Well now. It just occurred to me that the featured image I chose for this article is a quote from someone who died of breast cancer. Deep breath. Onward and upward. It has been ten days now since I completed my last radiation therapy treatment for breast cancer, and I am sitting here nursing some... Continue Reading →

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