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 →

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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 →

After Cancer: Who am I now?

First the good news. The weather cooled off. It then got hot again, but in the meantime I got my air conditioning fixed. So I am no longer in that airless, claustrophobic place. It is amazing the difference it makes. And then more good news. Today was my last radiation therapy! I have now had the surgery... Continue Reading →

What a week!

What is needed right here is a big eyes-crossed emoticon. But I'm too tired to find one, so you will have to make it up in your head. This has been one crazy week. On the bad side, my neck/shoulder pain has continued. I finally was able to figure out that it happens whenever pressure... Continue Reading →

Radiation therapy is NOT fun

I can't believe I have completed six days of radiation therapy already. That means only 19 days to go. Last treatment is scheduled for September 12th. And I have done nothing that I wanted to do, like take my laptop and go to a coffee shop to write for awhile after therapy. There have been... Continue Reading →

Facing into the dark

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 and peeled. I have a tiny bit of nerve damage in three fingertips on... Continue Reading →

I need to be brave

As I was sitting in the waiting room at chemo yesterday, I read a blog by a fellow cancer patient and amazing person, Nanea Hoffman, in which she talked about being referred to as a warrior. But she said she felt more like the battlefield than the warrior. I couldn't agree more! Even reading the... Continue Reading →

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