I’m sorry, Robin Williams
Aug13

I’m sorry, Robin Williams

Someday, when we are fighting suicidal depression, we are going to be able to get a blood test and the doctor will say, “ok. This is why you are feeling this way. Here is the precise concoction that is going to get your brain chemistry back to normal, lickety-split.” You are going to feel instant relief and no side effects because your body won’t be fighting against drugs you don’t need and you won’t be a...

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‘Y’oung survivors
Apr28

‘Y’oung survivors

Julie, riding the bull at one of our conferences. If you know me or have read my blog for any length of time, you know I’m part of an amazing community of young survivors of breast cancer. I found these ladies when I was desperately searching for more information about breast cancer just a few short weeks after being diagnosed in 2006. With my first lumpectomy failing, I finally stopped for a moment to ask, “am I doing the...

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Beth’s video – because it’s awesome!

My friend Beth has a passion for “breast cancer awareness” the way I do: in your face, asking “what are you really doing about this crap?” kind of awareness. I write. She likes to make videos. Her videos make me cry buckets. Some of it is the music. Some of it is that I know what a sweet person she is and how much she wants something, ANYTHING to happen to make sure no more of our friends die. It’s such a...

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Promise to Danica
Aug26

Promise to Danica

As an active participant of the Young Survival Coalition, I have young survivor friends scattered all over the world. I have the great fortune of seeing many of them every year at the annual conference. One friend I made not long after I started chemo was Danica Martinez. I wrote about her around this time last year. After chemo and surgery, when she thought she was out of the woods, Danica came down with chemo-induced leukemia....

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Nancy Wehrell
May18

Nancy Wehrell

I have tons of posts in my head … lots to say … mostly good and positive thoughts these days … things I think you would love to hear. I haven’t had time. Life has been extremely busy for months now (like heart-attack-busy) through this past weekend. I’m grateful for all that I’ve been doing, all that I have accomplished and even more grateful that it is all now complete. My schedule is wonderfully...

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Melinda Gordon

An online buddy died today. Melinda – or Doc Melinda, as I knew her – was a 35-year-old medical oncologist living in Chicago who had inflammatory breast cancer. Her initial treatment – which was extremely aggressive – began in 2005 and seemed successful, but she recurred in May of this year and spiraled down very fast. She posted on Oct. 12 that she felt hospice was right around the corner and her mind was...

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