B9
Apr02

B9

In Cancerland, there is a lot of morbid humor and insider language. Our reconstructed breasts are foobs (fake + boobs). The dates of diagnosis, surgery or whatever sticks with us is a cancerversary. I found myself giggling just a little today when I read about someone’s nipple falling off. It wasn’t a funny story. But I have earned the right to laugh to keep from crying when it comes to breast cancer. When you have sat in...

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Seven years
Mar17

Seven years

With my daughter, just after shestarted kindergarten. As of today, I’m a seven-year survivor of cancer. Lucky number seven. Luck of the Irish. Oh, sure, I recurred after five years and three months, but I am still here. And that is no small thing. Seven years ago at this time, I was completely terrified that I wouldn’t see my daughter start kindergarten. I did get to see her start kindergarten, and first grade, second...

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Surviving this week: Aug. 6-10
Aug11

Surviving this week: Aug. 6-10

I told you not to get too attached to my bright ideas. Two weeks, no surviving post. Get over it. I am still struggling with the flank pain I told you about a month ago. Don’t mind me. I’ve been struggling with it for years now. In the past month, I had a huge pain attack of the “can’t work” variety. It really stunk. Really, I couldn’t move. At all. Even prescription painkillers weren’t...

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Surviving this week: July 15-21, 2012
Jul21

Surviving this week: July 15-21, 2012

Resistance is futile. I had this idea last week to do a weekly blog post about some issue related to being a cancer survivor. As someone trying to find something better to talk about than stupid cancer, the weekly post will give me a chance to share what’s new or what’s bugging me and frees up the rest of my week for more delightful pursuits, like refashioning and painting furniture! This is my second week! Yay!...

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Surviving this week: July 8-14, 2012
Jul14

Surviving this week: July 8-14, 2012

I wish we were talking this kind of softball. So, I have this idea for a regular post about life as a cancer survivor and this may be the first one. Or it may be the first and last one. I’m flakey like that. The idea is that I give myself one post a week to give you a quick little overview of how fun and exciting life can be as a survivor! I’ll talk about doctor’s appointments, medication or whatever happens to be on...

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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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