‘H’ealthy

At a breast cancer survivor’s annual conference, there is a workshop that is usually held which contains the phrase “the new normal.” I’ve always hated the concept. In essence, the new normal is finding what is now going to be normal for you post-cancer and you are guaranteed is nothing like who you were before cancer. In other words, you will never get your old self back; get over it. Of course, the truth is...

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C is for things better than cancer
Apr04

C is for things better than cancer

You wish you could be this awesome. There are so many better c-words in English than cancer. (Stop snickering.) Cupcakes, Christmas, crafts, cruise, Cancun, create, couch, corn dogs and cocktail to name a few. Hell, I’ll take Cesearean and carbuncle over cancer any day. Give me a cohort, coefficient or a colorectal exam. I might even take cholera. Keep cancer. I have (and had) no plans to write about cancer today –...

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‘A’ year to forget?
Apr01

‘A’ year to forget?

Photo by William Warby. I recently read a blogging challenge to blog “A to Z” through the month of April. A few days later, an old friend and blog follower contacted me by email to make sure I was still alive. It was kind of rotten of me to announce my cancer recurrence and surgery, then fall off the face of the earth! So, with those two moments aligning, I’ve decided to take the challenge. I’m a writer and I...

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Cancer Wordle
Aug26

Cancer Wordle

I made this out of words from this blog.

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Cancer treatment flow chart
Jul30

Cancer treatment flow chart

A friend sent this to me yesterday. It’s so true. Sad, but true. (Here’s the link if you want to see it on xkcd, where it...

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Five years ain’t just a Bowie song
Mar17

Five years ain’t just a Bowie song

Let’s get something out of the way right now: five years of surviving ER+ breast cancer don’t mean jack. Yeah, surviving means something. Yes, every passing year is nice. Krikey, after a cancer diagnosis, every passing day is nice. Five years without flat-out passing is even more spectacular. But five years doesn’t mean I’m cured. It doesn’t really mean much at all when you are ER+. My risk went down...

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