Monthly Archives: March 2011

It’s their problem, not mine

Yesterday, I came across a bunch of pictures taken while I was bald because of chemo.  I see now that I looked kind of crazy. But back then, the bald, emaciated look felt oddly normal. When I lost my hair, … Continue reading

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Cancerversary

Last Friday, was my cancerversary. Seven years ago on 3/25/04, I scratched my right breast and found a lump about the size of a walnut. Initially, I wasn’t worried. After all, I figured that after losing my first husband to … Continue reading

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Celebrating Wina

“Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” – Irish saying Yesterday, on a dreary, snowy morning, my dear friend, Maura, and her family celebrated  their sister, Wina’s, life with a … Continue reading

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Brownies and flowers

When I was in treatment my daughter said she felt kind of guilty for enjoying the chemo weeks. Huh? Turns out, she loved the benefits that came w/cancer:  brownies, flowers, and reading books w/me in bed.

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Do it for the kids

As part of Children’s Cancer Awareness and Advocacy Day today, my daughter and four of her friends went to Capitol Hill to lobby with Cure Search to raise awareness for children’s cancer. If a bunch of 15-year-olds can try to … Continue reading

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Get on board

I grew up living near the ocean. For me, being on the water feels like meditation. Just after I finished my treatment, one of my chemo buddies talked me into joining her in a ‘learn to row’ weekend sponsored by … Continue reading

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A trial saved my life

Dr. Peter Bach’s  New York Times Health Blog today got me thinking about clinical trials. I had the dumb luck to be randomized into the most successful arm of the three-arm Herceptin trial. My normally low-key doctor was giddy w/delight … Continue reading

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