Tag Archives: Cancer

Welcome to the club

My friend, Lyd, had her tests on Monday and got the call from her doctor today. Her cancer is back. I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around this news. It doesn’t seem possible. I’m so sad that Lyd … Continue reading

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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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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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