Category: Blogging

Fear: The one thing I will not allow to take over my life, hard as it has been

Fear: The one thing I will not allow to take over my life, hard as it has been
Every month Chicagonow has what is called a “Blogapalooza”. We are given a topic and we have one hour to write about it. This month’s topic: “Write about fear, or lack thereof, and the role it has played in any aspect of your life.”  What a perfect subject for me. In his first inaugural address President... Read more »

Donna Day 2014: Raising funds for pediatric cancer in honor of a very special girl

Donna Day 2014: Raising funds for pediatric cancer in honor of a very special girl
Back in 2011, the first year I started blogging for Chicagonow, I met Donna. I did not meet the in the flesh Donna, I met her through her Mother’s (Mary Tyler Mom of Chicagonow)  blog series. A thirty day chronicle of her extraordinary journey with pediatric cancer. A journey that ended in the worst possible way,... Read more »

Writers block: I've got it. Bad.

Writers block: I've got it. Bad.
February will mark three years that I have been writing for Chicagonow. I have officially published 306 blogs in that time frame, so 102 per year. Given my work schedule and busy life I’m pretty satisfied with the number of pieces I’ve put out. However, in the past two weeks I have suffered from the... Read more »
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A Seat at the Bar, with Elvis

A Seat at the Bar, with Elvis
Walking into a seedy old bar in Memphis, I was alone and needed a cocktail. I don’t typically frequent bars by myself but I just needed to think. I saw a man sitting at the end of the bar and couldn’t really catch his face at first. He had thick hair, almost completely gray and... Read more »

What a difference a day makes

What a difference a day makes
Each month we have what we call a “blogapalooza” hour. We are given a subject and have a short time to write about it. Our subject tonight is “what have you learned or experienced since you woke up this morning?” It’s ironic that this was the subject as today I happened to learn a lot... Read more »

The end of the BRCA series: a wrap up

Wow, what a month. When I first decided to do a series on the BRCA gene I really didn’t realize what was involved. Looking back I will never regret a second of it. But I do have some thoughts on the month. First, my guest posters. My amazing, brave group of women (and one man!)... Read more »
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Cancer: a time to realize who your friends really are

This whole month my blog has been devoted to raising awareness about the genetic mutation known as BRCA. Each weekday I had a guest post appear, written by someone who is also afflicted with this gene. I wanted to help people. I wanted to alert people to get tested and take necessary action to prevent... Read more »

Jan: BRCA1 positive and feeling like a ticking time bomb

Jan is a Language industry professional, wife and mother of two. She hails from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Written by Jan  “It’s okay, Mom, maybe they’ll grow back!” My eight year old daughter’s words of hope in 2011 after our girl-to-girl chat. I explained that since breast cancer runs in my genes, I was contemplating preventive... Read more »

Lindsay: The creator of Bright Pink and youngest patient to undergo a preventative mastectomy

Lindsay: The creator of Bright Pink and youngest patient to undergo a preventative mastectomy
Many of the women that you have read about this month are a bit older. Yet, there are thousands of young women now facing the knowledge that they must be tested and may be BRCA positive. I have my own two daughters 25 and 23 that will undergo testing. Having an organization that supports these... Read more »
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Vuokko: BRCA2 positive and living where health care is deemed excellent

Vuokko is almost 35. She has two great kids, aged 3 and 1. She lives in Finland with her British husband who she married in 2009. She works as a liaison person in a medical supply company. She studied in the US after high school for 4 years on a basketball scholarship. All in all, she considers... Read more »