Posts in category "cancer"

Nipples: Part deux

Well, I know you are all waiting, holding your breath as to what my decision was regarding my nipple dilemma. Seriously I pray none of you actually gave it a thought today but if you did I have an announcement to make: I chose Option 1. Why you ask? Well, I’m happy to tell you.... Read more »

Nipples, nips or whatever you want to call them: do I really need them now??

Nipples, nips or whatever you want to call them: do I really need them now??
Yep, I am writing about nipples. Not a subject that I woke up thinking I would write about today but as the day wore on, I have had to evaluate their necessity. Tomorrow I am headed to my friendly neighborhood plastic surgeon for my final phase of my breast reconstruction. Nipples. Once upon a time... Read more »

On being an adult orphan: closing a chapter in my life

It’s been a rough couple of weeks. My father passed away. We buried him on the 5th. We emptied his apartment yesterday. Worst thing ever. And now, I face the grim reality that I am an orphan. I don’t care that I am fifty six years old, I just know that I now have no... Read more »
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My Father, my friend

My Father, my friend
Early in the morning hours of August 2nd, my father took his last breath. I was not there; I had planned to but God works in mysterious ways and perhaps he did not want me to be there for that. I had decided the night before to wait until morning – the hospice nurse had... Read more »

A normal day, a normal life

Right now I am sitting in a hotel room in Hartford, WI. I’ve been in my PJ’s since 6pm, working and entering orders on my computer from a busy work day. I drove around 175 miles today, listened to the audio CD of “Bossypants” by Tina Fey and went on two sales calls. I wrote... Read more »

Choosing hope: when the s#*@t just doesn't stop hitting the fan

Choosing hope: when the s#*@t just doesn't stop hitting the fan
Hope. “To want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true”. Webster’s definition. “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies”. Andy Dufresne, Shawshank Redemption. Hope, hope, hope. I live for it. I hold onto it as though it is... Read more »
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Something old, something new: now I have no job for you

Something old, something new: now I have no job for you
Yesterday I went for a manicure. On the way there I started to think about all the things in life that have changed since I was a kid. Makes my head spin. Just going for a “no chip” manicure made me think about the “old days” when you simply went for a manicure. There was... Read more »

Life after cancer: tis the spring of my recovery

Life after cancer: tis the spring of my recovery
Ahhh spring. A warm breeze, a shining sun. A newly grown bunch of daffodils all yellow and bright. Lovely. It’s exciting to finally experience some nice weather after such a long, cold and awful winter. It’s particularly exciting when that winter was spent dealing with treatments, hair loss and surgeries. Ahhhh, spring. And now, life... Read more »

Breast reconstruction, surgeries and the never ending stream of scars: enough already!

Breast reconstruction, surgeries and the never ending stream of scars: enough already!
Dear God, Hi. How ya doing? Good but super busy? I can only imagine. I know you have lots on your plate and that my request is maybe not high on your priority list but one can hope. Right? Can’t I? Hope is what this little journey  of mine has been all about. Tomorrow big... Read more »
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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 »