Posts tagged "cancer"

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 »

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 »

Good Riddance by Green Day: how appropriate for my 2013

Good Riddance by Green Day: how appropriate for my 2013
I have always defined a lot of my life by music, the joy it brings, the lyrics that touch me. I find myself thinking about the song Good Riddance by Green Day. It sums up the way I will remember this year. 2013 has been crazy. It began with the high of having had a... Read more »

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 »
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Trayvon Martin and Cory Monteith: having cancer as the world swirls around me

Trayvon Martin and Cory Monteith: having cancer as the world swirls around me
By now it’s fairly well known that I am dealing with a second case of breast cancer. It’s not known around the world or anything such as that, it’s known within my circle of friends and family and those kind enough to read this blog. The past few weeks have been like a surreal dream.... Read more »

Breast cancer 10 years later: life as I see it

Today I had my annual check up at the oncologist. I hate that word, oncologist. I hate the word cancer and everything that goes along with it. But I do love the fact that it’s now been just about ten years since I was diagnosed and I am here writing about it. Yes, that I... Read more »

The day my Earth stood still

The day my Earth stood still
This time of year is always hard for me. It’s been especially hard with the loss of a dear friend this week so I am feeling particularly vulnerable and melancholy. 9 years ago today my world as I knew it changed forever. It’s the day I discovered a lump in my breast. I had typically... Read more »
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Cancer and the inner circle; you don't want to be a member

Cancer and the inner circle; you don't want to be a member
This has been an interesting week for me as a member of cancer’s inner circle. One of my favorite blogger friends, Mary Tyler Mom wrote a controversial, heavily thought inducing piece regarding the possible creation of a bald Barbie doll for little girls with cancer to enjoy. (There is a facebook page, Beautiful and Bald... Read more »