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Happiness Is…

Healing, Growth and Resilience. I am immeasurably grateful for all three.

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It’s just something the body does when you shake it.

Hooping, it turns out, is perfect post-breast-cancer-treatment therapy. Almost. It challenges my co-ordination, balance and spatial awareness. It entirely occupies my mind. Its frantic, erratic arm movements sneak my damaged limb into places I thought I’d left behind. It allows … Continue reading

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Surfboard

My port-a-cath has been out two months, today. I can hardly believe it’s gone. And I can hardly believe it was actually there. I am so grateful.

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And That’s Why You Always Leave A Note

I thought I’d squeaked out of chemo with just some swapped homophones and fatigue. As it turns out, memory issues are only issues if you remember you’ve forgotten stuff. Today, I noticed this note, stuck next to my home work/sew … Continue reading

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Thank you, 2010

I absolutely adored 2010. We were healthy, happy and together. We had loads to celebrate. And we celebrated often. Yet, reflecting on the year, this morning, I was shocked at its rockiness. Where reactions and reconnections reigned 2009, 2010 was … Continue reading

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Happiness Is…

The Kindness of Strangers. One year ago today, I started chemo. Days before — in anticipation of my hairless winter — Lucy, Bayla and I had combed the annual Originals Christmas Craft Fair in search of a funky chemo cap. … Continue reading

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Have We Done Hair Off Glasses On? (7 months)

Way over-gelled today, but getting nice and long! Related Posts: Watch it grow month by month They Make Me Feel Dressier Stubble Stings From the Mouth of Bayla #5 Hair Shaving Celebration (video) Hair Shaving (audio) Sorry about the photo … Continue reading

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Have We Done Hair Off Glasses On? (6 months)

And, thanks to chemo-induced menopause, my face is becoming furry! Related Posts: Watch it grow month by month They Make Me Feel Dressier Stubble Stings From the Mouth of Bayla #5 Hair Shaving Celebration (video) Hair Shaving (audio)

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They Make Me Feel Dressier**

I never would have guessed I’d miss my Groucho Marx eye brows. Even after I’d lost them, I would have laughed right out loud at the thought of coaxing them back. But, tonight I did just that. I googled growing … Continue reading

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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

I’m often asked for tips for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, their family and friends. But every situation is different — and it’s tough to tell which of or whether my choices have actually helped. The best I can do … Continue reading

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Have We Done Hair Off Glasses On? (5 months)

It’s Curly! Related Posts: Previous Month Snapshots Stubble Stings From the Mouth of Bayla #5 Hair Shaving Celebration (video) Hair Shaving (audio)

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Have We Done Hair Off Glasses On? (4 months)

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Happiness Is…

Being Me. It’s a month, today, since my final radiation treatment. In these four glorious weeks, I’ve been living it up and lollygagging with good friends and good family. I’ve grown some eyelashes and some hair. I’ve stepped up to … Continue reading

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Have We Done Hair Off Glasses On? (3 months)

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Have We Done Hair Off Glasses On? (2 months)

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