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Up here, Michael.

In October 2009, I was desperate to have both breasts removed. Thanks to my insistent surgeon, I didn’t. They’re small. They’re lopsided. There are scars on both. But they’re here. And so am I. Lucky me.

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Happiness Is..

Healing Time. A year ago today was my second cancer surgery (complete axillary lymph node removal). I wish I’d known, going into those surgeries, that my right arm and upper body would be permanently damaged. And I sure wish I’d … Continue reading

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Happiness Is…

Good Health. One year ago today, was my first cancer surgery. Today, that’s all a distant blur. I’m strong. I’m healthy. I’m happy. And I plan to stay that way for a good long time. Lucky, lucky me.

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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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Happiness is…

Healing. Eleven days after my First Surgery This gruesome* photo was taken 11 days after my first surgery (Oct. 26, 2009, lumpectomy and sentinel lymph node removal). * don’t click if you’re squeamish Four months after my Second Surgery This … Continue reading

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Happiness Is…

Arm Mobility. Two months ago today was my most recent lymph node and breast surgery… and look what I can do now. It’s been more than three months since my most recent yoga class, so my whole body is less … Continue reading

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And For My Next Trick…

Aside from the obvious feats for the squeamish (injections, surgeries, claustrophobic scans and implanted heart vein stuff), the past 3 months have provided me with opportunities to perform the following impressive stunts (please hum “The Final Countdown” while reading this … Continue reading

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Difficult Decisions

Being decisive is hard, especially when new information causes you to constantly revisit, rethink and even reverse your decisions. That’s par for the course when you’re dealing with something like cancer-related surgery. We’ve had our audio recorders running during a … Continue reading

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From the mouth of Bayla #3: Right, Again

A couple days ago mom had an extra lump above her incision and everyone was worried, everyone, that is, exept for me, I knew straight away what it was, the day of mom’s biopsy and she went to the dentists … Continue reading

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Gearing up for Chemo #2

Mysteries which I hope are solved at my pre-chemo oncology appointment today: Why is my port-a-cath migrating in my chest? What’s with the new lump just above my lumpectomy incision? Why are my forearms and wrists weak and painful since … Continue reading

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The supporter experience #1: don’t panic

Don’t Panic. Those are the insightful words that grace the cover of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the fictitious guide in the earthly book by Douglas Adams. I’ve tried to live by those words for most of my adult life. … Continue reading

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Thank You, 2009

Mark mumbled early this morning some plans involving scotch and the ringing out of “this horrid year”. But doctors believe breast cancer takes six to eight years to develop to a detectable size and this was the year we caught … Continue reading

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