The Journey Begins

In June of this year (2018), I was diagnosed with breast cancer -- to be specific, invasive ductal carcinoma (stage 2, initially stage 1), hormone positive, Her2/neu negative [I've learned that these details are important to survivors and help us recognize one another and understand our respective journeys]. It was an absolute shock, coming after... Continue Reading →

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One Year

It's a bit mind-boggling to realize that today marks exactly one year since I received my cancer diagnosis. I remember details from that day vividly (sitting at my desk at work, receiving the call from my doctor, tears choking my voice as I asked questions, the difficult call to my husband). By the time I... Continue Reading →

Firsts

In just a few days, the calendar will mark the one-year anniversary of my diagnosis. Hard to believe that one year ago, I received the call that would change my life irrevocably. More reflections on that to come as I hit that date, but this week marks a few firsts, or at least firsts post-treatment.... Continue Reading →

Graduation and New Beginnings

Today, I "graduated" from my short-term, cancer-focused therapy and it feels like an occasion that should be marked. The organization providing this is CancerCare (cancercare.org) and I can't say enough good things about the support and help I have received from them. They are based in NYC, but offer their services free-of-charge to cancer patients... Continue Reading →

Freckles

Today, I had a check-up with the retinal specialist as ongoing follow-up for a torn retina that was repaired about 18 months ago. As part of the exam, he also checked on the "freckle" on my retina that was discovered by my ophthalmologist recently. It turns out that I have them in both eyes and... Continue Reading →

The Cancer Prom

Last night, I was invited by a friend to be their guest at a fundraising gala for the American Cancer Society, a lovely and generous gesture. I was worried about getting all dolled up for a black tie event. All of the gowns I had from my days as a fundraising executive seemed odd and... Continue Reading →

Chemo Curls

Yes, they have a name and they are called chemo curls. When I realized that my most recent Google searches involved products to straighten them, products to encourage hair growth, and statistics on how long it would be until my "normal" hair comes back, I figured it was time to write about it. My head... Continue Reading →

Watch Your Language

I've been thinking a lot lately about the words used to describe cancer, undergoing treatment, and its aftermath. While I have probably used all of these at one point or another, I find them all problematic in various ways. Here are a few thoughts on a few that hit me the wrong way or at... Continue Reading →

Fear

A few months ago, I joined an online writing group for cancer patients. Each week, the members of the group receive both a short and a long prompt to inspire that week's writing. This week, the topic was fear and I thought I'd share some of what I wrote here. Specifically, we were asked to... Continue Reading →

Six Months Or More

One of the things I did after I finished radiation was to enroll in a program of short-term, cancer-focused therapy through a cancer program in NYC. I realized that I might have some difficulty transitioning from daily treatment to life post-treatment, and it has proven to be a godsend. It's a half hour of phone... Continue Reading →

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