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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So there I was, minding my own business, feeling good, feeling strong, and bam! my body took a nosedive. To say nothing of the fact that I'm back in the world, making plans, fulfilling commitments, and I just don't have time for this shit. My internist had recommended that I get a pneumonia vaccine and... Continue Reading →


Guess what? Along with cancer and surgery and treatment, I get a survivorship care plan! So exciting. Not really, but I'll take whatever they give me. What is a survivorship care plan, you ask? Apparently it's a new program my medical oncology office offers, where a nurse practitioner goes over the details of your treatment,... Continue Reading →


It's day six of the first week-long vacation my husband and I have taken in two years, and it's pretty damn good to remember what vacation feels like. Needless to say, last summer was anything but a vacation between surgeries and the start of chemo, to say nothing of leaving my awful job in the... Continue Reading →

Standing Tall on the Shore

After all of the anxiety building up to and during my scans this week, the news was good. I am officially cancer-free (or at least my boobs are and that's what counts at this point). Not only was I crying during the scans, but I burst into a bonafide bawl when I got the results... Continue Reading →

The Specter of Cancer

They call it "scanxiety" and I totally get it now. Tomorrow I will have my first mammogram and ultrasound post-diagnosis and while I'm hoping and praying that the news is good, I'm also scared to death. Just thinking about it brings me to tears. In the last two weeks, I've met with my breast surgeon... Continue Reading →

Blog Hop

Another blogger I respect, and who has been doing this a lot longer than I have, has issued a blogging challenge, called a blog hop. I've never done this before, but what the heck, right? Nancy, of Nancy’s Point, has offered a set a questions for us to answer, so here goes: 1. Who are... Continue Reading →

Relationships and Cancer

I am honored to have been asked to contribute to Share Cancer Support’s blog on the topic of relationships and cancer. I was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer a little over a year ago and from my experience, relationships change A LOT with cancer. While I’m not one of those people who will paint... Continue Reading →

Fuck Chemo

Yesterday, I met with my new medical oncologist (my prior one moved to a different practice and I decided to stay with the practice) and while the jury is still out on whether or not I'll stay with her or the practice, I did learn something pretty troubling. It seems that the worst of the... Continue Reading →


So a funny thing happened on my way through cancer surgery, treatment, and recovery -- I got really picky about how I spend my time and who I spend it with. It's not really that I wasn't picky before, but I was often motivated by obligation, responsibility, and "should dos," and therefore found myself spending... Continue Reading →

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