Category Archives: Stage IV Musings

The exploration of mortality, disease, and quality of life.

Past Tense

The paperwork is in. Fifty pages compiled by four people and faxed to two insurance companies. Disability. I didn’t want to do it. Indeed, for two years I fought hard to crawl my way back to who I was. I can hardly … Continue reading

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STFU

So I’ve been attempting to write post after post after post, inevitably trashing them all. I tried one on depression, one on anxiety, one on pink. Whatever I tried it just never worked. And I have to say that through … Continue reading

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DONE

Radiation: Day Five

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Let’s Make a Deal

In what has become an early spring event, I am looking at my second bone tumor crisis. Just at the moment that I felt fabulous and had an energy level that I had not felt since before I was diagnosed … Continue reading

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Upcoming Conferences for Those with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Two upcoming conferences offer the potential of real benefit for women and men with breast cancer, and also to their caregivers, friends, and families. Registration is now open for Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Eighth Annual Conference for Women Living with Metastatic … Continue reading

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Facepalm

You all know my feelings about Susan G. Komen (see my commentary here, here, and here).  And it has always been puzzling to me that a woman whose sister supposedly died of breast cancer that metastasized would establish an organization … Continue reading

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#TALKPINK

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One More Thing!

Okay, just one more commentary on this ad campaign and I will move on. When I found out that I had breast cancer, the world-class surgeon to whom I was referred downplayed its seriousness.  When I look back, it has … Continue reading

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The Road to Ruin

I have been blessed with relatively good health all of my life.   I did go some years without health insurance as a professional student, but I came through that okay.  The closest I came to chronic disease was reading about … Continue reading

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The Whole Chronic Thing

When I was first diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, I wanted a second opinion.  It wasn’t that I thought another physician would tell me that I was fine, I just wanted to hear another take on the whole thing. So … Continue reading

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