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Reading the Past

Recently many people Tweeted, blogged, and FB statused (!) reflections on two dear friends they lost to metastatic breast cancer a year ago in February.  I knew neither woman; they were, in a sense, before my time.  Before my time … Continue reading

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A Perfectly Unnatural State

Over the last week or so I’ve been struggling with something stuck in my craw.  I’m not sure what it is, although I’ve been trying desperately to find out.   The thoughts go something like this: Yeah, I know.  All over … Continue reading

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It’s Weird

I read an essay today that described a kind of alienation felt by a woman with stage iv breast cancer.  Friends fall off the radar, neighbors don’t know how to treat you or what to say, you’re faced with an … Continue reading

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Six Months

Today is the six month mark.  I guess some would term it a “cancerversary,” but I wouldn’t call it that.  First, because I hate the term “cancerversary.”   And, second, I haven’t bought any commemorative jewelry for the occasion.   (Note: … Continue reading

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On Being Nominated for Multiple Awards

“It’s an honor just to be nominated.” We all hear this on the days and weeks that lead up the the Oscars.  And every time I hear it I say, “Bullshit!  You want to win!”  Then network television made the … Continue reading

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Pain Management

So I’m five months into this cancer crap.  And, to quote a popular refrain, “what a long strange trip it’s been.” I take it a day at a time, but the days have been pretty long since October.   The last … Continue reading

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Talking with My Mom

My mom and me have always had a good relationship.  The way we fight and annoy one another, outsiders might think that was a crazy statement to make, but it’s true.  Mom was born in 1930 and grew up poor.  … Continue reading

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Friends: Our Chosen Family

I really appreciate my friends.  For me they are as much my family as anything else in the world.  They make me laugh, think, wonder, and enjoy life in a way I could not otherwise.  What I love about my … Continue reading

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Professional Identity in Crisis

Today might be the hardest hit I’ve taken with this breast cancer crap.  In mid-September, I woke up and my lower back hurt.  I took it in stride, took two Motrin, and waited for it to pass.  It stayed.  I … Continue reading

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The Anchor (Part Two)

When I realized that knitting had become a life preserver throughout this breast cancer experience, I wondered if anyone else had given this any thought. I am known to over think even the smallest things and that often makes me … Continue reading

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