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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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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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2012, Don’t Let the Door Hit Ya!

First of all, 2012 sucked!  Before July 19 all I bitched about were office politics and cat hurl.  Things have changed a tad.  And while I can certainly detail the changes, there is one profound change worth talking about.  Particularly … Continue reading

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The Meltdown

Change is never easy, but as a change agent in my professional life I’ve always been willing to suck it up.  I don’t always like it, but I can usually find a opening that appeals to me and warms me … Continue reading

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What I Did On My Autumn Paincation

Life has sure been a challenge since late September.  A period I have begun to call my paincation.  It has been a rough couple of months physically and psychologically Just at the point that every challenge turned me into a … Continue reading

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Lyrica

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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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What I Want

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Prognosis

The first time I heard the word “prognosis” as part of this little breast cancer adventure was back in July when I was diagnosed.  80% was the magic number.  I had an 80% chance of survival.  I remember saying, “Can’t … 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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