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Progression

When I ended the call I stared at the screen looking for an app that I could consult for answers.  But the reality?   There was no app. I had just spoken with my oncologist and learned that Tamoxifen, the drug … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Tamoxifen

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Don’t Be Stupid

I’ve been slowly pushing back into work and it’s been going well.  Just as I get going it’s time to go home.  I pushed it a bit one day and paid for it the next, but I’m getting there.  Patience, … Continue reading

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The Construction Crane

With a Nor’easter brewing off the Atlantic coast this morning, I headed off to my second PET/CT scan in as many months.  I was supposed to do this last week, but Hurricane Sandy made landfall and a 90 mph wind … Continue reading

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Excuses

Excuses. from ruivo! on Vimeo. Excuses make the breast cancer grow.

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Euphemisms

One of the critiques of pink ribbon culture is that in its desire to spread awareness of breast cancer prevention and detection, it often does so by attaching itself to the sexualization of women’s breasts in order to spread the … Continue reading

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Strategy

It’s been an interesting summer. For New York City, the summer of 2012 has been one of the hottest and most humid summers on record.  But let’s face it, every summer in NYC feels like you’re living on the sun.  … Continue reading

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Survivor

I am an H1N1 survivor.  I am a pneumonia survivor. In the cancer culture, “survivor” is an established part of the lexicon. It is part of every fundraiser, every article, found on every discussion board, and definitely part of tributes … Continue reading

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Lull

It’s been less than 30 days filled with diagnoses, tests, meetings, research, blogging, and the beginning of treatment. Things moved pretty quickly, all things considered.  I’ve read countless blog entries, written more, researched until my eyes bled, and managed to … Continue reading

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Ten Things to Do with a Bottle of Tamoxifen

There is nothing more real than that moment you face medication for cancer treatment.  Diagnoses are one thing; when you take medication you have resigned yourself to the road of treatment that lies ahead.  Much of it cloaked in dark … Continue reading

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