Tag Archives: vulnerability

Flayed Alive

I used to love to enthrall my history students with tales of the Assyrians. They would flay their victims while they were alive and parade them in cages to the next village on their map of conquest in order to … Continue reading

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Two Kidneys, Two Clots, and a Tumor Called Floyd

Cancer sucks on so many levels. Indeed, many liken the Stage IV experience to a roller coaster because of the ridiculous numbers of peaks and valleys with little time in between to catch your breath. And so it was for … Continue reading

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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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Remission

The Catch-22 of having metastatic breast cancer is this: when you’re caught in a period of crisis all you hope for is that your scans will improve, the pain will lessen or go away, your energy will return, and that … Continue reading

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Released from Prison

Where the hell have I been these past few months? Well, ever since my last episode with radiation of a painful bone tumor in my sacrum, I seem to have misplaced my voice. It could likely be lost among my yarn stash, but … Continue reading

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The Breastless Nude

Recently I went on quite a tear when it was revealed that Kohl’s and Komen had co-opted METAvivor’s intellectual property for an ad campaign. It really rakes my last nerve when people do this; rather than call up an original idea–which … Continue reading

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Komen SHAME!

There’s no getting around the horse’s ass: Kohl’s and Susan G. Komen made a reprehensible move.  It’s the same old cause marketing shill that makes money for Kohl’s, employs another celebrity hack, and fills the coffers of Susan G. Komen … Continue reading

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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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You Want It? You Got It.

Dear Ladies Who Want My Breast Cancer, I know that my blog posts and Twitter activity have been minimal since august of 2013. It was a miserable year filled with tests, pain, and uncertainty. I think I have been distant … Continue reading

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