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The Middle Miles of Treatment

If you’ve run a marathon, you know the beginning is really exciting. You’re in a corral with rows and rows of eager people jumping up and down, stretching, taking pictures, talking race strategy. The event organizers are playing Runnin’ Down A Dream by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. There are balloon arches and cheerleaders. It’s awesome. Continue reading “The Middle Miles of Treatment”

Hitting the Wall

1 Corinthians 13:12 (King James Version): For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

Being sidelined is challenging.  Continue reading “Hitting the Wall”

Pivot! Starting Phase 2 Chemo.

I will write more later, but my doctors and I have regrouped! I’m starting Phase 2 (of 2) of chemotherapy tomorrow, September 29.   Continue reading “Pivot! Starting Phase 2 Chemo.”

Giving Thanks

I finished Phase 1 of my chemotherapy treatment two weeks ago! My friend Lauren and my mom were there, and I got to “ring the bell!” (There is actually a real bell you get to ring when you finish a treatment. The infusion center staff comes and cheers. It is cute.)  Continue reading “Giving Thanks”

Being a Mom With Cancer

During my college course SMAD 256: Principles of Advertising, our professor organized us into groups and we competed to have our campaign chosen by the University Health Center. I will say that the class was challenging and a little stressful, but in a fun way. Once, as my group (which happened to be comprised of all women) met to brainstorm logos for our “agency,” one woman confessed, “Guys, I don’t know why I’m doing this. All I want to do is be a mom.” I remember looking at her wide-eyed, shocked.  Continue reading “Being a Mom With Cancer”

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Last Saturday morning I took a shower, and I was like, “Oh boy. There it goes.” Lots of hair was coming out in my hands.  Continue reading “Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow”

Surgery and Oncology and Parenting, Oh…My…

On the way back from one of my appointments this week I saw a squirrel shimmying across a telephone wire. The squirrel had a wide distance to cover. It looked precarious to me, and a bit unnatural. I would have preferred to see that squirrel in a tree.

But I knew it would make it across the wire.

Continue reading “Surgery and Oncology and Parenting, Oh…My…”

Stormy Weather: A Biopsy Story, Part 2 of 2

You can read Part 1 here

On Monday, June 20 I had a biopsy of THE LUMP. My reaction to the biopsy was “Thank goodness for numbing medicine.” I was also encouraged because I watched the biopsy on the ultrasound screen, and the lump seemed really movable. Based on my unscientific Internet research, tumors are more “locked in.”     Continue reading “Stormy Weather: A Biopsy Story, Part 2 of 2”

Stormy Weather: A Biopsy Story, Part 1 of 2

A month ago, I found A LUMP. I was a little concerned, but I decided to give it a week for a couple of reasons: Continue reading “Stormy Weather: A Biopsy Story, Part 1 of 2”

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