Fear and Gratitude

Some days you just want to step away from your life and say, “Enough.” Today was another visit with my oncologist, and it was one of those days. It seems that the plans for treatment and surgeries have grown more complicated as the weeks have passed. As of today, there’s chemo, bilateral mastectomy, hysterectomy, Tamoxifen…Read more »

Being a Two-Timer and Other Things

It’s not what you think. Seriously. I was diagnosed with breast cancer (triple negative invasive ductal carcinoma) in 2004 at the age of 31. At that time, I had a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation. When I went in to find out my current biopsy results in July 2016, I expected a recurrence. Instead, the surgeon…Read more »

Waiting and Dealing with Cancer

It seems like much of dealing with cancer is waiting. Waiting for biopsy results… Waiting for doctor visits… Waiting for scans… Waiting for insurance to approve treatment… Waiting for treatment to begin… Waiting for surgery… You get the idea. For me, the waiting is the hardest part. I do much better when there’s action that…Read more »

Down the Rabbit Hole

It’s not every day you find out you have a rare genetic disorder. Granted, I had already had one genetic test in 2004 after my first diagnosis of breast cancer, but at that time the tests were limited to BRCA. Considering the strong history of cancer in my family, I had expected a positive result.…Read more »

Maximizing Happiness

Reading The Happiness Dare by Jennifer Dukes Lee has been an interesting and often revelatory experience. Did I just say that? Indeed I did! For a duty-driven and responsible person like myself, learning about happiness can be quite new. Putting that learning into action, though, makes all the difference in this case. So far, I’ve…Read more »