The Day I Met Red Devil Chemo

Red devil chemo was waiting for me. On January 12, 2009, the port was in place and we were ready to go. A portacath is a small medical appliance inserted near the left clavicle and had a tube that went directly to the superior vena cava. This positioning allowed the infused chemotherapy to be spread throughout the body quickly and…

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The Beginning of Hope

On December 31, 2008, I met with the Hematologist-Oncologist. She worked me in as her last appointment on New Years Eve day.  I did my research on her because choosing the right chemo doctor was a life saving decision.  She completed her fellowship at NYU and there were no sanctions or malpractice claims in the last 14…

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The Diagnosis

  Monday, December 29, 2008, I went to see the Surgical Oncologist.  As I sat in the waiting room, I saw despair on the faces of so many people.  While I was waiting for my name to be called, I prayed for everyone in there.  I prayed silent prayers that God would intervene in each…

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Forever Changed

It was a normal morning in November of 2008.  I was in the shower getting ready for the day.  I reached for my loofah (bath sponge) and shower gel.  No loofah!  It was across the bathroom in the tub and I was in a hurry so I just put some shower gel in my hand. …

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Why Share My Story Now?

When you receive a diagnosis of cancer, your life changes forever.  From that point on, you are known as the one who has cancer.  Some people deal with it by talking to everyone about every detail.  That just wasn’t me. I remember sitting in my office telling the principal and the principal’s secretary that my…

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