Where Did My Eyelashes Go?

“Where did my eyelashes go?” I literally said this out loud just last week.  I was getting ready to meet one of my Origami Owl Jewelry Bars (party) hostesses and set up her party.  I was putting on my mascara and when I got to my right eye, I had a clump of eyelashes missing.  Obviously, the…

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Focus on Joy

How can you focus on joy when going through chemo, radiation and surgery?  Everything was moving right along.  The first two chemo treatments were behind me, the turbans and wigs were here and as a family, we were adjusting to our new normal. We were literally looking ahead which was easy to do because Paige…

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Brave and Bald

I wanted to be Brave and Bald. I was 47 years old when I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. How could this be?  Breast cancer did not run in my family and I nursed both of my daughters.   By the time I was diagnosed, the cancer was Stage 3a and Grade 3, a…

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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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How To Organize Medical Information?

Organize How was I going to organize all of this info? After all, I was about to be overwhelmed with a flurry of doctor appointments and medical jargon.  This was so overwhelming.  I needed to make sense of it all. Chemo Education Before you start chemo, you have to attend Chemo Education.  I had never…

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