Episode 11: Support

"Thank you for your support, General.  Happy beeps." - Poe Dameron, Star Wars: Episode 9 - The Last Jedi As a cancer patient, it's important to seek support when you need it.  There are many reasons you might need support:  emotionally, physically, monetarily...  It could be something as simple as asking someone to listen to... Continue Reading →

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Episode 10: The Balance of Healing

"I may be done with my treatments, but I'm not done healing." I had this assumption that once I was done with my treatments in August, I would just feel better...  Feel like myself again.  In reality, I do feel better in some ways, but not in others, and the process has been slow.  I... Continue Reading →

Special Edition: Hair Video & Podcasting

Writing this blog and sharing my cancer story has been very important to me for a couple reasons: bringing hope and positivity during a dark time, providing awareness to the trials and tribulations of cancer, and being able to accept it for myself.  What it has led to is a few very unexpected things that... Continue Reading →

Episode 9: The Hair Journey

"Insert future Episode 9 quote here..." OR "Hair does not define you." Since Episode 9 only exists in its infancy at this point, there is no quote that I can attach to this blog post.  However, I did want to share a quote from the woman that shaved my hair off last October: "Hair does... Continue Reading →

Episode 8: The Last Herceptin

Luke: "Breathe. Just breathe. Now reach out. What do you see?"  Rey: "Light. Darkness. A balance."  Luke: "It's so much bigger." - Star Wars: Episode 8 - The Last Jedi My cancer treatments lasted almost exactly one year.  Time felt like it was moving at a slow crawl at the beginning, but then suddenly started... Continue Reading →

Episode 7: The Lymphedema Awakens

  "This is not how I thought this day was going to go."  Han Solo, Star Wars: Episode 7 - The Force Awakens So, after chemo, surgery, and radiation and on the path to recovery, what else could possibly go wrong???  Oh yeah, latent side effects from radiation!  In July I got an infection in my breast... Continue Reading →

Episode 6: Return of the Fatigue

"Remember, a Jedi's strength flows from the Force."  Yoda, Star Wars: Episode 6 - Return of the Jedi For much of my treatment (chemo and radiation), I felt like some Sith Lord put me in a Dark Side trance and at the end of the day I'd be like, "What just happened?"  I wasn't feeling... Continue Reading →

Episode 5: The Radiation Strikes Back

"The force is strong with you, young Skywalker, but you are not a Jedi yet."  Darth Vader, Star Wars: Episode 5 - The Empire Strikes Back Radiation therapy:  Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells (1). X-rays, gamma rays, and charged particles are types of radiation used for cancer treatment.  Radiation therapy... Continue Reading →

Episode 4: A New Normal (and A Tough Decision)

"Uh, everything's under control. Situation normal." - Han Solo, Star Wars: Episode 4 - A New Hope What is "normal?" When I first started my cancer treatment, I would come across the phrase "this is your new normal" a lot.  What does that mean?  Normal is relative to the person that's answering that question.  My... Continue Reading →

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