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 →


"We have hope.  Rebellions are built on Hope!"  Jyn Erso, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Today is the big day and another special edition of my blog!  I am currently sitting in a chair getting my final Herceptin treatment!  When I started my first treatment on September 22, 2016, this day felt so far... Continue Reading →

One Year Later – Trusting the Force

“The Force will be with you, always.” Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: Episode 4 - A New Hope “Close your eyes. Feel it. The light…it’s always been there. It will guide you.” – Maz Kanata, Star Wars: Episode 7 - The Force Awakens I really can't believe that one year ago, while sitting in my living... Continue Reading →

Episode 3.2: Revenge of the Side Effects ~Clouded by the dark side of chemo~

"Hmm. To a dark place this line of thought will carry us. Great care we must take." Yoda, Star Wars: Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith Cancer is the menace, but the side effects from chemo can create many "dark side" moments.  I had hoped when I was diagnosed that I wouldn't have to... Continue Reading →

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