Brace, Brace, Brace

For the first time in quite a few years, the weight of MBC is is a very present threat and we find ourselves bracing for what’s coming. In hindsight, I think I’d already started bracing for the news we got last week. Early last week, I had a PET/CF, which I get roughly quarterly, and … Continue reading Brace, Brace, Brace

Remembering friends lost in 2021

In March of 2020, my dear friend, Emily Garnett, was murdered by Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC).  As I struggled to process my deep deep grief that also felt somehow outside the mainstream, a dear friend offered me a lifeline.  Alyson Tischler responded to a comment I’d made on social media about my grief … Continue reading Remembering friends lost in 2021

What is wrong with people and other related questions

As 2022 begins and the world is once again beset with complications involving COVID-19, this time with the Omicron variant, I find myself pondering many things. At the forefront of my mind is the question, "What is wrong with people?" This one comes up a lot in varying levels of frustration. There are more people … Continue reading What is wrong with people and other related questions

I have a Confession

I've been really down lately. I think these feeling are a result of a combination of unexpected progression in October, precipitously rising tumor markers (highest since diagnosis over four (4) years ago), a new diagnosis for one of my boys, very low hemoglobin (I'm just about in the territory where infusions are routinely given), pretty … Continue reading I have a Confession

Remembering the MBC Healing Circle

The earliest communication I can find from Ilene Kaminsky about the MBC Healing Circle was in April of 2021 where she was explaining what a healing circle was, highlighted her training, and invited me to participate. While I'd interacted a bit with Ilene on Twitter at that point, our interactions then were superficial and wholly … Continue reading Remembering the MBC Healing Circle

Happy New Year, 2022

Each year, I spend some time looking back, not to castigate myself for failures, but to consider what has happened. 2021 has been quite the year, for the entire world. This exercise helps me focus on the year ahead by reminding me what went well and what didn’t. I wrote about my musings previously. Here’s … Continue reading Happy New Year, 2022

Following Up, San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 2021

It's been a few days since I got back from San Antonio and I've had a chance to think more about the aftermath of the week away. It's always a big ask of my husband and my parents for me to be gone in light of the child care requirements at home and I'm thankful … Continue reading Following Up, San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 2021

San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, Part/Day III

It's my last day at the conference since I fly home to my guys tomorrow and I can definitely feel my energy lagging after the last few information packed days. I took it easy today, starting late (as I've done for the last few days honestly) and pacing myself with watching some sessions on my … Continue reading San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, Part/Day III

San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 2021, Part/Day II

The second day of SABCS 2021 was quite a whirlwind and I'm still adjusting to the level of activity and brain/focus requirements. Getting a good night's sleep after the intense day on Tuesday was key and my roommate, the amazing Laura Carfang, of SurvivingBreastCancer.org, left me to snooze while she headed off to the early … Continue reading San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 2021, Part/Day II

San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 2021, Part/Day I

Today, I'm in San Antonio, Texas to attend the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) through Friday. I've gone before, in 2018 and 2019 in person and in 2020 virtually. Having had both experiences, even with the challenges of COVID, I knew that attending in person was something to prioritize this year. And so, … Continue reading San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 2021, Part/Day I