When pain becomes chronic …

Pain. It's such a short word that encompasses so many things. Before Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC), I'd experienced some amount of pain. I got into a few car accidents. Dislocated a wrist. I'd had braces, twice, along with some dental surgery. When no longer very young, I had two c-sections and a 26 … Continue reading When pain becomes chronic …

To Pink or Not to Pink, that is the question

Recently, in a metastatic breast cancer support group, a member asked that we discuss how each of us were reacting to the annual pink saturation that is coming up in October. The member who brought up the issue expressed some struggles with the fact that so many of the fundraisers involve bras or other sexualized … Continue reading To Pink or Not to Pink, that is the question

To Boost or Not To Boost, that is the question …

There is so much information in the news, in print, discussed online and seemingly everywhere else about the COVID vaccines, how many doses and when and now the possibility of a booster. The needle seems to move daily on what we know and what we don't know since much of the monitoring of the efficacy … Continue reading To Boost or Not To Boost, that is the question …

The loss of a grandparent

On Monday, the 13th of September, we lost my last living grandparent, my maternal Grandmother. Mrs Marjorie Wood (née Ulrich) would have turned ninety-five (95) on September 22nd and, while I am not sad that her suffering has come to a peaceful end, the hole she has left in my family is acutely felt. Covid … Continue reading The loss of a grandparent

I know no other way …

In a recent appointment with my medical oncologist after we'd finished with the medical part of the visit, we began talking about support groups. She knows that I’m involved in a few, sometimes as a participant, sometimes a moderator and she often asks me questions about those experiences. My medical oncologist is also on the … Continue reading I know no other way …

9/11/2001, 20th anniversary

20 years ago today was an overwhelmingly confusing day. I remember so vividly being on the phone at work, I was a paralegal in a law office in the World Trade Center in Virginia, and a family member called a coworker and told us to turn on the news. We all gathered around and watched … Continue reading 9/11/2001, 20th anniversary

Kids missing out?

I was listening to the radio the other day as I was driving away from dropping off my first grader (he’s 6) and my third grader (he’s 8) and there was a news report about how parents believe kiddos are missing out on some essential experiences at school in light of the pandemic and safety … Continue reading Kids missing out?

Extravasation

Ok, the first time I heard this word, I confess that I was confused. Extra, what? And then I learned more and I knew that I needed to share. The formal definition of "Extravasation" from the National Institute of Cancer is: "The leakage of blood, lymph, or other fluid, such as an anticancer drug, from … Continue reading Extravasation