Unseen and Unheard, Part III

If you didn't have a chance to read my first two installments in this series, you can read Part I here and Part II here. I wasn't planning to include a third installment, but I got so many responses publicly and privately, that I thought I would include some additional items. One thing I love … Continue reading Unseen and Unheard, Part III

Thanksgiving 2021

I grew up with what is likely a myth, the long table full to groaning of all the food shared by the pilgrims and Indians so many years ago, representing the beginning or perhaps the middle of a beautiful friendship. We know now that a lot more was going on in that “relationship” than made … Continue reading Thanksgiving 2021

Celebrating Holidays with MBC

In the Spring of 2017, while I was in the process of getting diagnosed and beginning treatment for Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer, both of my boys had a birthday. My eldest turned four (4) and my youngest turned two (2). Some of my most vivid memories of that time period (so much of it … Continue reading Celebrating Holidays with MBC

Unseen and Unheard, Part II

If you didn't get a chance to read part I, you can access that here for context. I started with the negatives, the struggles of living with an invisible illness and it was heart wrenching to write and then to read it over. Sometimes I think I'm so focused on just getting through the day, … Continue reading Unseen and Unheard, Part II

Unseen and Unheard, Part I

A dear friend also living with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) posted a comment on social media the other day about feeling unseen and unheard by people around her, including family members. The examples she gave were experiences many of us living with MBC have with healthy people as we navigate this living while … Continue reading Unseen and Unheard, Part I

Anniversaries, three years and counting.

It's been a whole year ago since I posted about celebrating my second anniversary of blogging here at WordPress. You can read that one here. I celebrated last year by appearing on a radio show to talk about living with a terminal diagnosis. This year, three years, is not quite as celebratory. I got this … Continue reading Anniversaries, three years and counting.

Acceptable Risk

I've been thinking a lot about acceptable risk in the context of living with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) while immunocompromised and COVID and all of what we deal with on a daily basis in the world today. I was a little surprised at the variety of definitions out there, but I do like … Continue reading Acceptable Risk

Medical Update, October 2021

As most of you know, I get a quarterly PET/CT imaging test to determine if the cancer cells are behaving themselves. October 11, 2021 was my most recent PET/CT and it wasn't what we'd hoped for and, frankly, only happened in October because I'd advocated for it since I qualified for testing every six (6) … Continue reading Medical Update, October 2021

October/Pinktober 2021, wrapping up

Thank you for sticking with me this month! October tends to be a long month for those of us living with cancer. It's triggering, it brings up memories, it can cause consternation in the extreme. And yet, we survived another October. My purpose in sharing my story and the details of living with Stage IV … Continue reading October/Pinktober 2021, wrapping up