Author Archives: Liza

The Strength Within

Hi friends! It’s been a while, I know. Since my oophorectomy in January, I just haven’t quite been the same. And, now, 7 months later, I’m just finally coming out of the “fog” that I think has really been brought … Continue reading

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HorNormal

“Mom, mom, mom, mom, mom, hey mom, mom, mom,” she kept on.  “Whaaaa…t…tss..hh.,” I muttered back, my eyelashes stuck together. I have to remember to remove my mascara at night. My eyes cracked through the Fort Knox of Maybelline.  “Oh, … Continue reading

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THE GRIP

I have this problem:   I’m confident. Like, really confident. Whenever I see a camera, I jump in front of it and pose. Whenever someone wants an interview or needs to film someone for a class project or a promo … Continue reading

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About Us

Sassy, thirty-something woman with great sense of humor, good career, positive attitude, and go-getter spirit. Also has hot flashes, vaginal dryness, decreased libido, sleep disturbances, memory changes, mood changes, fatigue and weight gain. Seeking a plate full of carbs, chocolate … Continue reading

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HEATWAVE

My eyes begin to dry. I can feel my heart beating in the space just above my cheeks. My skin begins to tingle and a fast warmth travels from my toes to my ears.    And then I hear myself. … Continue reading

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Winding Down

I’ve always loved the hospital. Okay, maybe not the commute in or the rushing-around-to-wait experience. But, the hospital has always been my place of comfort, kindness, belonging, and safety. As the child of a doctor, I was very used to … Continue reading

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POST OP: 25 AND HOPING FOR RELIEF

“Just smile and wave boys. Smile and wave.”  “It was great meeting you, thank you so much for interviewing today!” I said to the 20th student who was applying for a leadership program that I run. Before the familiar click of … Continue reading

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I’M ANGRY (AND SO IS MY SKIN)

It’s officially 16 days post-op and, darn it all, I’m angry.  Let me back up.   Sixteen days ago, I had an oophorectomy (the surgical removal of my ovaries and fallopian tubes) to reduce my ridiculously high risk of ovarian … Continue reading

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POST-OP: The first week

It’s officially been one week since my prophylactic bilateral salpingo oophorectomy. In other words, I had both of my ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in order to surgically reduce my risk of ovarian cancer due to the BRCA gene. In … Continue reading

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YOU HAD A WHAT?

A prophylactic bilaterial salpingo-oophorectomy.  Officially, my fallopian tubes and both of my ovaries have been removed. And, I’m officially in medically induced menopause. And, I’ve drastically reduced my risk of ovarian cancer.    Today is Day 4, and it’s the … Continue reading

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OOPHORECTOMY COUNTDOWN: 3 DAYS

“Being brave isn’t supposed to be easy.” – Sam Berns, age 17   A few years ago, Sam Berns came into our lives. Our friend Sean Fine (Academy Award winner, Sean Fine) was beginning to film a documentary near where … Continue reading

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OOPHORECTOMY COUNTDOWN: 10 days

“Hi, Liza. This is the hospital calling. We don’t seem to have any of your pre-op results here in our computer. Did you do your pre-ops?” Oops. And there went my entire schedule for the day, including working on chapter … Continue reading

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OOPHORECTOMY COUNTDOWN: 12 days

 I’m known for tossing things out, recycling, or donating as soon as I’m not using something anymore. However, there have been a few possessions in my life that have managed to stand the test of time and, well, surprise even … Continue reading

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OOPHORECTOMY COUNTDOWN: 14 DAYS

“Are the boys in the same room as you,” she whispered into her phone. “I have something to tell you, but just don’t let on that I’m telling you something bad, okay?” I tried not to stare at her. But, … Continue reading

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STRONGER

At first, my husband told the kids, “Leave Mommy alone. She needs to sleep.” After long stretches of not moving, my husband shifted his instructions and told the kids, “Please check and make sure Mommy is still breathing.”   I … Continue reading

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THE CHEST

We recently re-did our bathroom, and naturally, all of the junk that has been accumulating under the cabinet sink, on the storage shelf above the toilet, in the medicine cabinet behind the mirror that snaps closed with two magnets, and … Continue reading

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GUEST BLOGGER: Sunny News edition 1

“Hey, Mom. How’s your blog?” “Well, Jo. I haven’t had a lot of time to blog, even though there are lots of things I have going on that are blog-worthy.” “Well, since you have so many readers, do you think … Continue reading

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VIRTUAL (IN)SANITY

One of my favorite songs ever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JkIs37a2JE . Play it while reading this for added awesomeness…   Before my mastectomy, I was an avid breastfeeder. I honestly haven’t had a good night’s sleep since 2002.   When my three children were in … Continue reading

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HARD BOILED

My sister hates eggs. For as long as I have known her — all but 3 years of my own life — my sister has cringed at the very sight, smell and thought of eggs.   Which is ironic, given … Continue reading

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OFF TOPIC: TALKING TO STRANGERS

This is an off-topic post from Marathon b4 Mastectomy, but important! Facebook has me creeped out these days. Each time I log on (which is fairly frequent), I have a new Amber alert or a shared plea-for-help status update from … Continue reading

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