Category Archives: Uncategorized

TITANIUM

Titanium is a chemical element with the symbol Ti and atomic number 22. It is a lustrous transition metal with a silver color, low density and high strength. It is highly resistant to corrosion in sea water, aqua regia and chlorine. (Wikipedia) THESE ARE OVARIES.  Keeping them in my body helps to regulate menstruation, keep … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | 1 Comment

WHEN I GROW UP

I had been packed for weeks.   Chapstick. Warm socks. A book to read in between contractions (hahaha). Hairbrush. Contact case and solution. A camera. A note that says, “Don’t forget to pack your cell phone!”   I had memorized … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

CROSS WALK

Note: Some of you may know that in my non-cancer life, I am a director of diversity. But I have always framed my experiences with cancer, pre-cancer, disability, etc., as all parts of a diverse experience. So, allow me to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

YOU DON’T HAVE TO FIND OUT YOU’RE DYING …

Well, this past weekend, I met a lot of amazing friends, sistahs, and soul mates at Ladies Rock Camp Boston  – most of them had no idea what was going on in my life prior to meeting them. So, I’m … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | 2 Comments

IF YOU WEREN’T AFRAID

Some of life’s best outcomes happen as a result of being afraid — and going for it. In the summer 2012, my cancer survivor daughter went to Girls Rock Campaign Boston for a week. She was terrified. She hadn’t played … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | 3 Comments

COUPLE

I have this terrible habit that I must break.  Wake up. Open eyes (barely). Extend my arm above my head and bang around the top of the headboard/shelf a few times. Feel the hard case of my mobile smart phone. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

MOTHERING

Happy Mothering Day! My husband and kids have gone way out of their way to make me feel incredibly special (including a “coupon” book from my kids that included a day without complaining, 1x make my own lunch, pick up … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

LIZTERVENTION

My sister Grace is often the target of our teasing. In fact, our family has even created words based on my sister’s antics:   Gr-emory: Grace + memory: Grace’s fictional recollection of how an event took place Gr-iction: Grace + … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Mark of Courage

It’s not the stitches that are freaking me out – it’s the darkness.   For the first time since November 18, 2010, I have a dark circle in the middle of my breast. Just one breast. The one that had … Continue reading

Aside | Posted on by | Leave a comment

THE BODY REMEMBERS

It’s been almost 2 1/2 years since my bilateral mastectomy; and since then, I’ve become a collector of scars. In the space between my collarbone and my belly button, I have 10 reddish-brown scars. And, on Friday, I added my … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | 3 Comments

FORCE

I remember my very first conference for Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE). Wait, take that back. I remember not wanting to go to my very first Facing our Risk of Cancer Empowered conference. My sisters and I had … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

OUT OF THE DARK

“Why be afraid, if I’m not alone/ each and every moment, the rest is unknown.” When there were changes in our family, my oldest child insisted on sleeping with the lights on. Though we have sophisticated security system (and a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

LETTING CHANGE HAPPEN

“Have you noticed any changes?” “No, it’s been there for, I dunno, like 6 years.” “But have you noticed any changes?”   Over the past few months, there have been significant changes in my personal life. One of them, as … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Practicing Inclusion

Meet Elfonso. He’s our “Elf on a Shelf.” Doesn’t look like your Elf on a Shelf? Let me guess two reasons why: 1) Our Elf has brown material and 2) Our elf isn’t made of ceramic. Let me explain. A … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

SENSES

We don’t visit my in-laws enough. Though we are only separated by a 4-hour drive, life, work, school, and weekends tend to get booked up quickly. They don’t come to visit during Thanksgiving because they are busy serving meals to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

JUST FOR A MOMENT

Sometimes the best moments are in the face of total exhaustion.   Along with working full time, enrollment in a full time doctoral program, sitting on a number of non-profit boards, and a full time mom who is trying to … Continue reading

Aside | Posted on by | 1 Comment

WITH A LITTLE HELP

I’m not one to admit defeat, but this past week, it’s been the the theme.   For the past few years, I have been experiencing terrible pain in my stomach area. But, because I was so focused on other health … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

NO-YOLO

Over the past year, I have seen major physical transformations in my family. One of my sisters-in-law began focusing on her health, and has found her inner “athlete, hiker, runner, foodie”. A brother-in-law went from working 60+ hours a week … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

AT THE TOP OF THE AISLE

This past weekend, my 3-year old son was the ring bearer in a wedding. All decked out in his pink button down shirt, pressed khakis, shiny brown shoes, and a pinstriped vest, my son stood at attention at the top … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

CARRY

If I clutched any tighter, the ink would seep from the paper onto my palms.   I was getting ready to take the stage at the Asian Breast Cancer Project gala, having been asked to talk about my experiences with … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments