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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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