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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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INSIDE AND OUT

Over the years, I’ve moved away from being competitive and jealous and moved towards compassion and celebration. In the past, when a friend has lost weight, or run a personal best, or completed a major race, I always felt a … Continue reading

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EVERY DAY BATTLES

I’ve always been taught not to start conversations, posts, essays or talks with stating what “this is not.” Yet, I want to be very clear about my intent for this post. So, here’s to breaking some communication rules…   This … Continue reading

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SURVIVOR DAY AND GUEST BLOGGER

There are days when I feel like a failure — I signed up for a half marathon. But, because I haven’t run more than 4 miles in 2 months, I decided I am withdrawing. And, I am feeling like a … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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