Monthly Archives: December 2011

Chemo, Chemo, Chemotherapy (Maybe TMI)

This post may prove to have too much information and may be too much for the squeamish to bear. So far, side effects from chemotherapy have been: instant bleeding hemorrhoids, constipation from hell, acid reflux, dizziness, loss of coordination (dropping … Continue reading

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Standing ON What I Don’t Know For Sure (Faith)

Here’s another response to Amy Oscar’s prompt. There is a place between here and there, between mystery and science, between staying and leaving, between choice and becoming: a place where most of us do not want to stay very long. … Continue reading

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A Prayer For My Children

I used to pray for my children everyday. At first with distracted faith. Later, with increasing desperation. (Imagine, if you can, the almost worst a mother can be called upon to bear.) Then, overwhelmed, I stopped praying.  Or I stopped … Continue reading

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Would You

hold me in prayer and positive thoughts today?  It’s my second of 4 chemotherapy treatments.  My brother Bill came (all the way from Vermont-a 5 hour drive, bless him) to be my chemo buddy.  I already started taking the pre … Continue reading

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Home Again, Home Again

My friends brought me dinner for 5 days after I got home.  My mother did my laundry.  The house was cleaned before I went in.  Nurses came everyday to change my bandages. My colleagues and friends gave me lots of … Continue reading

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23 Hours Becomes 4 Days

Can you believe my insurance company thinks a mastectomy is an outpatient procedure? So I was originally scheduled to be in the hospital for 23 hours, and I planned on being home Tuesday morning. It’s called a “simple” mastectomy, so … Continue reading

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The Mastectomy

I’m lucky that my surgeon’s previous job was at a women’s hospital in Chicago, where she mostly performed mastectomies. Lucky too, because I live in a small city with a pretty good hospital. All my friends, family, and colleagues tried … Continue reading

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