10 Results for tag: breast cancer

FIVE YEARS

Five years ago today I was diagnosed with cancer. This week I have been reflecting on all I have learned since that day, about myself, life, love, and God. Here is what I know for sure. What I Deserve Many people have said to me,"You don't deserve to have cancer!" What do we deserve? For a while I thought we deserved ... More

If Prayer Healed a Body

If prayer healed a body, then I would be healed.  If hope kept young women from dying of breast cancer, they wouldn’t be dying.  Every  woman with young children and breast cancer is doing everything within her power to survive for her babies.  Every woman who has just given birth and within weeks or months been diagnosed ... More

Endurance

I wrote this in December, 2014, and forgot to post it. My grandma passed away this summer. She was ill for a few weeks and we knew it was the end. She had a full life, and many people loved her and were there for her in her later years, and in her dying. During her dying time I reflected on how much alike we are. She was ... More

Joy, But…

I have been getting scans every six months for the past two years and I find that I am hesitant to make any plans past the next six month mark.  It's easy to get in the pattern of living your life six months or one year at a time between those scans.  It feels like too much uncertainty for me to commit to anything because, ... More

“What I Did At Camp.” Or, “How I Became a Nude Model at 40.”

I flew to Atlanta a couple of weeks ago to Patti Digh's Design Your Life Camp.  When she announced she was having one I knew I would go.  Just like you know when it's time to quit a job or eat lunch.  Then Patti asked me to come teach yoga at camp, and suddenly going to camp wouldn't cost me anything except time.  Of course ... More

Thank God That’s Over!

I have been thinking about what to write to tell about my experiences in the hospital.  It was a long eight days.  Some of them were spent pretty loopy yet I think I remember most of the time I spent there.  I checked in Friday, the 17th.  Did my pre-op stuff, at which I’m an expert now since that was my fourth time to go ... More

Kissing Your Sister

I think I should be feeling pretty excited right about now. I had a PET scan at MD Anderson on January 5th and on the 6th found out that it showed no distant metasisis and no cancer in the local area of my first two incidences of cancer. The only issue was a seroma at the site of my October surgery. My experience there was "a ... More

Joy and Sparkle

  It's been nine days since surgery.  I feel ...  I have no idea how I feel.  My body is getting stronger but I'm not sure what's happening in my mind.  I haven't cried much, or cussed much or really felt much since my surgery.  I'm guessing that's because of the assortment of pharmaceuticals polluting my body at the ... More

Wrestling Alligators and My Cancer Posse

  I'm very unsettled today.  I did the bloodwork that I was supposed to do Friday in Rockport but didn't.  Long story - I went to the lab and it didn't work out.  We'll leave it at that.  I found myself hugging the wall of the elevator of the oncologist's building, trying to make myself one with it so that when the doors ... More

Survivorship, Day 31

Well I got the mediport yesterday.  I hope it was worth the pain it inflicted.  The upside is that I have gotten some great sleep in the past twenty-four hours, aided by Xanax, Versed, and hydrocodone.  Now I'm only on Tylenol so if you were waiting for me to say something embarassing then you'll have to keep waiting. I ... More