• lymphedema treatment act
    Cancer,  causes,  Featured,  Health

    Caring for the Skin You’re In: Cancer, Cellulitis and The Lymphedema Treatment Act

    Right now, I’m sitting in the heat, with this hot computer on my lap, and every fan in the house aimed at me while I try to type with just my left hand. My right hand is out of commission and elevated on a pile of pillows. This scenario is not conducive to getting much writing done – or to adequately being there for the 6-year-old. On days like this, I’m the yell-at-the-kid-from-the-couch mom, rather than the walk-across-the-room-and-address-the-situation-appropriately mom.  The heat doesn’t help with that either. Nor does the pain. What’s going on with my arm? It’s recovering from my second bout of cellulitis this summer. Cellulitis is a skin infection…

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    Blogging,  Cancer,  Health,  Inspiration,  Living Well,  Sanity,  Writing

    The Big C and Me: my cancer story

    My cancer story: this is a collection of my blog posts and articles about my cancer experience over the years. I decided to pull them all together into one place to make them easy to find. This turned out to be a much bigger projected than I expected. I’ve cataloged more than thirty here so far, and there are many more to add. This is a work in progress. I will continue adding the posts already completed as well as the new posts to come, so check back from time to time. Tags are coming soon to allow for searching by topic. It has been an eye opening exercise to…

  • Health,  Parenting,  WW

    Packing up

    We are moving. We found a place we love in a neighborhood we love and two blocks from a school that seems like it will be perfect for Gem. We signed the lease a few days ago, and we move in a few weeks. Now comes the hard part. The new home we have chosen is small. Tiny. Less than 3/4 the size of our already small apartment. That means that rather than just packing up, every single item we own will have to be considered, judged, and a large portion of them will not be accompanying us in this move. Will the Christmas tree travel with us to our…

  • Adventure,  Cancer,  Daily Life,  Family,  Health,  Inspiration,  Living Well,  Sanity

    A look back at 2011

    At the beginning of 2011, I was bald,  scarred, nursing a nasty radiation burn, and not ready to spend any energy on an end of year analysis of my introduction to life with cancer. My life has changed a bit since then. For starters, I have hair.   There was some awesome My little girl grew up so much: Then Now While Aaron was finishing his master’s degree, Gem and I went on a 3000+ mile road trip with Grandma, through Canada to Alaska. I completed cancer treatment with the help of some amazing people. We took a couple trips to the coast I was on CNN telling the world about…

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    Cancer,  Family,  Health,  Living Well

    The Day My Husband Threw Up and Saved Our Relationship

    I’ve been procrastinating on writing a blog post for a very long time now.  It’s Christmas. It’s the end of the year.  It’s the beginning of the new year.  So much pressure to write a deep, meaningful, soul searching, profound piece that sums up the meaning of life, and what I’ve learned this year.  Or at least pull together a humorous and/or touching year in review post. This year I learned I have cancer.  I endured two surgeries, 6 months of chemo, and I’m currently on radiation.  I survived.  My family survived.  I haven’t completely messed up my daughter. yet. This year was too deep, and too long, for me…

  • the stuffed bra and the wandering socks
    Cancer,  Health,  Living Well

    The Stuffed Bra and the Wandering Socks

    One of the frustrations I’ve had to deal with because of this breast cancer is my lopsidedness. Getting dressed in the morning takes quite a bit more thought and planning than ever before. I wasn’t small breasted to start with, but thanks to my mastectomy I have a bouncy D-Cup that swings a little lower since breastfeeding, and a rock hard, absurdly high, almost A-cup. To make matters a little more interesting, the mastectomy side is augmented by a saline implant called an expander. I periodically go in for expansions, which means they inject more saline into the implant.  This is in preparation for reconstruction after I complete the cancer…

  • ovarian cancer awareness
    causes,  Food,  Health,  Living Well

    September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

    I’m still mulling recipe ideas for the O Foods Contest, but in the meantime, I’ll go ahead and post this notice to spread the word. CONTEST RULES O Foods Contest for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and for the second year in a row, Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy and Michelle of Bleeding Espresso are hosting the O Foods Contest to raise awareness of this important health issue. There are TWO WAYS to take part in the O Foods Contest: ONE: Post a recipe to your blog using a food that starts or ends with the letter O (e.g., oatmeal, orange, okra, octopus, olive,…