• my cancer story
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    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…

  • be kind: we're all living in the gap
    Family,  Living Well,  Parenting,  Sanity,  WW

    Living in the gap

    We don’t get practice time, and then go out and live our lives after we’ve perfected ourselves. We go out and try things, see if they work, we fall down, we get up, we embarrass ourselves, we don’t die of embarrassment – but we don’t get to practice life without an audience. And that audience usually has an opinion. It doesn’t matter.

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    Living Well,  Sanity,  WW

    Breathe. Stretch. Relax.

    I am so unproductive right now. But that’s alright. I spent the weekend on a getaway with good friends (very relaxing), and then I tried to jump right back in to everything when I got back home. That was quickly followed by a nasty cold that sent me running to bed, and hiding from the light. Maybe my body is telling me to just chill out. I don’t always have to be productive. I don’t have any looming deadlines outside of those I assign myself (including these weekly posts). Time to lighten up a bit and relax.  

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    Cancer,  Living Well,  Sanity,  WW


    Thich Nhat Hanh said: “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” This weekend, I’m planning on making a few laps around this tree with that thought in mind. This labyrinth, and the Harmony Hill retreat center where it resides, is one of my favorite places in all of Washington. I’m also planning on spending my days doing yoga and soaking in the beauty of hood canal, followed by nights filled with girl talk, laughter, and the 3 Bs: booze, B-movies, and contraband bacon. And boobs. There is always talk about boobs. It’s de rigueur at a getaway for young women with breast cancer. I’m hoping a…

  • 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…

  • chemo bald - Judy Schwartz Haley
    Cancer,  Living Well,  Sanity

    It isn’t easy being pink

    It’s that time of year when the world is washed in pink, and people prance around in their favorite tongue-in-cheek, boob-aware apparel. But how much awareness does all this bring to the realities of breast cancer, and how much does this just turn our attention to boobs? Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against boobs. I am pro-boob. I was quite attached to mine, till one tried to kill me. Boobs are awesome, an entertaining conversation topic, they bounce, they feed babies, they’re happy, fun playthings. Breast cancer is the Debbie Downer in the room. There’s nothing quite like a breast cancer survivor telling the reality of her story…