My Holiday Count Down Which Includes A Visit To My Oncologist

"This is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!-- D. M. DellingerToday was my last day of getting ready for the holidays.  It started at around 7:30 a.m.:...more

One Year Anniversary of the End of My Chemo

 “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.”-- Buddha...more

Day 3 - NaBloPoMo - Quality Outweighs Quantity of Life - 11/03/2013

Phase I of breast reconstruction is complete as of Friday, November 1, 2013, with the final saline fills of 50cc to the right breast and 150cc to the left....more

One More Time

On scales large, small and in between, I have had to re-invent myself any number of times throughout my life. As a four year old, I had to learn to live with a disability after an accident caused me to lose my right eye.  I had to adjust to my realigned peripheral vision, deal with curious, sometimes rude, people who questioned me about my bandages and then my prosthesis.  In general, I had to learn to become a normal-bu...more

Read This, Then Dig (If you can)

It's Saturday morning, November 2nd, 2013. How is it possible that just with the turn of the month, the leaves that are still hanging on the trees have turned from brilliant shades of red yellow and orange to ugly brown? And the weather has changed too. It's definitely November in Wisconsin....more


Holy S*$*%*%*%!This is really happening. They gave me a tentative schedule for radiation last week, but scrolled across it, in big letters, is WILL CALL TO CONFIRM.They called today. Thursday, 1 pm, I get radiated.I’ve had months to think about this, weeks to actually look into this. And you know what? I feel totally unprepared. I know a lot about radiation. My mom had it. Our friend S. had it. I’ve heard EVERY story: you’ll get no burn, you’ll get a horrible burn, it’s WAY easier than chemo, it’s SO MUCH worse than chemo…....more

4 Amazing Posts Bloggers Wrote About Breast Cancer In October

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is coming to a close. The blog posts have run the gamut from remembering loved ones who have died of the disease to supporting friends currently fighting cancer to railing against the pinkwashing that occurs every October.  Many people used their social media accounts to raise awareness, and we've rounded up some of the best posts to summarize a very emotional month. ...more
@Jamie Cottrell Thomas  I don't blame you for skipping pinktober. I'd do the same thing.more

BREASTS OF STEEL: Another reason why mammograms matter

This post is dedicated to my daughter who had her first mammogram last week.  She turned 40 years old this year and that is the age her physician recommended she begin the squash, squeeze and photo session.  While I make light of the process of how the mammogram is done, there is nothing humorous about the importance of getting a baseline image at first and then annual repeat screenings.   Early detection and treatment of breast cancer is important to achieving the goal of healthy survival.  I say go MAMMOGRAMS!! ...more
@HomeRearedChef Thank you so much for reading and commenting.  Most of all, thank you for ...more