Friday, September 28, 2012

Stepping Off


Step Off: 
The command that tells the band to start marching forward.

Well, after almost two years living flat, I am finally stepping off.

Meet my new surgeon.  Dr. Gordon Lee.

Stanford Baby!




Surgical pre-op, Tuesday October 4th.

Surgery to implant tissue expanders into Flopsy and Mopsy, Monday October 8th.

Gulp.

Click here to read about tissue expanders after delayed breast reconstruction.

We cannot become who we need to be by remaining what we are.  Max DePree


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Benicia Relay for Life! My last Relay speech this year!

I did it!

This was my last speech given as a 2012 Hero of Hope!  Wow what a Relay season! It was great to be home, at my kids' high school, and among so many family, friends, Panther Band students and parents.  It was a cold awesome morning, and I was so blessed to share it with Cara and family, and my coworker Liz, also a breast cancer survivor!


Liz and Cara with me!  Yay!

These luminaries, made by my friend Kimberly at ACS, glowed through the night this year at the Fairfield Relay, Vallejo Relay and then made their final appearance at the Benicia Relay.  I had to retire them Kimberly!  They were ragged but loved after all three Relays!

Luminaries, for Mom, Cara, and me

Adam and Cara

Zac, Adam, Cara and me.




Until there's a cure...


Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back

I thoroughly enjoyed my year as a Hero of Hope for ACS!  I met so many wonderful survivors and caregivers and volunteers.  It was an incredible honor and healing experience to be able to tell my story, and get so much love in return.

Thank you ACS.  Thank you to all the wonderful dedicated Relayers I met.  RELAY NATION.

I did it!


Monday, September 24, 2012

Time flies

Two years ago today I received my final chemo infusion, after five long months of it..  Time flies when you're having fun.  And alive.


I will miss the taste of chemo, I will miss the blood return, I will miss the grogginess coming over me in minutes, like a warm blanket suffocating my head and closing my eyes without my permission.  I will miss watching the drip drip drip of overkill to save my life.  I will miss the cold sips of ice water out of a paper cup.  I will miss peeing hooked up to a rolling IV,  in the intermission between pre-meds and the hookup of da good shit.  I will miss the strange colors and odors of my pee during and in the days after chemo.  I will miss the stool softeners, the Ativan, the Vicodin.  I will miss the seven days of shots for four weeks following each round of AC.  I will miss the exorcist Port, and the PICC snake slack making its home in the tender skin of my arm.  I will miss the constipation.  I will miss the nausea and the vertigo, the fog and the fuzzy logic.  I will miss the aversion to red kool-aid liquids, reminding me of AC.

And let's not forget the hair, falling strands turning into clumps turning into skeins turning into dead dreadlocks turning into a sore and tender scalp turning into bald as Kojak.

September 24, 2010





Thursday, September 20, 2012

Vallejo Relay 2012 - Closing Ceremony

Oh dear me, I am really behind on the blog while keeping up with my life!  For those of you interested, here is my speech at the closing ceremony for Vallejo Relay for Life!  Yay!

A special thank you once again to my friend Kim Cooper who invited me to my first Relay, and was a big part of events that led to me being a Hero of Hope for ACS.  Thank you Kim.  Love you.





Thanks to the love and support of many friends, family, and coworkers who I consider both, I raised $1,000 for the Vallejo Relay this year.  Thank you so much, one and all!

Coming soon - Opening ceremony video of my speech at Benicia Relay, as soon as Adam gets it loaded on to Youtube.  Come on Adam!

My first Relay, summer of 2010, 4 months into chemo


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