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October 2013

I have a dear friend who had a brush with death recently.  She had to have aortic valve replacement surgery. This was not something she was born with. Her aortic valve eroded due to excessive exposure to cobalt radiation treatment she received following a mastectomy

If you are familiar with the work of Andrew Lloyd Weber, then you are probably familiar with his musical, Aspects of Love. One of the biggest songs to come out of this venture is, "Love Changes Everything" by Don Black and Charles Hart.  As I

Yesterday,  my friend, Sheryl, passed away from metastatic breast cancer.  She was married and had two children.  Her youngest was eight years old. In and out of the hospital became the norm for my friend and her family.   Even though my friend looked gaunt, most

Have you ever contemplate what affect your thoughts are having on your well- being? Consider Deepak Chopra MD's remark, "The average human thinks about 16,000 thoughts a day, but 90% of today's thoughts are the same ones we had yesterday." We almost become 'addicted' to our thoughts. So

The biggest mistake you can make is to assume that your clinician or oncologist will understand everything that it will take to keep you alive. They may do their best, but you cannot make that assumption. Conventional doctors are there to

Last Monday I went for a run (who am I kidding? More like a slow jog) I hadn't been in a few weeks so I was quite pleased to be feeling pretty good. Just over a mile in it all changed. I stepped squarely on

I have to tell you all that I am looking forward to spending more time here blogging. It may be randomness at its best, related to breast cancer, thriving, stage IV, caregiving, and a multitude of other things. Hope you comment soon and come back

Today is officially the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  This is typically when pink merchandise comes out of the woodwork.  Some of it is tasteful and some of it is tacky.  Will I wear anything and everything pink?  The answer is no.  Do I