dealing with diagnosis

Play Your Position

The Road to Empowerment – I thought about this blog for almost two years before sharing anything online.  Although this gap was mostly due to my inner tug-of-war over sharing such a personal story, this time was also filled with some practical concerns and...

The Debut

Dealing with Hair Loss (Part 3) – Less than a week after my consultation with the wigmaker, I returned to have my hair cut, which would trigger the 24-hour timeline for the creation and delivery of my new wig. I made a late afternoon appointment on a Thursday. ...

My Wigmaker, My Therapist

Dealing with Hair Loss (Part 2) – Once I learned that I had the option to have a wig made from my own hair, I immediately jumped into project mode.  Who do I need to talk to?  How do I make this happen?  Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go!  The clock is ticking...

When Hair Equals Hope

Dealing with Hair Loss (Part 1) – On the day I learned I had cancer, I experienced a type of mental numbness. My brain felt encased in armor, which protected my fragile psyche from the sharp words used to explain my condition. Extremely rare tumor… chemotherapy…...

Orientation Day

Preparing for Chemotherapy – Following the review of my treatment plan, I left the exam room to meet with my oncologist’s nurse. Now that I was cleared for chemotherapy, it was time to get dates on the calendar. When is the earliest I can start? I asked the...

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