dealing with diagnosis

East Versus West

Processing My Diagnosis – Fifteen minutes after learning that I had a rare form of ovarian cancer, my Mom and I walked outside into the grey, rainy Seattle afternoon.  The fresh cold air provided a momentary respite.  I was in the midst of an existential crisis...

Designer Cancer

The Moment Arrives – On the day before meeting with my oncologist to review my pathology results, I felt good. My strength was coming back, and I had been able to transition off the prescription pain medication to Tylenol. I was amazed at the incremental...

The Cantaloupe

The Mass Gets a Name – Five days after receiving the results of my scans, I had an appointment with the oncologist my doctor recommended. When I called to confirm the appointment, I spoke with a nurse who could not have been nicer. As she asked me for...

A Scan, A Mass & The Oncology Guru

The Beginning – You have a large mass in your abdomen and it needs to come out. These were the words spoken to me by my doctor on a Friday afternoon in early December 2014. A week earlier, I had traveled from Seattle to Northern New Jersey to spend Thanksgiving...

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