surgery and chemo

Chemo Seasons

Finding the Rhythm – Chemotherapy, like the seasons, has a definite rhythm. The window in the room in which I am currently writing overlooks a sea of trees in Olmstead Park. Their vibrant green leaves hang as healthy beneficiaries from a week of rain. This one...

Forever a Child

Chemo Challenges – With my new wig taped snugly to my head, I was ready for my second chemotherapy treatment.  It was late February 2015, in the middle of the nine-day period during which my Mom, Dad and I each celebrate our birthday. My parents were coming to...

First Day

Treatment One – I have always been a fan of the “First Day.”  Whether it’s the first day of school, a new job or a vacation, I tend to experience it the same way.  The mix of anticipation, expectation, and uncertainty creates a potent energy that amplifies my...

All Is Revealed

The Treatment Plan – As I prepared to receive my treatment plan, my health crisis was approaching the two-month milestone.  What had once seemed like an endless march of major events – scans, surgery, recovery, pathology – followed by long waiting periods to...

Healing Warriors

Preparing for Surgery – My surgery was scheduled for December 30, 2014. As I shared the date with my family and friends, I was consistently asked why I wasn’t waiting for the holidays to be over and have the surgery in early January.

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