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Urgent Care to Emergency Room

Not at all how I wanted to spend my Monday, but not much to be done about it. Swelling in my foot has persisted, so off I went to the urgent care to have things examined. Lab work came back elevated for a possible blood clot, so off to the ER I was sent. Nearly…

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Beach Hair Don’t Care!

Took my new hair to the beach today!  I’ve talked about my temporary Taxol hair in the past, and you can still see it’s remnants when you look closely – I’ve got what looks like frosted tips from the 90’s boy bands. However, today I took MY hair to the beach. Without a hat, without…

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Chemotherapy Recovery Week 8

My Sunday morning indulgence of fully caffeinated coffee complete with real cream and real sugar ☕️ Unfortunately it is partnered with some persistent swelling in my ankle. Ice, compression sock, and elevation are the name of the game. And likely a trek to the doctor for an ultrasound to rule out a blood clot. Swelling…

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Taking Back My Kitchen

So many parts of life change during treatment. It steals away bits and pieces of the defining parts of your life. A big one for me was the inability to spend time enjoying my kitchen. I love to cook, and I love to eat. Treatment made both very difficult. There was fatigue and nausea, and…

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Vacation and Recovery

We are back from some much needed time away. I thoroughly enjoyed our time with family and friends! We celebrated a beautiful sunset wedding, and explored the beauty of my home state. Yet in it all we also felt the empty spot in our time away. The views she would have loved, and the celebration…

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Chemotherapy Recovery Week 5

Another week of recovery in the books. Five weeks with no chemo and things are moving along. Progress is still slow, but it is still progress. My husband had to remind me that even though things feel better, I still need to stick to the program (hydration, rest, good food, detox). This week also brought…

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I Am Stronger

“In this instance, the “stand or fall” has to do with people’s response to grief and adversity: to wit, if you aren’t killed outright by whatever happened, you have a choice in how the rest of your life is lived—you keep standing, though battered and worn by time and elements, still a buttress and a…

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Chemo Recovery Week 4

Today marks the 4th Thursday that I have not spent the day sitting in the infusion center receiving chemotherapy. It is the first Thursday that I can say I feel different. I feel better. I feel the exit of the drugs. I feel the healing. I’m not done with recovery by far, but I feel…

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Chemotherapy Recovery Week 3

This detox and recovery process requires patience. I once again find myself challenged to embrace the slow pace required for my body to heal. Unfortunately there is no magical “OFF” switch. The idea that once the last chemo is done, that things instantly go back to normal. It would be amazing if that was the…

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Raising Readers

Passing along a love of reading to my children has always been a parenting goal of mine. I am an avid reader and have found that raising readers needed to be something I did intentionally, and not something they would just absorb by watching me. Here’s how we promote a love of reading in our…

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