I’ve been on this cancer journey for 56 days now, and since that time the world has not looked or sounded the same to me. Cancer changes everything. It changes the way I see the world, the way I deal with other people, and the way I react to everyday occurrences. Cancer has also changed my language. Words like warrior, [...]
The funny thing about being a cancer patient is the expectation that everyone has about your appearance. What do you visualize when you think of someone with cancer? Skinny? Bald? Pale and sickly? Someone who is sad and barely clinging to life?
Now, what do you visualize when you think of someone with breast cancer? [...]
One of the first roller coasters that I ever rode was the Yankee Cannonball, a 1930s wooden roller coaster at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, NH. It’s nothing like the modern day all-metal launch roller coasters that exist today. Launch [...]
Today is August 3, 2014. It has been 26 days since I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a Tuesday night when I got the call. I was grilling salmon outside when my cell phone rang. It was my doctor’s office and they were calling at least a day earlier than I had expected. [...]
What would you say if you knew that in a few short days you would meet a team of strangers who will save your life? Would you thank them in advance? Would you demand that they do the absolute best job for you because you love your life and want to keep living it? Would you [...]
“Hold please, let me transfer you to the Breast Line.”
That was my introduction into this world of breast cancer and breast care. I was calling for a mammogram and ultrasound, and I was put on hold to talk to a breast specialist on the breast line.
The breast line. The breast line. There was [...]
“I have breast cancer.”
These are words that I’m still getting used to in my head. They don’t sound quite right yet when they pass my lips. I think I may be saying it more like “I have breast cancer?” as if I can’t quite convince myself of that truth. And it is true.