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Beulah the Adventurer

Beulah the Adventurer
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I have kept photos of Beulah Easley (1882-1931), my paternal grandaunt, in my phone gallery as inspiration ever since I was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2015.Breast cancer claimed Beulah’s life in 1931 when she was 49 years old. In those days it was a death sentence for most women, with only a one […]

Getting Older Isn’t for Sissies

Getting Older Isn’t for Sissies

Yesterday my friend Jane Rodriguez and I went to the Pasadena Conference on Healthy Aging at Pasadena Church of the Nazarene, which has abundant meeting rooms, auditoriums and outdoor spaces.There were about 300 people there, from ages 50 to 80+.  Here are Jane and me after lunch on one of the big patios. Fritz Coleman, […]

Getting Older Isn’t for Sissies

Getting Older Isn’t for Sissies

Yesterday my friend Jane Rodriguez and I went to the Pasadena Conference on Healthy Aging at Pasadena Church of the Nazarene, which has abundant meeting rooms, auditoriums and outdoor spaces.There were about 300 people there, from ages 50 to 80+.  Here are Jane and me after lunch on one of the big patios. Fritz Coleman, […]

Adventures in Breast Cancer: A Major Milestone

Adventures in Breast Cancer: A Major Milestone

After 11 long months, including surgery and recuperation, five months of chemotherapy, hospitalizations for a collective five weeks and seven weeks of daily radiation treatments, I’m happy to say I recently had my final treatment! This 11 months has been the longest and toughest experience of my life.That’s my radiation therapist Craig in the top […]

Radiation: The Halfway Mark

Radiation: The Halfway Mark

For 16 weekdays at 8:30 a.m. I have been quietly undergoing radiation treatments.at the Huntington Hospital Cancer Center. I have 14 to go and will resume on Monday.Compared to chemotherapy, radiation is a walk in the park.I am experiencing two side effects of radiation, also known as radiotherapy. One is a fatigue that is just […]

Preparing for Adventures in Radiation

Preparing for Adventures in Radiation

   Two weeks ago I had a consultation with Dr. Ruth Williamson (above), the lead radiation oncologist and medical director at Huntington Hospital’s Cancer Center.  “One of your nodes was positive for cancer and it was a pretty significent deposit  and there was some extension of cancer cells outside of that lymph node.” The entire […]

Preparing for Adventures in Radiation

Preparing for Adventures in Radiation

   Two weeks ago I had a consultation with Dr. Ruth Williamson (above), the lead radiation oncologist and medical director at Huntington Hospital’s Cancer Center.  “One of your nodes was positive for cancer and it was a pretty significent deposit  and there was some extension of cancer cells outside of that lymph node.” The entire […]

Preparing for Adventures in Radiation

Preparing for Adventures in Radiation

   Two weeks ago I had a consultation with Dr. Ruth Williamson (above), the lead radiation oncologist and medical director at Huntington Hospital’s Cancer Center.  “One of your nodes was positive for cancer and it was a pretty significent deposit  and there was some extension of cancer cells outside of that lymph node.” The entire […]

Adventures in Chemotherapy, Part 3 — So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodnight…

Adventures in Chemotherapy, Part 3 — So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodnight…

First, the good news: After five long months (and seven months since being diagnosed), I completed my chemotherapy treatments on Nov. 24. (That’s my oncology nurse Kristin in the photo above; the sign was made with loving hands by my daughter Jessica and granddaughter Kimberly.) Oh, and see my tiara? I turned that final treatment […]

Adventures in Chemotherapy, Part 3 — So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodnight…

Adventures in Chemotherapy, Part 3 — So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodnight…

First, the good news: After five long months (and seven months since being diagnosed), I completed my chemotherapy treatments on Nov. 24. (That’s my oncology nurse Kristin in the photo above; the sign was made with loving hands by my daughter Jessica and granddaughter Kimberly.) Oh, and see my tiara? I turned that final treatment […]

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