2013 June | MVP Cancer Courage

Omega with Tricia.

Jun 28, 2013 by

 “PEACE.  It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work.  It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. “ – Unknown  (framed quote in my kitchen, given to me by my sister) Immediately following Connor’s graduation lunch, my sister, Tricia and I got into the car and drove directly to The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. Omega is a place that is very special to us for many reasons. We originally went there the year that my father died.  He was killed in a freak car accident on April 2nd, 2010 which happened to also be Good Friday.  I’ll never forget the details of that day, and the days following.  I can still relive every moment...

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Graduation ceremony.

Jun 22, 2013 by

Tuesday, June 18th was my step son Connor’s graduation.  I woke feeling very tired and sore but ready to be there for Connor on his special day.  To me, it felt like a dual celebration, we were both “graduating” in our own ways.  Connor from Chatsworth Elementary School and me, from Cancer Treatments. What a happy day for us both! As I sat in the warm auditorium feeling, not so great, and fanning myself with the commencement program, I felt myself getting choked up.  I reflected back on the past year – and all that we had both accomplished.  Connor, marching through school and exceling at every sport he played, praying for me in CCD class and lacing his Lacrosse stick in hot pink for Breast Cancer.  Me, powering through a terrible back injury and then cancer. Here we were,...

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Done.

Jun 18, 2013 by

“Vulnerability is not weakness, and the uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure we face every day are not optional.  Our only choice is a question of engagement.  Our willingness to own and engage with our vulnerability determines the depth of our courage and the clarity of our purpose.”  – Brene’ Brown Today was my last day of radiation treatments!  With my sister, Tricia and my friend, Anne by my side – I made it through!   I really feel like celebrating, but I’m way too tired. I’m definitely letting out a big sigh of relief and saying a big prayer of thanks.  I’m incredibly grateful to be done with this phase.  Next step, tamoxifen which is an oral hormonal therapy taken daily for ten years. No more daily trips to Rye! I can truly start the...

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The Final Stretch of Radiation....

Jun 12, 2013 by

With only one week left of radiation, I should feel elated……..instead I feel absolutely exhausted. There have been days during this process that I’ve been able to ignore the seemingly never ending feeling of tiredness and soreness, and operate as if I’m not going through treatment for cancer.  Those days are like bright rays of sunshine, filled with hope and normalcy.  I love those days.  There are other days, though, that its just hard to deal with the day to day stuff  – like kids, work and life. Today is one of those days.  I’m tired of feeling yucky and sore.  I don’t want to complain, that’s not who I am……but cancer sucks.  No matter how good the diagnosis, how proactive the treatment, its still just TOUGH.  Emotionally and physically…..there’s just no way around...

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My Chicago Posse

Jun 10, 2013 by

“Good friends are like stars….you don’t always see them….but you always know they are there.” (quote taken from a plaque given to me by my friend Chris Bortman-Mahoney) During the past three months, its been nice to have friends from “home” come to visit and be with me. Thank you to Jennifer Pelino, Susan Mitchell, Tammy Petersen, Kelly Penry, Elaine and Laura Ries, Chris Bortman- Mahoney, Todd and Tamara Taylor-Holmes, Sheau Ming Ross, my sister, Tricia Davis who will arrive on Friday  – and Lisa DeNoux-Wiehebrink who will arrive on Sunday with her whole family from California. Every one of you made the trip, despite your busy schedules, and  I am grateful.  You helped to make my life more bearable as I continue my march through all of this difficult stuff. You each brought a piece...

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Redecorating the Radiation area....

Jun 4, 2013 by

Westchester Medical Group/WestMed in Rye, NY is a very nice facility with many excellent doctors, all of my doctors actually.  Dr. Stephen Carolan – my OB, Dr. James Doyle – my internist, Dr. Wendy Proskin – our kids pediatrician, Dr. Avi Deener – our allergist.  In addition, all of my medical team mentioned in the previous blog pages.  Dr. Lynn Josephson – my amazing surgeon, Dr. Stuart Feldman – my oncologist, and of course, Dr. Rajni Singh and Dr. Beth Allen Moore my wonderful radiation oncology and internal medicine doctors who I meet with weekly during my seven weeks of treatment and also like to trade fashion tips with! Anyway, you’re probably getting it by now, the place is all I could ask for medically and from a bedside manner perspective.  The main areas are bright and clean and it has everything...

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