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Wham Bam! A Cellulitis Scare After All These Years

By on November 23rd, 2011 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

Full disclosure here: My sole intent for sharing these details of my experience is simple. I hope to help someone else avoid what happened to me.

To briefly recap Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 , this summer (our first living full-time on the farm) found me loving living here and farming full-time, but thinking, thinking, thinking about everything that needed to be done, and running, …

The Shock of a Cancer Diagnosis

By on November 10th, 2011 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

There are a lot of life events that you never forget and that become a sort of ‘rite of passage,’ after which you feel a little wiser and more street savvy. For me, those events included graduating college, obtaining my law degree, moving to New York City, meeting my best friend and then marrying him, moving to the country, raising children.

I never thought that …

Cancer, Baby: Children and the Body After Cancer

By on October 27th, 2011 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

From the time I was a teenager, I had always been rather proud of my breasts, fairly perky 36Cs. I wasn’t a fan of the rest of my body, wishing endlessly that I were taller, willowier, and had a less poochy tummy. But the boobs, I liked.

I still remember a time in college when I was hanging out with some housemates in my bathrobe, …

Pink Ribbon Risotto

By on October 14th, 2011 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

Besides being Vegan Mofo, October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I’ve never been a “rah-rah” joiner of causes. But since my oldest sister, Babs, and several of my good friends are breast cancer survivors, I’m sucking it up in their honor and am hopping on the “think pink” bandwagon, for at least a day.

Although I’m smitten with the earthy-sweet flavor of beets, …

You CAN Survive Triple-Negative

By on September 28th, 2011 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

Triple-negative breast cancer has caught the attention of major researchers throughout the world, which is a great thing—it means that we are learning more and more about how to prevent and treat this illness. The downside of the research popularity is that the media and medical journals have developed depressing and frightening catch phrases for it, such as deadly, particularly aggressive or, my favorite, a

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