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New York Times Feature on Therapeutic Benefits of Cats

I’m thrilled to share with you that I’ve been quoted in an article in The New York Times on animal-assisted therapy! The article by Jennifer Kingson discusses therapy animals, with a special emphasis on cats, and it mentions my experience with my own cats during […]

Done with chemo!

On May 10th I had my eighth and final chemo treatment! I can’t tell you how glad I am that it’s done. Overall, I had minimal side effects and sailed through it quite well, thanks to the recommendations from my naturopathic oncologists, Dr. Dan Rubin […]

Half Way Done!

Sorry I’ve been quiet for the past few weeks, there have been good days and not so good days. The good news is that I’m half way done with chemo and, according to my doctors and nurses, I’m finished with the worst drug, cytoxan. Now […]

Treating Mouth Sores During Chemotherapy

Today I’d like to share with you some of the logistics of chemotherapy in hopes that it may help you or someone you know when dealing with the same situation. Chemotherapy is intended to kill rapidly growing cancer cells, but unfortunately that means it also […]

First One Done!

Whew! I made it through my first round of chemo, and in retrospect, I don’t think it was that bad, although I didn’t feel that way on Thursday night… Thursday morning I woke up feeling great, because of all the things I’ve been doing, which […]

Chemo Eve

Tomorrow will be my first of eight chemotherapy treatments. I have a solid plan to combat side effects, which I will write about a little later, but for now I would like to ask the following of you: please visualize the chemo drugs going into […]

And so it continues…

Sorry I haven’t posted an update in a while, I’ve been processing quite a lot. Let’s recap. Just before my second surgery on Dec 15 I met with the radiation oncologist who told me she wanted to start radiation right away. That threw me for […]

Not What I Wanted To Hear

Me [walking into beautiful cancer center to meet with radiation oncologist]: “Ooo! What a gorgeous place! I wish I had done my radiation here!” Universe: “Your wish is my command!” . . . Somewhere along this second journey with cancer I was told that I […]

UPDATE: One Month Post-Surgery

Four weeks ago yesterday I had my bi-lateral mastectomy and DIEP flap reconstruction and I’m happy to report that I’m feeling better every day. The healing has been going incredibly well, and I credit the work that I did with my naturopath for that. This […]

What. Just. Happened.

Here we are on the other side! I am alive and well and finally off the big painkillers so I can see straight again. I thought you all might want a little update on the last ten days. The surgery actually lasted a whopping 14 […]