Thank you 9

Thanks to Patti, who throws a dinner party to introduce us to some of our new neighbors.

Thanks to next-door neighbor Lisa, who sends baked goods regularly, and lets Erin play “big sister” to her almost-6- and three-year old.

Thanks to brother Hal for bringing over all that firewood, and stacking it where all those garden pots used to be!

Thanks to Liz, for several take-out-dinner-and-a-movie nights.

Thanks to Glenn, for letting Kate call on Erin’s birthday. It means a lot to Erin to have smoothed things over with one of her best Brooklyn friends.

Thanks to Maureen for sending hair bands that don’t pull out hair. The chemo’s over, but I still need to baby my my locks.

Thanks to Christine, Erin’s Brooklyn ceramics teacher, who sends a beautiful hand-thrown cookie jar, out of the blue! It’s gorgeous and harmonizes with the everyday china that Christine made for us last year.

Thanks to the parents of the Marin Montessori Upper Elementary, who are organizing a couple meals a week for when the radiation fatigue hits in May.

Thanks to Melissa for the cancer survivor cookbook. Those healthy, antioxidant recipes look delish!


About leftbreast

I have had breast cancer. I was diagnosed at 47, and am now 49. I have finished "active treatment," two surgeries, chemo, radiation, monoclonal antibodies. These days, I only take a drug to suppress my uptake of estrogen, since my tumor was highly reactive to that hormone. I have been married to my husband Pete for 21 years. I have a stepdaughter, Maureen, 30, and a daughter, Erin, 10. I've been a freelance magazine journalist for 20-plus years, covering everything from Chinese foreign policy to Catholic nuns to endangered species. I have had a great life. I have lived in Asia and all over the United States. I have spent nights with tree-sitters in Oregon and with astronomers at the Mauna Kea observatory in Hawaii. I've been to a cocktail party on the poopdeck of a British destroyer docked in Shanghai. I've taken the bus to Tibet, and tramped through the cloud forests of Panama with biologists. A magazine sent me on a raft trip down the Colorado through the Grand Canyon; another sent me to cooking school for a week. I have spent time with celebrities, presidents and heroin dealers. I love my work. I have a loving, supportive family and more friends than I probably deserve. I have had the space and time to camp, ski, cycle, garden, cook and spoil my pets (an Australian shepherd, a German shepherd and a tabby cat). If it all ended tomorrow, I would have to say that it has been a really, really good ride. When I was in thick of treatment, I was simply fighting for more time. Now, I'm trying to connect the experience of cancer with the rest of my life, with the time that's been won. I hope the cancer never comes back, but if it does, I'll be ready. That's what this blog is about.
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