Category Archives: We Gotta Talk

So Alone.

Our block in San Francisco could start its own cancer support group! Within 100 yards of sidewalk, we’ve got two breast cancer survivors, one lung cancer patient and one bile duct cancer patient. A couple days ago, I noticed all … Continue reading

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Seeing through the white

Why do I always feel sad when I meet charming people in the infusion center? I go in for my Herceptin infusion Tuesday, pick a chair at random. I end up next to a woman with a paisley scarf tied … Continue reading

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Triple-whammy

Thursday, I go in for a Herceptin infusion and it’s like old home week in the infusion center that used to be so terrifying. I recognize at least half a dozen nurses and wave hello to them. Crystal, my favorite … Continue reading

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No fair

After almost six weeks of radiation, I’ve become friends with a couple other women who are crazy enough to do early, early morning radiation appointments. One is a young mother, very petite. She’s also one of Dr. Hwang’s surgery patients. … Continue reading

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Variables upon variables

Yesterday, I go to an education session about the gynecological issues relevant to breast cancer “survivors” (still hate that term, but can’t think of another). It’s part of study to gauge if patients are willing to do these group sessions … Continue reading

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Not all penguins live in the antartic

Last week, during one of the good days, I took half my usual hike. I don’t have the energy to make it to the top of the ridge anymore. The panoramic bay views will have to wait. As I picked … Continue reading

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The hard part…

It’s the day before the day before New Year’s. The Infusion Center is largely empty, not the usual “Sale on Cancer!” kind of crowd, with every chair filled. Of six recliners in my infusion bay, only three are occupied. There’s … Continue reading

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