Monthly Archives: December 2011

marrow

I am worried that my eight months of good scans, minor side effects, and a happy oncologist will soon be over. I am going to worry about this for as long as it takes me to write this blog post … Continue reading

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carpe christmas

I didn’t get a Christmas last year. Or a New Year’s Eve for that matter. But here I am this year, spending the holiday with my family and extended family, like I have so many times before. If I don’t … Continue reading

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a year ago at this time…

I just wrote an anniversary–rather, cancerversary–post, but today I’ve hit another important milestone in my life as a liver. This one is perhaps more important than my date of diagnosis: today, it has been a year since my surgery. My … Continue reading

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the (other) cure

In my effort to be a well-informed patient, I (and my sister) decided to watch the documentary Burzynski, about a doctor who apparently cures cancer. I have received lots and lots of emails about this particular alternative cure, so I … Continue reading

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why?

I have learned a lot of things in the past year, but one thing that keeps coming back is: shit happens. It’s an inevitability of adult life that something bad will happen to you or to someone you know. Someone … Continue reading

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sweet home Chicago

I have been thinking about this line from my post last week a lot: “I won’t ever be the girl I was in Chicago again.” You see, I used to live in Chicago. Those of you who know me are … Continue reading

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to or not to: become vegan

I thought I made peace with my diet choices this summer. I attended a cancer cooking class, tried being vegan for a week, and watched the documentary Forks Over Knives. After doing all of this, I determined that I wasn’t sure who … Continue reading

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not thinking about cancer

This week I have become the grad student that I hated. I have been spending my days and nights eating, sleeping, and drinking maps. I’m in this mapping class, and for the midterm project and now the final, the best … Continue reading

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the world opening up

One of the many emails I received in the past week said something like, “when you open yourself up to the world, the world opens itself in return.” Before two weeks ago, I wouldn’t have believed it. I thought I … Continue reading

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