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Chemo 1, Day 1

So.  We did this thing. Mom flew out, the sitter arrived, and then Mike, Mom and I went to Penn. Mike and I posed awkwardly for pics. I’m smiling, but not sure why.  The whole thing was so bizarre, I … Continue reading

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Fight Ballerina, Fight!

Two months ago, my breasts were removed.  Last month I got new ones.  Last week Raines started school.  Tomorrow, I get my first chemo treatment.  And by October I will be bald. But for the most part, life goes on … Continue reading

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First Day of Kindergarten

  Yup.  First day.   He was…well.  I want to quantify his excitement into one of two categories, A – excited or B – not, but he’s so like his dad sometimes that this very well may be his excited … Continue reading

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The One Where I Shamelessly Brag About Raines

For the last several months, my dining room has looked like this: And: And: It started sometime after Easter.  The Easter Bunny brought this: And this book, this wonderful book, inspired Raines to paint nothing but flowers.  Over & over … Continue reading

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My Brave Pax

Every morning Pax comes in and snuggles me.  Every morning – literally every morning since I returned home from surgery, he lies with me for almost a half hour.  Every morning he wraps his chubby little arms around my neck. … Continue reading

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Fourteen years ago today I married my best friend.       I’ll never understand how we got so lucky.   I love you, MikeD.        

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So Now We Have Have Conversations Like These….

Mike came bustling into the room, all sweaty, just back from his morning run.  I’m propped up on the bed, grumpy.  Mike starts fiddling with my pill bottles. “Morning, Babe!” he says, handing me a pill.  I glare back at … Continue reading

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Congratulations Are In Order

My surgery is over, my drains are out.  The surgery itself wasn’t a big deal, the recovery has been…awful.  Soul-sucking, actually.  In the last week or so since the surgery, I’ve routinely cried from pain. It’s the kind of pain … Continue reading

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All The Terrible Things

My diagnosis, as far as breast cancer goes, isn’t all that serious.  Stage 0.  Seriously, zero.  That’s about as early as it gets.  According to the doctors, I am “lucky”.  Unless, I imagine, they find something worse in the tissue … Continue reading

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The Last Day of Preschool

What a difference a year makes. Does he look impossibly old to anyone else? “I’m going to be a little bit sad, Mom”  as he realized that today was his last day of preschool.  Then he thought about it for … Continue reading

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