Still my favorite story of all time, A Christmas Carol was published 171 years ago, on December 19, 1843. Click the book to view the only existing manuscript version of the novella. See it in person at the (J. Pierpont) Morgan Library & Museum in New York. Do take a look—it’s a treasure. On that same date last… Continue reading Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Post Christmas 2014 Reflections on “Christmases Yet to Come”
On Friday, December 13th, 2013, I had a total robotic hysterectomy for what turned out to be Stage 1B, Grade 3 endometrial adenocarcinoma. One year later, after vaginal brachytherapy, colposcopies, and repeat Paps, I am . . . if not fancy free, cancer free. And I know how lucky I am. My journey with cancer has acquainted… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Year Two Starts Today
Some Post-Thanksgiving Gratitude Three weeks ago, on 11/11, I had my second repeat Pap test since getting an abnormal report in the summer. In the past, it has taken two weeks to get the results. Today marked three weeks with no phone call. . . . As I was making turkey soup today with the… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: When Negative Is Positive
Happy Jewish New Year to Old Friends & New Family September 24 was the first day of Rosh Hashanah this year, which ends at sundown tonight. As noted in my 9/24/14 post, it was also my 62nd birthday—the first adult birthday I have been truly grateful for. Sadly, my childhood friend, Sandee, did not live… Continue reading My Friend’s Story – Leukemia: Rosh Hashanah & Remembrance
Me! We all share the same birthday. Lucky me. I got to turn 62 today, surrounded by a peach-colored halo reminding me that almost anything—even uterine cancer—can be a blessing in disguise. This is the only adult birthday I’ve had within reach of memory that I haven’t minded . . . one bit. No profound… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: What do Gatsby, Miss Piggy, and the Devil have in common?
As I reported in the June 20, 2014 post, my gynecologic oncologist (surgeon) performed my six-month post-hysterectomy pelvic exam on June 19 and said that all looked well. However . . . because I told him that I'd been having a light, clear discharge since undergoing vaginal radiation (brachytherapy) in January and February, he took a… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Pap Smear Uncertainty
Just this morning, I received a Tweet by way of Ireland reminding me that May 8 is World Ovarian Cancer Day. As we approach Mother's Day in the US tomorrow, May 11, 2014, this is a perfect time to support our mothers and sisters around the globe. From the OvarianCancerDay.org website: The first World Ovarian… Continue reading Celebrating Mothers and Sisters Everywhere: World Ovarian Cancer Day – May 8, 2014
da Vinci’s Last Supper Check out this interesting, informative, and fun site for a discussion of some words about Easter: INTERESTING LITERATURE. But they left out "maundy," a word that came up in my writing group yesterday when one member recalled her father confusingly referring to the day before Good Friday as "Mondy-Thursdy," as it sounded to… Continue reading Words You Need to Know for Easter Sunday–the Day before “Maundy”?
There are moments in life when you miss someone so much that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real.... – Mitch Kline I wrote about Sandee, who died three-and-a-half years ago of leukemia, on what would have been her 61st birthday (see the 12/6/13 post). This post comes from her husband,… Continue reading My Friend’s Story – Leukemia: Remembering Her at Passover
This diploma is my Valentine's Day gift. This and 21 shades of Gray. As I mentioned in the February 12, 2014 post, my final vaginal radiation (brachytherapy) treatment had to be rescheduled from what I thought was a lucky date--02/13/2014, the two-month anniversary of my hysterectomy--to Valentine's Day, which has even better numerology: 02/14/2014. Mother… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: 21 Shades of Gray for Valentine’s Day