May 28, 2016

Thursday my physical therapist instructed me to "lay low" and recover from traveling. Specifically, no pulling weeds (she acts like she knows me or something!). My upper right arm had some mild swelling, a sign of possible lymphedema. Because all of my axillary (underarm) lymph nodes were removed, I am at a high risk for de...

May 27, 2016

"Is there a chance this could be Inflammatory Breast Cancer?"


"Absolutely not."


It was October. In the two months since Eli's birth, my midwife had been treating me for mastitis, a common breast feeding infection.  Antibiotics, heat compresses, massage, pumping....nothing alleviated the pain, and in fact, it was getting wor...

May 26, 2016

This. These are my people. This is where I come from.


As a child, it was hard for me to understand the outpouring of love from these women and men that I saw only once every few years. A bear hug...a sticky kiss leaving lipstick on my face...a squeeze of the bottom (yes, even that).


Now I get it. After facing cancer, and b...

May 21, 2016

In 2014 we made two additions to our family; our son Eli, and The House with That Awful Pink Door. We were so excited to buy our first home as a family, and spent hours dreaming of improvements we could DIY together. Painting the door was first on my list of things to do. But with moving and holidays and cold weather and th...

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