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First Chemo

Photo by Holly Obermiller on Unsplash The chemo room is big and sun-lit with several stations to choose from, though most are already spoken for. I take one in the middle near the nurse’s station, the equivalent of near the kitchen in a restaurant. There’s a big chair...

High Risk

Photo by Mark Asthoff on Unsplash It took me a while to realize that roller coasters weren’t fun anymore. All that high-speed jerking around, slamming first one way, and then the other, and having the bejeezus scared out of you. Why was that ever fun? Real life roller...

Ready for Battle

Today I’m meeting my oncologist, Dr. Ormsby. I’m convinced that he wants me to have chemo without further testing, so I don’t plan to like him. I’m ready for a battle. It doesn’t help that he has the most earnest face. He’s tall and very young-looking and hand-bumps...

To Chemo or not to Chemo

jens-johnsson-415903-unsplash.jpg What’s next? The tumor has been excised and good riddance to it, but it was step one of several. The big decision now is whether to get chemo. A breast cancer tumor by itself won’t kill anyone, no matter how big it gets, so long as it...