I'm slowly digesting this news - yes, now my breast cancer is in my brain. But as I process this information, I also have to keep reminding myself that the lesions are very, very small. These spots are manageable. I've found some measure of compartmentalization that has allowed me to give this new development a … Continue reading Brain Tumor Chat
Clinical trials are always a bit of a crapshoot. On one hand, you have the opportunity to be treated with the most cutting-edge technology, medications, and treatments available. On the other hand, well, it's a trial. There's no truly solid data on its efficacy because you are the data. I felt fairly comfortable with my … Continue reading Good News/Bad News
“I do not wish my anger and pain and fear about cancer to fossilize into yet another silence, nor to rob me of whatever strength can lie at the core of this experience, openly acknowledged and examined...imposed silence about any area of our lives is a tool for separation and powerlessness.” -Audre Lorde, The Cancer … Continue reading The Last Two Months
As a child, I often tried to make sense of the greater world by trying to understand the relationship of that which was happening in my life in relationship with all of the myriad things that could happen. For years, I would travel down the rabbit hole of "what if," much to the frustration of … Continue reading Playing The “What If” Game
Episode 11 of the Intersection of Cancer and Life features Annmarie Otis, the founder of Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer. Annmarie was diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer in 2012, and Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer is her fierce and unconventional initiative to promote awareness, early detection, and advocacy surrounding breast cancer, with a special focus on … Continue reading The Intersection of Cancer and Life, Episode 11: Annmarie Otis
Episode 8 of the Intersection of Cancer and Life is a special episode for me - at the time it airs, it will have been a year since my diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer. In this episode, I talk with Abigail Johnston, a fellow lawyer, mother, and metastatic breast cancer thriver. Before cancer, Abigail was … Continue reading The Intersection of Cancer and Life, Episode 8: Abigail Johnston
When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I thought my world had ended. I think back to the young woman lying on the cold table, undergoing a breast biopsy, sobbing into her hospital gown. I was afraid I was going to die. When I received my metastatic diagnosis several weeks later, I wandered around … Continue reading Will It Get Better?
Over the summer, Christian and I attended a beautiful wedding- the first trip we were able to take alone together both since my breast cancer diagnosis and since Felix was born. As we sat in the dappled afternoon sun, listening to the voices of two of our close friends pledging their vows to each other, … Continue reading In Sickness and in Health
Episode 4 of the Intersection of Cancer and Life features Robin Browne. Robin is 31 years old, a stage IV breast cancer survivor, and a regular contributor to Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls website. She's also the cohost of the podcast “That’s the Spirit” and is fascinated by all things spooky and dark. She has one … Continue reading The Intersection of Cancer and Life, Episode 4: Robin Browne
Welcome to The Intersection of Cancer and Life, a podcast about what happens when cancer, and life, put you on the road you never expected to travel. On this podcast, I talk to survivors, thrivers, and supporters about what life really looks like with cancer - the good, the difficult, and sometimes the really ridiculous. … Continue reading Welcome to The Intersection of Cancer and Life!