The Day I was Officially Listed on the Heart Transplant Wait List β€πŸŒˆπŸ¦„

A 4 year update, since the day I was list on the Heart Transplant Wait List. "As of today at 4:26:05 CST I'm officially on the β™‘ Transplant List! I'm excited because I've given blood, sweat & tears since mid-June to this process, so I'm relieved. I'm also fearful. Mixed emotions-today is a big day. I'm so grateful to you for your ongoing support. I need it!"

When You and Your Mom are Dying at the Same Time…

Warning: This article is about death and dying. If you or your loved one are dealing with death and dying, this article might be triggoring or I hope that it may bring you a sense comfort. While I can't predict how this article will affect you, I can tell you that it has difficult topics … Continue reading When You and Your Mom are Dying at the Same Time…

How I Avoided Death in 10 Steps…β€πŸ™πŸ˜€πŸ€ž

My survival guide of how I overcame bone cancer, then later a heart transplant, breast cancer and the death of my Mum from ovarian cancer all within the same time period. I relied on some strategies to endure this time in my life. May my experience possibly lift your burden in some small way.

Writing about my Mum…πŸ•Šβ€πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Two years ago on this day my Mum died at 5:59pm. The time of her death interests me because it's the moment she left this planet. It's now the moment I light my memorial candle and even though she's gone this Jewish ritual (called a yarzheit candle) somehow makes me feel close to her. I've … Continue reading Writing about my Mum…πŸ•Šβ€πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

My 5 Tricks of How I Deal with Pain… πŸ’ͺβ€πŸ©πŸ–

As a heart transplant recipient and cancer survivor, I have experienced intense physical pain and prolonged mental anguish. I have a few tricks I use to endure pain and I will share them with you. I hope it brings you some measure of relief.

Breast Cancer: So Many Decisions, What Should I Do?

Dear Breast Cancer Patient, Are you trying to decide between lumpectomy vs mastectomy? Unilateral vs bilateral? To have reconstruction or be flat chested? It's fucking overwhelming. I can't tell you what to do, but I can tell you what I did. I was diagnosed with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) only three months after my … Continue reading Breast Cancer: So Many Decisions, What Should I Do?

Should I Even Talk About Heart Transplant & Cancer?

I share with you my thoughts about organ donation and my experience as a heart transplant Recipient, because I believe communication can be beneficial, but I also know that this is a very sensitive topic and taboo.

A Little About My Journey: Heart Transplant & Cancers

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At 15 years old, I had bone cancer and one of the chemo drugs gave me heart failure. At 39 years old, I had a heart transplant. Four months after my transplant, I discovered I had breast cancer. I had a double mastectomy, then weeks later and just 2 days before my 41st birthday, my … Continue reading A Little About My Journey: Heart Transplant & Cancers

F*ck was my favorite word as a 15 yr Cancer Patient

During my first bout of cancer, I was a horrible, rotten no good teenager. This is one tale of my defiance during a Chemo treatment. Now at 42 years old, I reflect on this time with raucous laughter and embarrassment.