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.
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…🕊❤🇺🇸
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.
Life after a heart transplant has a new set of unique challenges.
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?
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.
Read about Jennifer's unbelievable journey that started in 1991 at age 14. Jennifer has overcome three different cancers: bone, breast and lung (all years apart and distinct). Ultimately, chemo as a teenager resulted in a heart transplant. Transplant was an intense journey, as Jennifer's mother also had ovarian cancer at the same time. Jennifer's mother lost her battle and died while Jennifer was recovering from breast cancer surgery. At times life felt unbearable for Jennifer. Now at age 45 in 2022, this difficult journey continues with blood clots and organ rejection. This post is Jennifer's story.
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.