Ice skating and other new, joyous things

The one-year mastectomy anniversary came and went, and my annual health exam and labs (so far) passed in pretty good standing. My ANA titer was elevated, indicating autoimmune activity of some kind, or worst-case scenario, an early indicator of metastasis. My other lab results were good, though (some were their best ever), so the hope... Continue Reading →

Wearing Face Masks Strongly Confuses Counterparts in Reading Emotions

Full study available here: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.566886/full While mask mandates have relaxed in some areas, many people continue to wear masks for various reasons, even when not required. School children are still mandated to mask up for school, although unmasking could be warranted due to: -Transmission and infection rates in schools are lower than in the general... Continue Reading →

Mask mandate ends in Minnesota

Just like that, on Friday, May 14th, 2020, our governor lifted the statewide mask mandate. Alan and I went on a date to a local restaurant yesterday and didn't wear a mask inside. None of the customers or employees were masked. I couldn't stop smiling. I almost felt giddy at the sight of everyone's beautiful... Continue Reading →

One year

One year ago today, I received my initial diagnosis of breast cancer, ductal carcinoma in-situ, a non-invasive form of breast cancer in my left breast. Initially, the news was not that bad. It was the least harmful form of cancer and was highly treatable. I underwent a core biopsy, called my family and friends to... Continue Reading →

Baloney detection

Wanted to share this great article from Psychology Today on how to be an intelligent consumer of media and how to get beyond our own biases/ beliefs to access what is actually true. If I were still posting on Facebook, I would share it there, but would likely be told by at least one or... Continue Reading →

Counting days

Eighteen days ago, at age 42 and 7 days, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy and survived the first surgery of my life. Fifty-seven days ago, I received the diagnosis of breast cancer. Two days ago, I cried for the first time about the loss of my breasts, remembering how they felt--soft and smooth and sensitive.... Continue Reading →

Buddhist meditation

“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace

Chaos and turbulence and unconditional love

Writing here has felt self-indulgent lately. It's not necessarily helpful to others for me to write about pain here, but rather, it burdens them. I don't want to bring down the few precious people who read this blog. My words, however insignificant, are putting something, en energy, out into the world. So I've been thinking:... Continue Reading →

Peace Prayer

Prayer of St. Francis Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace:where there is hatred, let me sow love;where there is injury, pardon;where there is doubt, faith;where there is despair, hope;where there is darkness, light;where there is sadness, joy.  O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seekto be consoled as to console,to... Continue Reading →

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