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Boobie Jokes

February 11th, 2016

That’s Not Something You Read Every Day #8

It’s nice to know that my son is like every other red-blooded male out there: obsessed with boobies. (He also wrote about this same subject on the whiteboard in my hospital room during my breast reconstruction.) All those years ago, when all my parts were still intact, I took my body for granted. The day […]

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February 20th, 2014

That’s Not Something You Hear Every Day #26

  It was January 17, 2014. “Hey, Jonathan, come here.” I sat at my desk reading over the email I had received from Katrina Thompson (nee West) of Kat West Beads. He bounded over. “This woman,” I pointed at her picture, “was diagnosed with two different types of cancer, she loved my book, and now […]

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April 29th, 2013

Friends All Over The World

I’ve talked about my rock star friend in the U.K. I’ve also made a friend on the island of Maui. Ken and I ate lunch with her today. We talked and laughed together for over two hours and it was one of the highlights of my whole trip. I first met Lei when Ken and […]

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November 14th, 2012

All I Want For Christmas is… Well…

I have an appointment with the plastic surgeon this morning. I was supposed to see him last November, but typical Maria-fashion, I put it off as long as possible. I tried to avoid this appointment, too, by slithering in to ask his receptionist a week ago if I could get my question answered without having […]

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August 1st, 2012

Breast Reconstruction – Take 62

  Yesterday, my mom and I were driving back from one of our housecleaning jobs. “I need to go to the Dutch store up in Lynden,” I said. “I need to get some more soup, Nasi Goreng, and maybe some capucijners. Do you want to come with me?” Ignoring me, she replied, “I need a […]

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April 27th, 2012

Breast Reconstruction – Take 61

I feel like I’ve gone zero to six over these past few years. Anyone who has read my book—or been within five feet of me during one of my rants—knows that I had insurance when I was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer three years ago, but it didn’t do me much good. Hence, the “zero.” […]

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November 16th, 2011

Breast Reconstruction – Take 56

Yesterday, I made my piano student, Anna, laugh so hard, she fell backwards off the bench. Then again, it’s pretty easy to make 11-year-olds laugh. All you have to do is say the word “boobie.” The word makes little girls giggle and grown men wiggle in embarrassment. Me? I’m just glad that I have two […]

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July 28th, 2011

Breast Reconstruction – Take 36

Today, I went to join my writing group in Coupeville for the first time in months. What can I say? I’ve got three kids, a husband, a huge yard to maintain, housework (to ignore), breast reconstruction surgery to recover from… The whole way there–during my one-hour drive–I felt like screaming out the window, “I’m back […]

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