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January 17th, 2014

Note to My Gentle Readers

I realize that I have not posted any new blog posts since November 8. Two. Solid. Months. That is because I started taking thyroid medicine on November 2. Yes. Even though I said I’d “never take it again.” Stay tuned for more information. Be prepared to read all kinds of interesting posts next week. As […]

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November 5th, 2013

More Celebrating

Back in April of this year, I sure was doing a lot of celebrating. I was celebrating my daughter, celebrating friendships, celebrating music, and celebrating family. Tonight, we celebrated Michael’s birthday (early) at the Olive Garden. Woot woot. Like I’ve mentioned several times now, I thought I’d be dead by now, so times like these […]

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October 28th, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness #5

Today is Breast Cancer Awareness Day, so it  is time for me to make my list of reasons that I am very aware of breast cancer: 1. I am starting to hate the month of October because of how much breast cancer is talked about. 2. I hate pink. Used to like it and wear […]

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July 17th, 2013

The Empty Nest Syndrome Begins

According to Google, “Empty nest syndrome is a feeling of grief and loneliness parents or guardians may feel when their children leave home for the first time, such as to live on their own or to attend a college or university.” My son, Michael moved out today and I was so happy, I thought I’d […]

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July 11th, 2013

I Am Blessed

It has been a little over four years now since I was first diagnosed with Stage III locally-advanced breast cancer. It has been hard on me, of course, but I think it’s been even harder on my husband, Ken. Not only did Ken continue working, he untangled all of our insurance woes (since I picked […]

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June 24th, 2013

Glory Be, Hallelujah, and Yippee-Yahooey!

Well, I went to my oncologist last week. Like I’ve mentioned before, I was very nervous for this appointment because of some issues I’ve been having. I sat in Dr. Hoffman’s office while Susie—my friend—sat out in the lobby waiting for me. The nurse had just left, so I cleaned my purse, wrote down “eight […]

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April 3rd, 2013

Four Years & Counting

Because of my hyped up state, my four-year anniversary totally snuck up on me. Not only did it sneak up on me, I was way more emotional about it this year. Maybe my impending menopause has something to do with that. I still can’t believe that it’s been four years since I sat in the doctor’s […]

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April 3rd, 2013

Celebrating Daughters

Tonight, I went on Facebook for my nightly five-minute perusal and came across the following entry that my daughter, Adriana, posted, which made me cry: “Four years ago today my mom was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, and I cannot tell you how happy, grateful, and blessed I am to still have her. Celebrating with […]

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March 4th, 2013

Simple Joys of Life #6

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my time over here in Richland at Adriana’s NWAACC basketball tournament, even though the Haagen-Dazs ice cream is tempting me big time. I’ve been taking the side entrance to the Hampton Inn just to bypass the gift store where the Vanilla Swiss Almond is calling to me at all hours: “Maria, chocolate-covered almonds swimming in vanilla […]

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