On January 22, 2016 I went for a mammogram, to confirm that a lump in my right breast was a cyst. It was. And it saved my life. Because I was overdue for my breast screening, imaging was also done on my left breast  The mammogram and ultrasound came back “highly suspicious” for breast cancer...

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Two, A Breast

In February 2016 I was diagnosed with locally advanced stage II breast cancer. As we gathered ourselves to meet that challenge, my spouse fell on an icy driveway, shattering her shoulder. She required major surgery on the same day as I began chemotherapy. Together - two abreast - we have navigated a year of treatment and recovery. This blog collects my writing through our experience. 

Over the months of treatment, I have been writing regular emails to our extended community of friends, family and colleagues. These are collected in The Letters. I have also been writing about meeting and managing various breast cancer treatments. These reflections on treatment and my tactics/tips are gathered in On Treatment. In the Sustenance section, I share ideas for care of the self and soul, and give examples of how our community of friends, family and colleagues surrounded us in their care. I also include some Resources. The Index page lists all of the blog postings and provides an additional way of navigating the blog. To learn more about who we are, go to About Us.

"What a staggering tangle of self and mutual care the two of you have been through and come through."

"What a wonderful writer you are - sassy, funny, pragmatic, indomitable, ‎and wise."

"You are a most faithful and a most informative correspondent."

August 7, 2016

Because I had at least one positive lymph node, I was given the choice to do chemotherapy first and did so. I believe this is becoming standard of care. In this post, I set out how I approached chemotherapy and the various strategies I used to mitigate (or at least min...

June 23, 2016

First of all, I hope you were able to catch the beauty of solstice sunset with full moon last night.... The garden here was bathed in an ethereal light. What Gerard Manley Hopkins might have called 'gloaming'.

Taxol 3 (T3) done today. Check! No fuss and almost on sche...

May 14, 2016

It’s good to re-emerge and say hello again. The last month has gone by in a flash as the tortoise might say to the hare. Meanwhile, the trilliums are out in the woods. The poppies are beginning their long growth to their single day of flowering glory. The rose bushes a...

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