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CA 125 Drops 6,100 Points After First Taxol

I remember the days when I was excited about my CA 125 dropping six points, never mind 6,000. But after chemo four-and-half years ago, the tumour marker was in single digits. Anything lower than 32 is considered normal. So the closer … Continue reading

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Ariel2: My New Superhero Fighting Ovarian Cancer

Tomorrow, Tuesday, I start the ARIEL2 clinical trial with high hopes that it will make me well and let me live longer. A lot longer. And it’s not a moment too soon. I’ve been living in limbo land since my last caelyx … Continue reading

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Surprise: A Chemo Vacation

Quench the candles Put away the prayers Send your loving words to someone worthy I’m on chemo vacation! Let the heels heal Soothe the sores Dry the blisters Calm the rash See you next week, Caelyx. I saw the oncologist yesterday … Continue reading

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What Not to Tell a Person with Cancer or Why I Feel Sick When You Tell Me I Look Good

There are many things you shouldn’t tell a person with cancer — especially that story about the acquaintance who died so soon after diagnosis. We’re unnaturally sensitive to your words. While we appreciate your care, concern and interest, we’re bound to … Continue reading

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Courage to be Me

  As I trudge through life with cancer I am often told that I am courageous. I shrug and decline the nomination. Soldiers forced to face an enemy, fighting for freedom, facing death. That is courage. They are not deterred by … Continue reading

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