Category Archives: Above and Beyond Cancer

Friends

Kate is hair and clothes flowing, delicate voice, searching through bags filled with tissues, snacks, books, water, pens. She is ethereal, not quite of this world. She is reading poetry, surprising me with her voice. She is in my line … Continue reading

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Million Dollar Run

176,000 steps. That’s the approximate number of steps Lori, Brady, Emily, and I ran and walked collectively on Saturday to advance the Million Dollar Marathon baton from Galesburg to Bloomington, Illinois. It was a frightfully early start: I had to … Continue reading

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Breach of Contract

A long time ago – twelve years – when I was just a baby in the world of cancer, I had a make-or-break moment. I had weathered a 10+ hour surgery, four and a half months of the strongest dose … Continue reading

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Off To The Races

Before I run my marathon this summer (for Above & Beyond Cancer), I have to run 70 miles. I leave today for India where I’ll be running a 4-day, 70-mile race through the foothills of the Himalayas. First, though, I’ll … Continue reading

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Running For A Change – The Million Dollar Marathon

I have been extraordinarily lucky. I live in a place where I had access to great medical care, at a time when there were some exciting new research developments, and was surrounded by friends/family/caring organizations that offered wonderful support. I … Continue reading

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Retying The Pink Ribbon

It’s here. There’s no denying it. Pink. Like a river swollen beyond it’s banks, it’s flooding the land. There is much written and discussed within the breast cancer community about the commercialization, sexualization, profiteering, forced positivity, denial of reality, party … Continue reading

Posted in Above and Beyond Cancer, American Cancer Society, breast cancer awareness month, Bright Pink, Livestrong, metastatic breast cancer, METAvivor, personal responsibility, young survival coalition | 7 Comments

Russia – The Climb

Finally, my much-delayed post about climbing Elbrus. The 3 weeks after I returned were such a flurry of rehearsals, concerts, recordings, and advocacy, that I really didn’t have time to collect my thoughts and write. So, let’s go back in … Continue reading

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Think On This While I’m Away

                                  It’s been a while, I know. Too long. I’ve been up at Saratoga playing opera, and spending as much time as humanly possible … Continue reading

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A Good Day

Yesterday was a good day. This is the time of year when I get to visit what feels like every doctor in the world. Well, at least my world. Mammo was earlier this week – all OK. Yesterday was oncologist … Continue reading

Posted in Above and Beyond Cancer, cancer, Kilimanjaro, metastatic breast cancer, oncologists, triple-negative breast cancer | 4 Comments

What Comes Out Of The Dark

I’ve been a bit preoccupied lately, so haven’t written in over a week. I’ve been crazed by preparing for my latest challenge – running a 100 mile trail race next week. And I was writing a lot, just not for … Continue reading

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