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Five to Eight weeks after

I saw the doctor for my follow-up at 5 weeks, and she said I was ‘healing remarkably well’ and was henceforth cleared to lift heavy things and battle monsters. She also noted that my pathology report had come back showing … Continue reading

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Not *quite* Ready for Prime Time

Three plus weeks after, and although I feel pretty well healed in general, breaking from the cat lifestyle – even for something as simple as dinner and a movie at a friend’s – results in slight soreness and an insta-puff … Continue reading

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Scarification? You’re doing it *wrong*.

  Yup, that’s it. Nine days after and I’ve two tiny cat scratches on either side and the worst ever case of bellybutton scruff. There’s a bit of swelling and bruising yet, but it’s pretty damn minimal. Soreness? Well, I’m … Continue reading

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Theatre of Dreams

I’m dreaming again. This is part of what I mean when I say I now feel like a healthy person who’s had major surgery… “normally”, as in before this whole madcap cancer journey, I dreamt frequently and vividly, often several … Continue reading

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Seven days later…

Seven days after surgery and here I am, doing remarkably well overall, if not quite ready for prime time yet. My eye was checked Monday and pronounced healed (a forty minute appointment that turned into three hours- mostly spent sitting … Continue reading

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One in a Thousand…

The morning after, and I was up early, taking care of the last minute chores, emptying out the garbage and the compost; running the vacuum one last time; drinking as much fluid (and a couple of cups of black coffee) … Continue reading

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Adieu Utero!

It was a great party. Thanks to all of you who made it out, for the food and the company and the hand knitted uterus, for being *you*. You are the *bestest*.   Surgery scheduled for 12:30, rides secured, and … Continue reading

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Fifteen months after

It was supposed to be done by now. That’s the myth I was operating under, at any rate – you have the surgery, you undergo chemotherapy, and radiation treatment; you’re tagged and released back in to the wild. Your hair … Continue reading

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Not the droid I was looking for…

As it turned out, the Mirena was not the droid I was looking for and, as the weeks went on, this became abundantly clear. Besides the various unpleasant physical effects, the effects on mood and brain function were overwhelming – … Continue reading

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Mirena – is this the droid you were looking for?

I had a fabulous time in Armenia. Despite giardia, and a twisted ankle, and all the hassle of trying to return right in the middle of the hurricane – it was wonderful beyond whooping to see my family and friends … Continue reading

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