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About reclinerwoman

I was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer on 3/25/2008 and completed treatment on 11/6/2008. My cancer-free date is 8/27/2008. My desire is to encourage cancer patients and the ones who love them.

Turn Frustration into Laughter

At one point during chemo, mouth sores were threatening.  My breast care coodinator warned me to be proactive, as she had seen people in the hospital on a morphine drip from the pain of mouth sores!  I called my doctor and … Continue reading

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Sing About It

During the crazy rush of evaluation, testing and scheduling leading up to the start of my cancer treatments, I made up a little song. I don’t know I don’t know There’s so very many things that I don’t know My … Continue reading

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Family Funnies During Cancer, Part 3

We were explaining to the girls that I wouldn’t be having surgery.  Instead, I would be having some really strong medicine that would make me tired.  Daddy was going to need help from the girls.  My six year old piped up:  “We … Continue reading

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The Other Side of the Valley of Cancer

You might be surprised, disappointed or even angry to find so many issues in your life post treatment.  Recovery can be stunningly slower than your exptectations.  You may, or may not, look “fine” but you will be different in many … Continue reading

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When You Can’t Sleep, Pray

It was helpful to me to learn that other people going through cancer treatment had trouble sleeping.  My anti-nausea medication, Ativan, helped me when sleep was elusive, but you might need to ask the doctor for something specifically to help … Continue reading

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Family Funnies During Cancer, Part 2

My husband and I decided if we were not afraid, our 6 and 10 year old daughters wouldn’t be afraid either.  We were careful to package scary news to make it as easy to hear as possible.  For example, when I … Continue reading

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Family Fun During Cancer

My girls were 6 and 10 when I was diagnosed with cancer.  I typically wore a bandana around the house.  On the few days I went to work, I wore my wig.  It was summer in Florida, and that wig … Continue reading

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