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#205 I Knew I Hit Rock Bottom When I Bought a Mink Coat

#205 I Knew I Hit Rock Bottom When I Bought a Mink Coat

I’m depressed. I’ve been dealing with depression most of my life, so I know it when I see it. My mom had it and so did her mother. I have some pretty good coping mechanisms, but they aren’t working this time.

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#206 The Spontaneous Combustion of My Breast

#206 The Spontaneous Combustion of My Breast

I’ve been doing well—getting back into the swing of things and feeling really good, if not great. But alas, sometimes three steps forward comes with two steps back.

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#207 Oh Bubba

#207 Oh Bubba

I’ve been doing well—getting back into the swing of things and feeling really good, if not great. But alas, sometimes three steps forward comes with two steps back.

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#208 — The Rest of the Story — Spontaneous Combustion

#208 — The Rest of the Story — Spontaneous Combustion

Note: If you haven’t read the first part of Spontaneous Combustion, this post won’t make sense to you. Take a look at that one and then come back here!

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#209 I Do — Take Two?

#209 I Do — Take Two?

My husband and I have had this “thing” for the past several years about renewing our vows. It started as we approached our 20-year anniversary. I suggested that we renew our vows. His response was swift and definitive and went something like: “No, I did it once and I don’t need to do it again.…

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Guest Blogger: How I overcame cancer and learned to be the director of my own life

Guest Blogger: How I overcame cancer and learned to be the director of my own life

Followers, today I am pleased to introduce you to our first guest blogger, Melissa Fleming. Melissa is currently the head of Communications and chief spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She leads global media outreach and campaigns, and operates multi-media news and feature service. From October 2016 to April 2017, she served…

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Guest Blogger — Are There Bombs Strapped to My Chest?

Guest Blogger — Are There Bombs Strapped to My Chest?

“It’s not that I don’t love my breasts, I guess I just love me more.”

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#210 — Am I A Survivor?

#210 — Am I A Survivor?

I’ve always known I was a fighter, but a survivor? Not so much. My mother; now she was a survivor. She fled a 20-year abusive marriage with nothing but a high school education and four kids in tow, the youngest being 7 (me), and she created the best life she could. That’s what I call…

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#213 What’s Your Number?

#213 What’s Your Number?

When I was in college and later in my early 20s, our girl posse would get together, sit around in cute pajamas or Juicy Couture tracksuits, drinking cheap wine, munching on nachos, and playing one of two games – the utterly silly “Have You Ever?” or the more intriguing game “What’s Your Number?”

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#212 It’s Complicated

#212 It’s Complicated

Life is complicated. That’s not a revelation, but sometimes we forget. Life is complicated. For everyone.

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#211 Cancer Resources

#211 Cancer Resources

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I wanted to share some resources that have helped me on and off through my journey in understanding what was happening to me, but also giving me different perspectives. I share these with you in hopes they may also be helpful to you. Please feel free to share…

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#214 New Attitude or New Day?

#214 New Attitude or New Day?

In 1984, Disco Diva Patti LaBelle released a song called “New Attitude.” I can’t remember the lyrics, but if I close my eyes and think about it, I am quickly transported back to the mid-'80s when I taught aerobics.

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#215 About Those Bracelets Tho….

#215 About Those Bracelets Tho….

Conspicuous Courage

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#216 Guest Blogger: What Not to Say to a Cancer Patient

#216 Guest Blogger: What Not to Say to a Cancer Patient

“WHEN VISITING A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER WHO IS SICK, IT’S GOOD TO LEAVE PLATITUDES AT THE DOOR.

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#217 Dragging My Feet

#217 Dragging My Feet

I’ve been writing this blog post for months–many months. I think my last post was in May. This is unusual for me. It generally takes me an hour to write a post, another hour to marinade on it and then about 30 minutes to post it.

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#218 Just One More Slice?

#218 Just One More Slice?

I had another surgery in January—four weeks ago in fact. I’ve now lost count of how many re-revisions of breast reconstruction I’ve had. I wonder how many surgeries you can have before the rest of your body breaks down.

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#101 Wigging Out

#101 Wigging Out

In each of the pictures below, except one, I’m wearing a different wig. The “one” where I’m not (in case it isn’t obvious) is when my fur baby, Chivas, decided to get in the wig game.. 🙂

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#102 Lumpy, Flat, or Lopsided — How Do You Decide?

#102 Lumpy, Flat, or Lopsided — How Do You Decide?

People have frequently asked me how I decided to have a double mastectomy vs. a lumpectomy or to have the diseased breast removed. It wasn’t an easy decision for me, but it was a quick one, and once I made it, I never looked back.

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#103 Chemo. Chemo. Chemotherapy

#103 Chemo. Chemo. Chemotherapy

For me, when I sat in the chair to start my first chemotherapy infusion was when my cancer felt very real. Something about knowing that poison would be pumped through my system for several hours was really unsettling, as I imagine it would be for anyone.

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