Tag: cancer


Mami Mondays: She Fights Like a Girl

Today is National Breast Cancer Awareness Day. We have seen the seas of pink. The strides taken, the solidarity shown. Today, I want to share a story with you. From the daughter of a breast cancer survivor. Because the ribbons and the pink are all well and good but I want us to put a face to the name. A personal story to the cause. Stride on, sistahs! Breast cancer has consumed my life. Breast cancer has been impacting my life since I was 12. I’m now 33 and it still continues......

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Cholangiocarcinoma
February 21, 2013

Cholangiocarcinoma

Doesn’t that sound like something funny or benign? “Hey, stop making me laugh with that cholangiocarcinoma of yours!”. Mami died of it. It killed her in 10 months. No questions asked. One powerful round of 2 chemo drugs that reduced the tumor to half its size in the first half of the treatment and seemed like doubled in size within a few short weeks after the treatment ended. Cholangiocarcinoma. Bile duct cancer. About 2,500 cases discovered every year in the US with only 5 to 10% of them being intrahepatic, or inside......

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The Eulogy I Never Gave
February 01, 2013

The Eulogy I Never Gave

One of my mom’s friends came up to me after the funeral and told me she’d been disappointed to not have heard me speak. I eulogized my grandmother and she thought I’d do the same for Mami. But I didn’t. I let her childhood friend go on and on and on about her. Because it made me happy to have gotten a little bit more of the story we did not know. The part of Mami that she didn’t speak much about. But since then, I keep thinking that perhaps I should......

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Bang the Drum: A Face of Courage

Many of you know my story. You’ve passed through this site and have read something about me losing my mami to cholangiocarcinoma (gallbladder cancer) last year. What you might not know is that my papi is a cancer survivor. Five years ago this September, I sat in a doctor’s office with my parents and my sister and heard the news that I already knew was coming. I must’ve appeared detached with my notebook and my questions because I remember the doctor asking me if I was a case worker. Um no, I’m just anal......

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March 21, 2012

The Ex Files

I’m sitting in the hospital.  Waiting.  It’s weird how good I am in places like this. The(ex)man is in surgery having a hernia repaired.  Each time someone came in prior to the surgery he was asked to recount his “interesting” history.  Pretty simple, really.  I’ve heard it a million times but hearing it 5 more times today just reminded me of a few things.  Here’s how the story goes:...

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Every year for the last 7 or so, I’ve participated in the Relay for Life.  I loved the idea of doing something to help others, enjoyed the events because it gave me a chance to pull together a team of friends, join for a common cause and generally have a great time at the overnight events.  And so, this became part of my yearly to do list which I very much looked forward to. My dad was diagnosed with stage II Laryngeal cancer in September of 2007.  And the relay had a......

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It Takes a Village: Alice's Bucket List

I found Alice’s blog about a week or so after she began her posts.  It moved me to tears and, during a time when I was mourning the loss of my mami, it gave me a little perspective.  Here was this 15-year old girl that had a bucket list because the doctors had done all they could for her. I find her blog amazing. It’s a constant reminder of what’s really important.  It’s also wonderful to see her crossing off those items on her list thanks to those that she has reached.......

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Tonight, I awaited in distress patiently for my frog princess to finally go to sleep (she skipped another nap today and she gets very aggravated though I don’t know if she realizes she’s doing it to herself).  I had a lot to say. I planned on writing a blog about women.  How we pass judgement (myself included), how instead of helping out at times (because of that same judgement) we allow other women to drown in their personal sea of decisions when we could very well throw a life raft to help......

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After mami was first diagnosed, I was in a Hallmark store and saw the coolest mug ever.  It simply read F#@k Cancer! I bought it and mami kept it on her nightstand with pencils and trinkets.  My siblings and I always smiled when we saw it there. Last night, as I tweeted about how I was feeling after hearing that Steve Jobs had passed, I thought of that phrase.  What can I say?  I find myself in this house where my mami lived, looking at her namesake running and playing in this......

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May 04, 2011

Mami Blessings

Mami has been with me all week.  On Monday she brought a situation to pass that, though rough at the start, transitioned itself into a moment of deep growth, connection and peace.  I had a crying session last night on my way home as the hole that was left behind from the physical space that she occupied seemed particularly large. Yesterday I went online to listen to the local Christian radio station.  When I went to the home page, I saw an image of a flower with the words “I Love You......

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