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Outliving A Loved One–In Loving Memory of My Uncle

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“No offense, but I hope I outlive you,” I laughed, after explaining that I was given an 80% chance of 2-3 years before the cancer returned. “You should do,” Uncle Ian replied. But now that Uncle Ian has actually left the world, I wish I didn’t outlive him. I was just playing. He’s leaving behind […]

Cancer Doesn’t Inoculate Against Heartache

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It’s like I ate food that I thought was good for me, but now it’s rotting inside me. The pain of heartbreak is tearing through my veins, running over feeble organs and scar tissue, with no regard for parts of me that are already injured. “Be brave,” was the thing I said to myself, as […]

Minority within Minority: #AintIaSurvivor

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After an exhausting eight hours of pulmonary (lung) function testing, the head pulmonologist at one of the country’s top pulmonary function labs in California, handed me the written results of my performance, and explained the series of tables and graphs. “You lost 40% of your lung tissue, and according to these tests, the 60% of […]

The Bobobel Story – Love After Cancer

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As a V-Day nod to Bobo, I’m sharing a peek into our story of finding love after living through adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer three times between us. When I got to Espresso Profeta, he was at the door pulling out his phone. “Hi!” I said, stepping up kind of awkwardly close. I didn’t […]

Hitting 40 After Hitting Cancer 2x

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In my life before cancer, I thought 40 was middle-aged. But after hitting cancer twice, hitting 40 – and any age for that matter – never feels like I’m in the middle of anything, but more like I’m on the edge of something. The last prognosis I was given predicted that I had an 80% […]