To start at the beginning, read Chapter 1: Abby's Crap News - AKA My "Journey" With Cancer My husband, Chris, and I were struggling with how to tell our three boys - Jonah, age 19, Aaron, 17, and Henry, 13 - that I have breast cancer and needed surgery. We thought it was important for them to know, of course, yet we didn't want to unnecessarily frighten them or freak … [Read more...] about Chapter 3: How Do You Tell Your Kids That You Have Cancer?
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To start at the beginning, read Chapter 1: Abby's Crap News - AKA My "Journey" With Cancer OK, so I definitely have breast cancer. No more loopholes, no more undone tests or incomplete test results. The MRI, thankfully, showed no cancer on the left side. And the pathology reports from the biopsy were, all things considered, positive. As I wrote in a group email to … [Read more...] about Chapter 2: Five Stages of Whatever
Remembering Before I Forget: The Beginning I have breast cancer. I found this out when my husband Chris felt a lump in my breast (thank God, thank God, I have a husband who still touches my breasts - otherwise who knows when I would have found it? I admit, red-facedly, that I do not do regular "self breast exams" as all we women have been instructed to do. I simply relied … [Read more...] about Chapter 1: Abby’s Crap News – AKA My “Journey” With Cancer
To start at the beginning, read Chapter 1: Abby's Crap News - AKA My "Journey" With Cancer When it comes to losing one's hair, there is a huge difference between theoretical and actual - and this may sound totally sexist, but I think it's much worse if you're a woman. (Except maybe if you're Ozzy Osbourne or Russell Brand.) Chemotherapy = hair loss. We all know this, … [Read more...] about Chapter 5: Hair Loss – Breast Cancer
To start at the beginning, read Chapter 1: Abby's Crap News - AKA My "Journey" With Cancer The Kindness of Strangers and Others I cut my hair. And then I cut it again. I can't even remember the last time I wore my hair short - I don't particularly like it short, but I know it's going to fall out within weeks, so I wanted to feel some modicum of control over the process. … [Read more...] about Chapter 4: Chemo Begins, With a Bonus: Bronchitis