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?
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
How young is too young for Facebook? I’ve been thinking about this question because my youngest son, Henry (age 12) asked about getting a Facebook page. Henry has two older brothers (ages 16 and 17) who are both on Facebook, but I am not inclined to let Henry participate until high school. So I read with great interest a piece in the New York Times Magazine, which started … [Read more...] about How Young is Too Young for Facebook?
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