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About Me


I am a reluctant blogger. I have sadly known too many young adults with cancer, and my generation seems compelled to blog about their experiences. I generally don’t go with the crowd — I am an outgoing but skeptical person — so I suspected I would rather keep my cancer experiences in-house.

In my regular life, I am a social scientist and I have become fascinated by this alternative reality we enter into when we become cancer patients. So here I am, blogging.

Cancer treatment requires the repeated submission to painful treatments, often when you start out feeling well. I have always taken good care of my body and been attuned to what I need to feel well, so this regimen goes against any self-care strategies I have relied on in the past. As you may surmise, docility does not come naturally to me. I needed a symbol for my fight, and pink ribbons evoke images of playing dress up or wrapping gifts to me. They do not rev me up for another round of mortal combat.

So I created ChemoBabe, a persona who keeps me fighting. She has enough spunk and edge to get smacked down by surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and stand back up ready to fight some more. A persona who the cancer could not touch. Somebody who could say that cancer is horrible and talk back bluntly to the euphemistic ways people skirt that horror in everyday conversations.

There was life before chemo, and there better damned well be life afterwards.

Stage 3 Her2 Positive Breast Cancer

Chemo Cocktail:
Taxotere, Carboplatin, Herceptin

I take my cocktail:
Through a port into my veins

Number of treatments:
6 Chemo, 12 more with just Herceptin



Member for
5 years 35 weeks

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