Author Archives: Naomi

About Naomi

Writing about health/wellness and motherhood at www.everybodyhearts.com and academia and research at www.tracingmemory.com

Milestones big and small

I’ve been meaning to update the blog for a little while, but things have been busy. I started to write a post a few weeks ago and it went like this: I am feeling awesome. That is the brief update … Continue reading

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Hiding from the Sun…

…but not from life! I have been happily unplugged from the Internet for the last couple of weeks. Treatment ended on July 18th and we promptly left for a little rest and relaxation. My skin is on the mend, thank … Continue reading

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Fifty Shades of Red

So, friends, I knew radiation seemed to be going along too smoothly. What seemed like a mild sunburn before has progressed to an itchy, uncomfortable, hot stretch of skin. It’s yuck. Plus, it is boiling outside, and I still have … Continue reading

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What radiation feels like

I have had 15 radiation treatments so far, 10 more to go. Compared to chemo, radiation feels like nothing. Chemo involved needles and IVs and a whole lot of drugs injected into my bloodstream. Chemo was unpredictable and frightening. Sessions … Continue reading

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Walking the walk

On all my visits to Princess Margaret hospital, and over the last several months there have been many, I’ve noticed this big, huge banner  over the entrance. It says “I believe we will conquer cancer in our lifetime.” Every time … Continue reading

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This Blog is a Love Letter

In the past, I’ve worried about the publicness of writing about illness. This concern with publicness is a common theme in a lot of blogs written by moms of young children. Will my child grow up and be embarrassed by … Continue reading

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Thank you, arm.

I am happy to report that my arm performed well at the next CT scan and I was able to get it into the right position. Phew. They put four teeny-tiny tattoos (that look like birthmarks) to mark out the … Continue reading

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In Which I Excel at Breathing, but Fail at Raising My Arm

Yesterday, I posted that I would be getting a planning CT scan. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to have it done. The appointment started out very well. First, I met with a technician who showed me the breathing apparatus I would … Continue reading

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All the Things

There are lots of things going on, so here is the point-form version: First, the things you probably want to know: – We got the pathology report back. And it is good. Real good.  A small tumor, about 4mm was … Continue reading

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Me and Angelina

On Tuesday morning, I heard about Angelina Jolie’s preventive double mastectomy. I started to write a blog post about it, but it turned into more of an article, an article that ended up being published on The Huffington Post!  I’ve … Continue reading

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