Author Archives: Naomi

About Naomi

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

A Few Photos from Mother’s Day

It’s been a busy few days. I’m happy to report that the pain is slowly subsiding and my mobility has greatly increased. I still can’t pick Nate up, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to soon. In the meantime, he’s … Continue reading

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The Art of Slowing Down

In the moments after I wake up,  one of my first thoughts is, “Am I in pain?” Some mornings it’s a bit hard to tell. I slowly turn to one side, testing to see whether I feel a pinch, or … Continue reading

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Home

Recovery is hard. Before the surgery, I had heard that it actually wasn’t too bad, and that chemo was way worse. And maybe that’s right, but that only speaks to how seriously horrible chemo is, because recovery from a bilateral … Continue reading

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Before and After Moments

Before the diagnosis, we didn’t have that many family photos up around the house. Now, though, we have a bunch. I wanted to see our smiling faces looking back at me from every room in the house, so we selected … Continue reading

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On Writing about Illness

I’ve contemplated how best it is to share this story, this experience of being a young mother, fighting this illness. I started this blog to keep friends and family in the loop about what’s going on. But I also started … Continue reading

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Some Awesome Things

Some awesome things in no particular order: 1) No chemo this week!! I still have lots of doctor appointments to juggle (4 this past week), but so happy to have no more chemo! The bruises on my arms from the … Continue reading

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Small steps

I am finally starting to feel better from the last round of chemo. The cold is slowly going away, and the side effects seem to be getting better. In fact, I was feeling well enough to participate in an academic conference … Continue reading

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Lifting the Clouds

In the past, I’ve tried to explain what chemo is like and it always ends up being something like this:  Imagine you are having the worst day. You wake up with a searing headache, you spill coffee on yourself, you … Continue reading

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Happy Tears

I have some great news. First of all, I got my MRI results and have found out that the tumour in my left lymph node is essentially gone! And the tumour in my breast has shrunk down from a whopping … Continue reading

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The week ahead

Because my chemo is on a two week cycle, the first weekend after chemo is tough, but the second weekend is much better. And this weekend has actually been great. My energy levels have been close to normal so I … Continue reading

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