Julie Pops Up Elsewhere on the Web

by admin on December 24, 2016

Barnes & Noble Bokus Booktopia In Australia?? Also found in the UK, Japan, Sweden, and some language I don’t recognize… The Vocabulary of Joy: Celebrating the Blessings of Life with Cancer Tell a friend…

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Surprise! I’m in Mountain Xpress…

by admin on December 24, 2016

When googling myself, I f9und this: WNC Crowdfunding Initiatives   Tell a friend…

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WOW! Wonderful reviews…

December 3, 2016

5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just Another Book About Alternative Medicine By Tess on November 27, 2016 This book was surprising on many levels. What I was expecting: A treatise on New-Age vs. conventional medical treatments for cancer. Granted, there is a little of that (backed up with actual science, not just woo). But […]

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“My” Gallery

November 19, 2016

Last night my friend Kathe and I went to the Asheville Symphony Chorus’ concert of Christmas music which was held right in front of MOUNTAIN MADE, the gallery (of all things local) that is carrying my book. Tell a friend…

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Box ‘o’ books

November 19, 2016

I forgot to post this earlier.  This is my first box of books that arrived on the 25th of October – the day before the launch.   Tell a friend…

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Kintsugi and Cancer

November 19, 2016

I am tweaking the book before the next printing, and I added a bit about Kintsugi in the chapter on Post-traumatic Growth. I feel – after dancing with two cancer – that I am more beautiful than my original self… From amusingplanet.com, “Kintsugi, The Japanese Art of Fixing Broken Pottery With Gold”: “Most people would […]

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First Two Reviews on Amazon

October 20, 2016

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Touching Book By Amazon Customer on October 19, 2016 Thank you, Ms. Parker, for writing this book and for having the guts to put it out there for all of us who feel the same way and can’t for whatever reason voice our objections to the medical establishment, […]

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BOOK LAUNCH!

October 18, 2016

A week from tomorrow – wow! Tell a friend…

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Ta-da! The book is on its way…………

September 24, 2016

I have been glued to the computer for quite a while now, and the light is shining there at the end of the tunnel. I have set myself a deadline of this Sunday, 6:00 PM to stop writing.  I seem to want to squeeze one more thought in, and another, and another… I have to […]

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Kindness

July 6, 2016

“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” -Henry James “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” -Amelia Earhart “How beautiful a day can […]

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Where there is hatred, let me sow love

June 15, 2016

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled […]

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Alternative Treatment

June 13, 2016

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The Big Ask

February 10, 2016

Cancer, it turns out, is a call for introspection – and a call for support. Since I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer two years ago, I have learned that living with cancer pushes you sometimes gently, sometimes urgently, towards growth in all areas of life. I started out by learning all about how what I […]

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Something Very Beautiful

June 7, 2015

“Healing Crisis as Transformation… utilized intentionally as the tipping off point, it can be like a graceful catapult into the next gorgeous chapter.” Karen Savage Shane (Facebook, June 6, 2015) Tell a friend…

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Soul

June 7, 2015

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Falling Together

June 6, 2015

My eye just fell on a quotation on Facebook from Neale Donald Walsh: “Just when it looks like life is falling apart, it may be falling together for the first time. I have learned to trust the process of life, and not so much the outcome. Destinations have not nearly as much value as journeys. […]

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Dream of Camp

February 11, 2015

I am so dreaming of ‘going to camp’ – Healing Camp with the PLANT SPIRIT MEDICINE folks.  It is way beyond my current means, but magic happens!  They are doing in April, July, and October.  I am so loving doing this work they asked me to write a short piece for their newsletter so here […]

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Leaping in with Both Feet

February 9, 2015

Funny thing, I have been out of business cards for my BUSINESS (web design) for quite a while now, but last week I created business cards for The Vocabulary of Joy which isn’t even a business! It has become my passion, though, my raison d’etre, at least in this part of my life. I so […]

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Dancing with Cancer

December 5, 2014

a piece that may be in WNC WOMAN… “…whatever the complaint is, it’s always the same thing: something beneficial trying to happen. In true medicine there is no conflict, no enemy, no disease, only the opportunity to bring someone out of the dream of strife into the dream of wholeness.” Eliot Cowan, Plant Spirit Medicine […]

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“I have a dream”

November 6, 2014

A small part of me says to keep this under my hat… but only a very teeny tiny part. The rest of me says SHARE THE PLAN.  So here it is:  I am going to write and publish a book. I have already been writing a book that has the same title as this blog… […]

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Love

October 19, 2014

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Healing Cancer Naturally

October 18, 2014

I decided we – those of us choosing to heal cancer naturally – need a support group. So not finding one in the area, I decided to start one myself. Our first meeting is Friday the 24th at 2 and I am most excited. Yesterday I was thrilled to learn that my doctor’s office posted […]

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Latest CA125

October 18, 2014

Those of you who have been following this blog will be familiar with CA125 – the test that shows how the ovarian cancer is doing.  My lastest, as of a few days ago, was 7.1 which is barely a flicker. YAHOO!  And I passed the yoni inspection with flying colors. Tell a friend…

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Faith

October 18, 2014

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Dancing with Cancer

October 18, 2014

[draft, to be submitted to WNC WOMAN] Dancing with Cancer by Julie Savage Parker This morning I discovered the cure for cancer. Yes, I did.  I am sure it will make the headlines shortly. You see, a little over a year ago I was diagnosed with Stage IIIa ovarian cancer. (It only goes up to […]

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Chemotherapy and Radiation

October 18, 2014

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Coming Undone

August 31, 2014

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone.  The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” Cynthia Occelli I have come completely undone in the last four years.  Every aspect of my life unraveled and in […]

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It’s Raining – Good Things!

July 18, 2014

…and it is a good thing it is finally raining!  It rained much of last night and is raining again now.  The garden is most happy!  And good things are raining down on me too.  My MEDICAID came through on Monday and MEDICARE starts August 1st so I am going to make use of it! […]

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Let Them Eat Cake!

July 18, 2014

But not very much cake.  I was excited when they told me I’d be getting foodstamps so when I went grocery shopping this morning  thinking I might get around $150/month, which is what a friend is getting whose income is near mine, I bought one or two things that were not strictly necessary (okay, I […]

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Playing the Numbers

July 9, 2014

I went to see my gynecologic oncology surgeon on Monday.  She checked me inside and out, pronounced the inside all pink and shiny, and she could find zero evidence of ascites, the cancer fluid that had filled my belly last fall (3.5 liters of it).  They drew blood for the CA 125 test.  When they […]

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‘A Fate Worse Than Death’

July 9, 2014

I have had a major problem with claiming disability. When I see people with no arms or no legs who have accommodated  so beautifully, who hardly see themselves as disabled, I just feel paralyzed (oh – what an ironic choice of words) about moving to claim disability for myself. Well, my cousin K  laid down […]

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Crossroads of Consciousness

June 14, 2014

There’s a great wave rising I feel it climbing up my back, through my spine exploding the once closed doors of my heart I’m, preparing to take flight. The winds are adrifting shifting my sight I see through old eyes these new times. Jeanette M. French 2008 Tell a friend…

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TA-DUM!

May 31, 2014

At last!  My article on the wonderful folks at Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville has hit the stands!  I have been telling anyone who would listen what fabulous docs they are since day one and finally I can do it in a more public forum. Here is the article.  Tell a friend…

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Growing a Tumor

May 28, 2014

“When your life falls apart, you can either grow or you can grow a tumor. I decided that instead of allowing my body to continue to manifest my stressors physically, it was time to finally wake up and do whatever it would take to finally get healthy, inside and out.”  Lissa Rankin There are two […]

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Little Tiny Brooms

May 8, 2014

I am halfway through a 21-day cleanse.   No meat, dairy, bread, sugar, recreational drugs, alcohol, etc. I have been feeding myself fresh organic veggies, green smoothies, etc.   Every morning starts with hot water and lemon like my grandmother used to do. I am snacking on almonds and loving them. Green tea, tulsi tea […]

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Illusions, Confusions, and Clarity

May 8, 2014

I suppose most of you know this image – look at it one way and it is an old woman – look at it another way and it is a girl. It all depends on how you look at it, right? Right now I am out of work, out of money, and homeless. Oh yes, and I […]

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There is something about spring…

April 11, 2014

Such deep hopefulness for what is to come in springtime, no? My sweet dawg Anna left me this spring. My sweet Charley left me in the spring four years ago, and dear Freya not long afterwards.  Anna-ji is now resting peacefully on the beautiful property of beloved friends, Debra and Joy Roberts.  AND she is […]

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Bakerwoman God

March 9, 2014

This is a poem I love… and it so clearly expresses what I am going through now. I know I am going through a major transformation on all levels, these past few years,actually.  I am so grateful for my friends, and for Kath and Jim, who I feel clearly circling around me!  And you may […]

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Food as ‘Chemotherapy’

February 25, 2014

(this will be in the April issue of WNC WOMAN) “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ― Hippocrates NO WAY JOSÉ I put my foot down, crossed my arms, and shook my head. “No! No chemotherapy. No way. I refuse to abuse my body in that way. I will not go […]

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Living Foods Institute of Atlanta

February 22, 2014

The Living Foods Institute of Atlanta looks like a wonderful place  – I will put them on my wish list. “The Living Foods Institute in Atlanta, Georgia is a Healing and Educational Center devoted to helping people heal from any disease, no matter how serious. We have Programs to help slow and reverse aging, restore and optimize […]

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The Ravages of Chemotherapy

February 17, 2014

“Patients are typically rushed into treatment with no idea how destructive and ineffective it is. And how much suffering is involved. They are not told that the body can heal, only that they have to ‘battle and fight cancer’, a warfare narrative created to help people accept that they must endure brutal, conventional cut-poison-burn treatments. […]

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Before and After

February 15, 2014

So much change since September – all for the better! Now to change the outer me.  I came across this site – Dressing Your Truth and was totally inspired.  And then there was my cousin Katherine chewing me out for wearing my winter uniform to lunch at Mellow Mushroom… sort of a sweatshirt thing.  Well, […]

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MAGIC, CONTINUED…

February 14, 2014

I have noticed an interesting pattern with this blog… I do 2 or 3 posts in quick succession, and then nothing for a week or so.   Well, more magic is happening, so another post.  Another donation this morning on my gofundme page, always so very appreciated and needed, and a nice chunk of cash […]

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The Results…

February 5, 2014

… of my very first CA125 test, which shows what the ovarian cancer is doing in my body at the moment.  They called this morning to tell me.  Once  you get to 35, you begin to worry.  I was a 7.6.  SEVEN POINT SIX.  YAHOOO!!! Tell a friend…

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Appointment with my Oncologist This Morning

February 3, 2014

I saw my oncologist this morning as I promised and asked her the four questions Dr. BL wanted me to ask her,  and I asked her to write down the answers:  Do we know for sure what kind of cancer this was? (1) Cancer is IIIA endometrial ovarian cancer (Stages III and IV are “advanced” […]

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My first CA 125

February 1, 2014

A CA 125 is a test for ovarian cancer.  Google just told me that a CA 125 level greater than 65 is associated with malignancy.  I see my oncologist on Monday to get that test done and maybe she will take a bit of an internal look-see, I don’t know. I may have the results […]

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Patients Like Me

February 1, 2014

I have signed up on several cancer patient sites – The latest is patientslikeme.com.  I keep looking for other people healing cancer naturally.  No luck really, or sometimes one lone person among them all talking about diet.  And every time I go on those sites, I AM SO GRATEFUL that I feel so good.  And […]

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!SPLAT!

February 1, 2014

Thursday was the first day of my Livestrong at the Y program for folks with cancer. Well, it was actually the day my group got tested for upper and lower body strength, reach, how-long-we-can-stand-on-one-foot, and the testing started with how many laps we could walk in 6 minutes, checking our pulse at the beginning and […]

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I’m Having a Love Affair!!!

January 30, 2014

… with my body!  I had broccoli and spinach for breakfast.  After my morning  lemon water, of course. My little fridge is full of healthy stuff, and I am actually eating it rather than turning into a science experiment.  My integrative medicine doctor could poke his nose in for a pop inspection, and I would […]

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What I Really Want

January 25, 2014

“You know, people come to therapy really for blessing. Not so much to fix what’s broken, but to get what’s broken blessed.” ~ James Hillman Tell a friend…

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Nigella Sativa

January 22, 2014

“Black Cumin is the Most Important Oil You can Put in Your System!” Dr. Gary Null, Health Rights Advocate from heal-thyself: Nigella sativa is one the most revered medicinal seeds in history. The best seeds come from Egypt where they grow under almost perfect conditions in oases where they are watered until the seed pods […]

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Solar Cycle 24

January 7, 2014

They say the sun has flipped upside down while reversing magnetic poles.  Really.  This happened very recently, during Solar Cycle 24, and it is a Really Big Deal.  See NASA’s website. I figured something really big happened, because on Sunday I found myself with a scarf wrapped low on my hips, belly dancing!!  No, I […]

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Who am I writing this for?

January 3, 2014

I got the idea to do a blog while I was still in the hospital, longing for a laptop so I could get it ‘on paper’ while it was still fresh.  Friends were checking in so regularly I thought it would be a good way to keep everyone informed at once. When I realized I […]

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Full of Myself

January 2, 2014

I have been full of myself since cancer appeared on the scene.  I was so proud of the fact that I decided to heal naturally with nutrition, meditation, rebounding, etc. I was judgemental of folks who mindlessly chose the slash/burn/poison route.  I am still very very comfortable with my choice. For me, I so resonate […]

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Blown Back

January 1, 2014

I allowed myself to be blown away yesterday when my primary care doc (who I am pretty sure walks on water) suggested I at least consider ‘poisoning’ myself with chemotherapy. When I saw this quotation this morning on Facebook, I was blown back.  Tell a friend…

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On Being a Change Agent

December 22, 2013

I am not sure how many children say “I want to be a change agent when I grow up!”  I don’t know that I did, but now… I wanna. When a friend sometime in this last year posted a message on Facebook about supporting Breast Cancer, I fired back a message saying no way would […]

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A Goose to Grow

December 21, 2013

‘It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.’  C. […]

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Tiny Blessings

December 20, 2013

Yesterday I went to W–m–t (the store that shall not be named) and had such fun!  I bought myself all kinds of little stocking stuffers…  a spoon rest for the kitchen and hot dish mats (all lost in recent moves) and a lovely mug (I had given all mine away) and a clock (the only […]

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Maybe There’s Hope…

December 13, 2013

I have been taking selfies to see how I look.  Horrendous.  But today I saw myself in the mirror and I looked quite nice, actually.  Okay so the room was fairly dark and I was looking in a tiny mirror, but never-the-less… not bad.  We’ll see what continued healing brings.  Mind you I just took […]

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Conversation with My Body

December 12, 2013

Hi there Body! I have been meaning to thank you for serving me so well for 64 years now.  (Who, me?  64??) Anyway, I have been meaning also to apologize to you for not treating you with sufficient respect.  Sodas, fast foods.  But that is behind me now.  At least I never smoked, and I […]

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My unconquerable soul.

December 11, 2013

I don’t remember if I had to memorize this in high school or I chose to, but when President Obama quoted from it in his eulogy for Nelson Mandela, it brought this poem to mind. It so reminds me of where I find myself now. “Out of the night that covers me, Black as the […]

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Great Big Fat Happy Dance

December 9, 2013

I MANIFESTED A ***NEEDAK REBOUNDER***!!!!!!!  Well, my dear friend DR manifested it. It belonged to her dear friend LR, a woman beloved and admired by many,  so it is full of good energy.  As I said before, this thing has been calling me for more than three years.  I KNOW it will do me a […]

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Fighting the good (bad?) fight

December 7, 2013

I have always had a bone to pick with the word ‘fight’.  From my perspective, the moment we declare we are in a fight, it gives energy to whomever or whatever we are seeing as our opponent.  Of course they have to ramp up their energy if we are coming at them ready for a […]

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Decisions, decisions…

December 6, 2013

Someone the other day told me it must have been a hard decision to go only the natural route in healing my cancer.  Actually it was probably the easiest decision I have ever made!  I am astounded that anyone would choose the slash/burn/poison route for cancer.  Okay, I did the slash thing (surgery) but no […]

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“Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends”

December 3, 2013

In the middle of the night last night I found this email (okay, I know I should have been sleeping…) from Dr Mark Hyman (of  The Blood Sugar Solution) that spoke of “The Daniel Plan, a groundbreaking healthy lifestyle program started by Pastor Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church in Southern California that focuses on these five essentials: […]

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Loneliness

December 1, 2013

I knew loneliness was not healthy, but this is scary: Loneliness May Lead to Serious Illness, including Cancer The Lethality of Loneliness We now know how it can ravage our body and brain Loneliness May Be as Damaging as Addictions Why Loneliness Can Be Deadly Loneliness Kills, Study Shows Loneliness Kills—And Scientists Are Starting To […]

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THANK YOU!!

November 30, 2013

Thanks for the generous donations on my crowdfunding page!  Actually, some people have started mailing checks directly to me and that is fine too.  So much appreciated! Tell a friend…

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Crowdfunding

November 22, 2013

I have a huge pile of medical bills in a basket right next to my computer, staring at me.  And no insurance, and a tiny bank account.  It was suggested to me that I try crowd funding, where lots of people chip in,  big or tiny,  to support someone, something.  So, here is mine:  http://www.gofundme.com/5c4zrc  […]

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Going to My Own Funeral

November 12, 2013

Because I am not one whit afraid of dying, I don’t mind the vocabulary.  One day I am going to die. I will not “pass”, nor will I “pass away”; no one is  going to “lose” me, I will not expire.  I might “croak” a la Abraham. I really like the irreverence of “croak”.  If, […]

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47 Years Ago…

November 6, 2013

…I was the assistant editor of my high school literary magazine.  They asked me to write the dedication and here it is: The young people of my generation write of death, or unrequited love, of man’s in humanity to man.  It is well to acknowledge the ills of our world, but to play Don Quixote […]

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The Next Steps

November 6, 2013

I said sayonara to my oncologist on Tuesday – I won’t see her again until February.  She gave me another talk about chemo but again I declined.  I set up an appointment with BL for the last day of the year… sort of a roundup for 2013 and a prep for 2014.  Otherwise I am […]

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I have quit eating apples…

October 31, 2013

…because I DO NOT WANT to keep the doctor away!  My doctor (BL) is so insightful, on so many levels. Tuesday I had my first follow-up appointment with him following my cancer surgery. Two close friends (DR and JN who also are both healthcare power of attorney) came along.  JN was blown away by him, […]

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Oh Lordy – the dang mirror!

October 29, 2013

I just looked in the mirror – and was horrified!   I look absolutely awful.  Small children will shriek and cling to their mamas.  The extreme (and sudden) weight loss + leftover effects of anesthesia and other medicine + stress + exhaustion +, +, +.  I had been excited about being seen (for the weight […]

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I love my guts!

October 25, 2013

All pink and shiny and cancer-free so says yesterday’s MRI.  YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tell a friend…

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Waiting on the MRI

October 25, 2013

I am thinking of all the folks waiting on tests.  I had my MRI yesterday to find a second cancer – half an hour in a tube about two inches from my nose.  I just closed my eyes and couldn’t see how scary it was – or maybe just how claustrophobic. Now I am waiting […]

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To Live or Not to Live … That is the Question

October 21, 2013

I have procrastinated writing about my Friday appointment. After applying plenty of pressure to my oncologist, she said I have “months to years” to live. She said she really wanted to wait until after my CT scan to make a prediction. Turns out I could not take the CT scan (one blood measurement was too […]

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How many dogs?

October 17, 2013

How many dogs do I have time for? I measure the length of my life in dogs… Right now I have my dear 15 year old Anna. I moved to Asheville in 1997 with my beloved Cricket and added dear dear Charley and sweet Freya in 2002. Charley, Anna, and Freya Am I  going to […]

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Prognosis

October 16, 2013

Prognosis –  a glass half full, glass half empty sort of a word.  When teetering on the edge of fear, it can be chilling.  When filled with a mix of optimism and joy, it can be a springboard to a glowing future.  They want me to do another CT scan on Friday… to check out […]

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Drum Roll…

October 15, 2013

I have my first post surgery visit with my oncologist Friday morning.  Maybe my only visit, I don’t know, since I am not going to go the chemo/radiation route.  I know they will take all the staples out of my stomach. Tell a friend…

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Bragging Rights

October 15, 2013

I forgot to say – my main tumor was the proverbial football size… one of my poor ovaries was carrying that around for some time.  AND  they removed 3 and a half LITERS of fluid from my belly.  Can you imagine?! What a way to lose weight, huh?  They said they took out 8 pounds […]

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Oxytocin vs Oxycodone

October 14, 2013

Oxycodone is the pain numbing narcotic that folks get into trouble with.  Oxytocin is the stuff of bliss that comes from human touch. (See in praise of casual intimacy that I wrote more than a decade ago.) I can envision a whole new area of medicine that is just about smiling and touch.  My gynecological oncologist […]

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Longing for a Rebounder

October 13, 2013

Something has been telling me the past couple of years to get a rebounder (a mini-trampoline). Now that I am dancing with cancer, I see why.  I know that exercise is really important when healing from cancer and using a rebounder is about the best exercise around and NEEDAK is the best made, safest.  I am going to […]

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Death, Dying, and the Midnight Willies

October 12, 2013

I have never been afraid of death, but that dying stuff is another story. One night in the wee hours, I got to contemplating my actual death.  One of the wonderful CNAs was in my room checking my vitals and I asked her to be straight with me about dying and what actually happens for […]

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Beauty Deeper Than Skin

October 12, 2013

I have been surrounded by mind/body/spirit beautiful people, starting with those in Dr. BL’s office.  R & R at the front desk always emanate such kindness and warmth.  Beautiful faces and beautiful smiles.  LFD, my acupuncturist, too is mind/body/spirit beautiful and so skilled.  Dr. BL is so mind/body/spirit beautiful that I could not tell him about the boo-boo near my […]

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Tuesday the 24th

October 10, 2013

I have not really eaten a meal for a couple of months – maybe 1/2 sandwich a day, maybe a cup of ginger tea a day. That Tuesday (the 24th) I called my doctor’s office and said that I still had no appetite and my stomach was quite bloated.  I was told to get in […]

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Yesterday

October 10, 2013

Yesterday my friend JN picked me up at Mission Hospital after my week-long stay following surgery to remove all my “lady bits”: abdominal hysterectomy, oophorectomy (isn’t that a delightful word?), and a third label I can’t remember at the moment. On the way home, I was about a minus 17 on the life force index… […]

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