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Making Soap & Winding Down

  Around this time last year I started making my own soap. I was looking for some relief for eczema breakouts, which I suspect were a result of the Lupron shots I get every three months. The soap didn’t resolve my skin problems--they improved on their own over...

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My Two-Week Affair with an Apple Watch

Last month, my husband gave me an Apple Watch for my birthday. He knows I love Apple anything and I would be delighted with their watch. However, I am a careful consumer even if I love the brand. I had actually been researching the watch since its release, and I was...

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A Good Cancer Patient

Part of being a good cancer patient involves following through with checkups and taking my medications regularly. I’ve spent the last four weeks doing just that, and for a moment I remembered what it was like to be in a doctor’s office at least weekly. Aside from the...

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Change of Scenery

Summer is in full swing, and I’ve been busy enjoying it with the family. Since the kids are out of school, we took some time to vacation in California. Mid-June, we set off on a mini road trip that began in Los Angeles and coursed up the Pacific Coast...

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Port For Chemotherapy Treatment: Should You Get One?

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I had to make a lot of quick decisions about unfamiliar things. One of these decisions was whether or not to get a port for chemotherapy treatment. Most of the women I’ve met on this journey opted for a port, but I didn’t. If...

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Claiming Your Most Difficult Experiences

Today, I'm sharing with you a TED Talk that I listened to a couple of months ago. I've revisited the video several times, and I still don't know what I think about it. In this talk, Debra Jarvis, a hospital chaplain, delivers what I consider a positive message for...

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Buying Bras After Breast Reconstruction

I was looking forward to never again wearing bras after breast reconstruction. This was possibly the only benefit of giving up my breasts to cancer. Then, about four weeks after replacing the tissue expanders with implants, my plastic surgeon broke it to me. I needed...

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How to Be an Organized Cancer Patient

When you receive a cancer diagnosis, the last thing on your mind is organization. I know because I've been there. But believe me, it pays to be an organized cancer patient. Having the administrative side of your medical care under control will put you in a better...

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Who Am I Now?

  Transitioning out of breast cancer treatment back to “life” has not been a straightforward process. It has been more of a meandering path where I am trying to figure out what to do with my life and, more importantly, who I have become. A year goes by quickly,...

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Thoughtful Gifts for Breast Cancer Patients

Do you know somebody who is undergoing breast cancer treatment and would like to give them a useful gift? I've compiled a list of thoughtful gifts for breast cancer patients that make great presents any time of the year. Your friend or loved one will appreciate any of...

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Ideas for Getting Through the Holidays

The holiday season can be a difficult time for cancer patients and their caregivers. It is especially challenging if you are undergoing treatment or receive a new diagnosis during this time. Even under normal circumstances, the holidays can get a little stressful. The...

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Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

  Chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy (I know, it's a mouthful!) is a lesser known but serious side effect of some chemo drugs. When I learned that I would need chemotherapy, I pictured hair loss and uncontrollable vomiting. These are the side effects that...

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I Celebrate That It Is Not This Time Last Year

Last month, I celebrated my one year cancerversary. That is, it’s been one year since I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I say celebrate, but did I in fact ‘celebrate?’ I didn’t throw a party. I didn’t go out for a special dinner. I didn’t even discuss this...

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Choosing Chemotherapy

Things happen so fast when you are diagnosed with cancer. At least they did for me. Since my tumor was HER 2 neu positive, it was growing quickly. According to the doctors, this is why I would need chemotherapy. They recommended that I start the treatment regimen...

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Need a Nipple? Get a 3D Printer.

  Okay, maybe it’s not that simple to get a real nipple, but let’s just say that a 3D printer could have saved Dr. Curt Connors from his reptilian fate. By now, I'm sure you've heard of 3D-printed guns that actually work and livable houses manufactured by 3D...

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Why This Wasn’t a Free Boob Job

  Over the past year, I’ve been collecting a list of things you shouldn’t say to a woman with breast cancer. One of them is: “At least you get a free boob job.” I know. Nobody is trying to be mean or hurtful by saying this. I get it, and I am not offended when I...

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About Me

Hi! I’m Judet. Happily married and mother of two awesome boys. I love Cuban coffee, strawberries, DIY anything, and working out. Not a fan of spicy foods, traffic, hot flashes, or hard-boiled eggs. This is where I blog about my cancer experience and share ideas for coping, finding personal strength and ditching fear for fun! Read more >>

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