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By Catherine Guthrie on March 26, 2009
Since my breast cancer diagnosis, I’ve been lapping up Dana Jennings’ weekly essays in New York Times. An editor at the paper, Jennings is undergoing treatment for an aggressive form of prostate cancer, and his wry essays brim with the kind of dark humor and honesty I crave in an otherwise saccharin world of cancer […]
By Catherine Guthrie on March 24, 2009
For a few blessed hours this week, I nearly forgot about my cancer. After seven weeks of thinking/breathing/eating breast cancer, I got a reprieve and, oddly enough, I have Uncle Sam to thank. Since the day the C-bomb dropped (January 29th), I’ve been upset about the fact that the IRS really expects me to pay […]
By Catherine Guthrie on March 19, 2009
The bad news: the surgery hurt like hell (again). The good news: the surgeon’s office called late this afternoon with the latest pathology report. The tissue margins were clear (aka the surgeon did not slice into the tumor as feared), and the tumor was smaller than anticipated, less than 1 centimeter. Time for a margarita.
By Catherine Guthrie on March 16, 2009
Mary and I are up before the sun, preparing for another long drive to Indy. Pre-op arrival time is 10:30; surgery is at 12:30; they tell us we’ll be home in time for dinner. I am hopeful. For reasons too lengthy and complicated to explain at this early hour, I am headed back to the […]
By Catherine Guthrie on March 12, 2009
He missed the tumor. I’m headed back to surgery on Monday. I can’t believe this is happening. I was thrilled to get the drains out yesterday. Finally, I felt almost-human again. Reflexively, my hand went to where the tumor had been. Of my body’s typography, this is a location I know intimately. Which is why […]