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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Hi Everyone, September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. As each September rolls around, I am reminded of the amazing people, and organizations, who advocate tirelessly each and every day of the year, raising funds, supporting research, and educating people about Ovarian Cancer. Ovarian Cancer 101, Dancing for a Cure, and Girlygirl P.A.R.T.S. are three local…

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Take The Risk

Hi Everyone,        One of the most challenging things for me has been getting past my fears of making a commitment to anyone about anything! I am by nature a person who has always liked to be involved, but my concerns about my Cancer preventing me from fulfilling a commitment, have gotten in the way.…

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When Kindness Counts

Hi Everyone,      Over the last few days I have been struggling with my Cancer, and my own mortality. I have been projecting into the future, thinking of all the “what ifs”. This is something I always have to work hard to control, as it is wasted worry and energy. Staying in the moment,…

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A Double-Edged Sword

  Hi Everyone, Cancer patients often deal with rigorous treatment schedules and doctors’ visits. Going for infusions, and having consults with your doctors is a necessary part of life. Along with those necessities comes the inevitable daily battle with side effects from various treatments, and from the Cancer itself. Oh, what a joy it would…

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It MUST Be My Cancer!!!

Hi Everyone, Recently I have been having difficulties with some low kidney blood counts, and, although the doctors have assured me it is not my cancer, I can’t help but thinking that it must be. I realize just how often I assume, in fact am positive, that whatever ailment I have must be coming from…

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Walking For Awareness

  Hi Everyone,      Yesterday my husband Ken and I had the good fortune to walk in the Hyannis Fourth of July Parade with Ovarian Cancer 101, and its amazing leaders, Diane and Bob Riche. We joined other dedicated friends to hand out symptom cards, and candy (of course!!!), to the spectators. It was our…

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Winning The Battle

  Hi Everyone, In the past month I lost a very good friend to Cancer. When receiving word of her death, the message said that Rita had lost her battle. I in turn shared this with our mutual friends. As I wrote people to let them know, I began to question the phrase “lost her…

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Mixed Emotions

Hi Everyone, I have been dealing with a spread of my cancer, and the myriad of tests that go with that. My last round of tests showed that one new area was stable, and one had shrunk. This is all good news. I should be elated, and try very hard to summon feelings of relief…

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A Most Special Day

Hi Everyone, Well, another Live Like Renee 5K has come and gone. As always, it was a most moving day. People bonded over a common endeavor, supporting each other, sharing a cause near and dear to everyone’s heart. People made new friends, laughed, and shared the hope we all have, as we continue to work…

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Can't Wait!

  Hi Everyone, September is a month of many treasured things – the arrival of fall, pumpkin everything, the return to dog walking on the beach, autumn recipes, and so much more. But nothing is more anticipated than the annual Live Like Renee 5k walk hosted by Ovarian Cancer 101, happening September 19th, 10:00, at…

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Simple Joys

Hi Everyone, With the loss of my brother, and cousin, and the news that I have some new cancer spots, I have been feeling dominated by cancer these last days, and realized that I need to practice what I preach about not letting cancer define me, about staying in the moment, about thinking of and…

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The Fallout

Hi Everyone, When I first started writing this blog, my intention was to share my own experience, while somehow giving hope, and maybe a bit of humor, as well as sharing anything I found that helped me, not only for ovarian cancer issues, but for the issues of cancer in general.  As I am going…

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What Cancer Cannot Do

Hi Everyone, I have been thinking lately about the struggle cancer patients have with not letting their cancer define them. I am particularly focused on this dilemma now, as I spend time and share love with my brother Bill, who is in the end stage of Glioblastoma. Throughout his illness, Bill has demonstrated bravery, positivity,…

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The Rant

Hi Everyone, In my recent blogs, I have tried to share the importance of not letting cancer define you. I truly believe in staying positive, in taking nothing for granted, in appreciating the little things, and on staying in the now. One of the things I have not talked about is anger. Though I believe…

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