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Something to Agree On.

Something to Agree On.

Posted on Saturday, August 25, 2012 in Awareness, About CancerDancer
As you know, CancerDancer calls Richmond, Va. home. As you also know this is a battleground state for the presidential election and a state that can elect either Democrats or Republicans depending upon the race, the date, the weather, etc. Accordingly, we are inundated with vitriolic ads and lively debate here in the Old Dominion.

CancerDancer is thankful that Governor Bob and First Lady Maureen McDonnell are opening the Governor’s Mansion to CancerDancer on September 10 to mark Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. I have tweeted the President and asked him to join us. Who knows, right? He lost his mother to ovarian cancer.

In doing so, it struck me  that this is an event that EVERYBODY can agree on. Cancer is not partisan, it does not lean left or right. It is tragic and we can all band together to support those that have it and seek a cure.

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Your support system might literally save your life.

Your support system might literally save your life.

Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2012 in Friends and Family
I have written many times about how fortunate I am to have so many friends and such strong family. I just never have had to worry about whether help would be there for me if I needed it. It just would be. No questions asked.

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It’s Okay to Run from the Room.

It’s Okay to Run from the Room.

Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 in Awareness, Esther's World

Last weekend, I had the pleasure and privilege to attend the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance annual conference in Washington D.C. I really enjoy meeting all the inspiring women there, seeing what other groups are doing and getting a real handle on the current scientific developments.

Moreover, there is a real sense of purpose that flows through the rooms awash in teal. I am energized and humbled, gratified and so, so thankful.

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Living with Living

Living with Living

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 in Esther's World, Friends and Family
Lately I have drifted into an old, familiar, comforting pattern. I am starting to live as if I am going to live.

For those of you that watch “The Big C” on Showtime, you will remember the episode last season where Laura Linney, battling stage IV cancer and her friend Hugh Dancy, dying of same, are approached by a mugger with a gun. Instead of responding with the somber and expected fear, both patients burst out laughing and tell the assailant that he picked the wrong victims. They turn, still giggling, and leave the robber dumbfounded.

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A little personal, a lot infuriating.

A little personal, a lot infuriating.

Posted on Tuesday, April 03, 2012 in Esther's World, Health News that You Can Use
This blog will sound more like an old entry on my personal blog, but since there is a great lesson involved, I am blogging here, on CancerDancer.  And this lesson will have to do with being an empowered patient — a big mouth, and accordingly, a winner.

Let me recap a little. As many of you know, I am involved in a PARP inhibitor drug trial at the National Institute of Health. I am thrilled to be involved in it because a) it might be keeping me alive, and b) it gives me a chance to contribute to research that might save lives. Accordingly, I am required to travel to Bethesda, MD every three weeks to have them check me out and give me the actual pills. Every other appointment includes an MRI and a CT scan as well. These are the days that cause me and my collective universe to hold our breaths as we wait for the docs to review the pictures and tell me, once again, that I am stable — fine.

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