Sun-n-Fun 2015 Air Show Recap

My first really big air show and it’s in my home state of Florida.  I started thinking about it last year when my brother-in-law mentioned that it was right in his back yard.  After being grounded and trying to find a way to stay connected to flying, planes and people …

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Time to Visit the Aviation Medical Examiner

My wonderful oncologist, true to his word, got me in to the Senior Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) to work with me on getting back to flying.  I was so excited to have this appointment scheduled; I couldn’t wait to go.  It’s probably the first time that I’ve ever been anxious …

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Finding Normal Again

I don’t think you wake up one morning and say I think I’m going to be brave today.  I don’t think courage is something you consciously decide to do.  I think courage comes from within and unexpectedly, in moments when you decide not to give up regardless of how you’re …

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Mending a Broken Wing

I can say with some certainty that I understand how a broken winged bird must feel.  Once you’ve tasted flight, felt the wind in your wings, looked down on Earth from a clouds view, how could you live a life grounded for the rest of your days?

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The Most Important Day Ever: No Chemo

There is an anxiousness in the air and my nerves are on edge.  I’ve been waiting for this day for weeks now.  This is the day I see my oncologist to find out if the pathology results show that I need chemotherapy or not.

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Good News – No Radiation Therapy Needed

I had my follow up appointment with the Radiation Therapy physician to find out if he thought I would need to go through the radiation therapy treatments after reviewing my pathology report from surgery. 

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Waves of Sadness

A sadness falls over me today in waves that I can’t explain.  I’m surrounded by the beauty of the beach and yet my heart aches like it feels death.  A longing perhaps, for another time, another place.

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My First Chest Expansion

I woke with a migraine.  I’ve been getting them ever since I had surgery and they’ve been really intense.  I believe it might be because of the medications I’ve been on and my body getting them out of my system.

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The Importance of Tomosynthesis for Patients with Dense Breast Tissue

Please note these are my opinions and I’m not a physician.  My opinion comes from my experience and circumstances only. Many people have asked me about the discovery of my breast cancer.  Did I feel it?  Was it on an annual mammogram or a doctor’s visit? For me, my breasts …

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