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AnneMarie Ciccarella
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COMMUNICATING WITH A CHEMOBRAIN
As some of you may have read in my prior post, I'm undergoing a rather massive life change. This, however, is not about that. At least not directly. Actually, I believe it goes right back to the beginning. To the reason I launched this blog. To talk about t...

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MY GIFT FROM THE SEA
I have so many irons in the fire I'm not sure writing a blog post is the best use of my time but it's important for me to do this. Today. Now. In this very moment. When one chooses to launch a blog that is so personal in its nature, it can be challenging. N...

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CHOICES AND DECISION MAKING
Translational research is, in very broad and simple terms, the ability to take science from the lab and make it useful to us, the patient. This can take years. And years... Cancer Moonshot, which is safely transitioning beyond the current administration, ho...

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MONA LISA, THE TOUCH AND THE SMILE
It was a little over a year ago. I was at a small seminar. The room was arranged with the tables in a rectangular layout. At the far end, a screen for any power point slides. Around the other three sides, a group of about 20 women. I think, if memory serves...

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FIFTY YEARS AGO.
Another Rerun for Lung Cancer Awareness Month. My first brush with death, fitting that I close out LCAM with this post about my beloved grandfather. This is really an expression of love: of family, of friends and of all of those whose lives have somehow int...

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DANNY, YES, I MISS YOU STILL
My memories as I posted them shortly after Danny's death in 2014. Every life has a story and this life is no different. Danny is someone who was very dear to me.  His ashes, as I understand it, have been spread over the graves of his mom and dad.  That was ...

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HEATHER VON ST JAMES: TEN YEARS POST DIAGNOSIS OF MESOTHELIOMA
RERUN for LCAM16 Eleven months ago, I received an email.  It was from a husband, a daddy and suddenly a caregiver to his wife.  Cameron Von St James reached out to me and I hoped to share his story, Heather's story on this blog. We first connected right bef...

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THIS WAS TOO YOUNG
Alexandria: Stolen August 2012. Posted originally in 2013 I don't keep up on awareness months.  Personally, I'd prefer a more unified approach to the many diseases that are under the cancer umbrella.  After seeing all of the attention in October and the fac...

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY GRANDMOTHER
RERUN from a prior post. Today is my nana's birthday.  More accurately, it would have been her birthday.  She died in March of 2006.  It was just weeks before I stepped into biopsy hell.  I am glad she wasn't here for that. She had a very colorful way of sa...

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NO BETTER DAY THAN TODAY TO TALK ABOUT PTSD
Today I realize, cancer causes plenty of issues well beyond the fallout of the treatment side effects. I have come to learn that PTSD is definitely one of them. Today, I would like to pause to remember all of those who have served to protect our freedom and...
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