“Happy 4th of July,” everyone!
I am doing generally very well and enjoying the 4th of July with my family with BBQ and the fireworks!
米国独立記念日、今年でアメリカ建国240年。 家族や友達と集まって、BBQをして 夜に花火大会を見るのが恒例。アメリカでの打ち上げ花火は、独立記念日以外にあまり見る機会がない。でも、日本から来てしまうと、花火の距離が遠い気がする。そして、小さい地元の街の花火大会は、15分でおしまいで、ちょっとあっけない。家族でBBQをして、アメリカンなステーキを焼き、トウモロコシにかぶりつき、アメリカ240年、おかげ様で楽しく過ごせました！
No news is the best news when meeting with my oncologist for semi-annual check-up of my breast cancer. This was my 2nd check-up after completing IV (Herceptin) injection treatment in July 2015. I was thinking “please don’t tell me anything” and crossing my fingers when my doctor hand-examined my breasts. I hope to keep “nothing” news in my future. This time, it was nothing, yay! Read More
I had a PhD graduation ceremony! I am even more officially, well… I had been since February… but, Dr. Yoko! I started the PhD program in 2001, that is 15 years of my work. I am so proud to be able to come this far. Thank you so much for supporting me, my family, friends, colleagues, my blog readers, and my professors. Along the way, I started to teach Economics at US colleges since 2004, got married, had a baby, had been raising my son in bilingual, got breast cancer, completed chemotherapy, finished reconstruction, completed my dissertation and the graduation ceremony was the closing of the PhD program!
I marked the 2nd year anniversary of the cancer diagnosis on May 19. Today, 2 years ago, it changed me so much.
I have attended a wedding in Japan about 2 weeks ago. My friends from high school were there and some of them, I had not seen them for 20 years. Many of them didn’t know about my cancer.
I joined a photo session at SHARE -support for breast and ovarian cancer- yesterday. I only had one hour to be there and I had fun of getting some photo shooting done with other survivors and SHARE stuff members. These photos will be used for their publications. Look out!
Since my last chemotherapy about 18 months ago, I kept cutting my hair because it came out so unevenly strong wavy. I used to have straight hair in natural, but it came out very very wavy. Finally, it looks like much more of the hair I used to have today! (This picture is just before cutting for the final time to say good-bye to my wavy hair.)
Yesterday’s breast cancer event went successful! I was one of panelists at the event and shared a part of my stories. Some issues that young cancer patients may face such as career, raising kids and future pregnancy issues during treatments were discussed. It was a meaningful event to me. I hope to encourage people goes through cancer treatments.
I will be speaking as a panelist at a breast cancer symposium this Saturday, April 23 from 1-4pm in New York. This event is only in Japanese. I am excited about this opportunity!
ニューヨークで行われる、乳がんシンポジウムに パネリストとして登場します。２０１６年４月２３日土曜日午後１時から４時まで。 日本クラブニューヨークにて。フライヤーのリンク。 今治療中、過去に治療した方、ひょっとしてと自分も？と不安に思っている方、少しでも力になれるといいです。ブログ見ている方で 会場にいらっしゃるようであれば、ぜひ声をかけてくださいね。
非営利団体のBCネットワーク 乳がん情報発信をしている団体のシンポジウムです。定期的に アメリカと日本で講演会をしています。
A dinner with two of my friends was a great time. Especially, when I did not have to worry about cancer nor dissertation! I am a super happy person!!!