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!
Author - Yoko Katz
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.
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!!!
I was digging snow this past weekend and suddenly, I felt like “wow, it is really normal” about my breast, which had been mastectomy and reconstructed. I had no pain, and no pulling while shoveling the snow. I talked about the look of my breast in my last post. This time, I would like to talk about feel of the breast.
It was a long way to come, but I just made the last trip to my plastic surgeon’s office. I have known him for 1 year and 9 months. I did 2-step reconstruction with silicone implant. Here is the time line;