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My Short Bucket List 私の短い「死ぬまでにしておく事柄リスト」
yoko katz July 25, 2016

My Short Bucket List 私の短い「死ぬまでにしておく事柄リスト」

I have a very short bucket list.  One of them marked off: "A Trip to Italy!" [caption id="attachment_2182" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Tuscany's Sunflower Field. トスカーナ地方のひまわり畑[/caption]

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After Chemo, Tamoxifen and Periods  抗がん剤治療後の タモキシフェン口径薬と生理
yoko katz July 12, 2016

After Chemo, Tamoxifen and Periods  抗がん剤治療後の タモキシフェン口径薬と生理

My periods have changed to horribly heavy periods after chemotherapy and being on Tamoxifen medication for breast cancer.  

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Happy 4th! 米独立記念日
yoko katz July 4, 2016

Happy 4th! 米独立記念日

“Happy 4th of July,” everyone! I am doing generally very well and enjoying the…

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Breast Cancer Oncologist Appointment: Nothing! 乳がん腫瘍内科定期健診:何もなし
yoko katz June 10, 2016

Breast Cancer Oncologist Appointment: Nothing! 乳がん腫瘍内科定期健診:何もなし

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!

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PhD Graduation (with My Handmade Gown)! 博士課程 卒業式
yoko katz June 4, 2016

PhD Graduation (with My Handmade Gown)! 博士課程 卒業式

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!

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2nd Year Anniversary of Breast Cancer Diagnosis 乳がん告知から2年目
yoko katz May 19, 2016

2nd Year Anniversary of Breast Cancer Diagnosis 乳がん告知から2年目

I marked the 2nd year anniversary of the cancer diagnosis on May 19.  Today, 2 years ago, it changed me so much.

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Attending a Wedding in Japan 日本で結婚式に出席
yoko katz May 18, 2016

Attending a Wedding in Japan 日本で結婚式に出席

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.

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Support Group SHARE Photo-shooting! 乳癌サポートグループSHAREの写真撮影
yoko katz May 12, 2016

Support Group SHARE Photo-shooting! 乳癌サポートグループSHAREの写真撮影

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!

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No more fussy hair after chemo, finally やっと抗がん剤後のボワボワ髪が無くなる
yoko katz May 11, 2016

No more fussy hair after chemo, finally やっと抗がん剤後のボワボワ髪が無くなる

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.)

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After the breast cancer symposium 乳がんシンポジウム無事終了
yoko katz April 24, 2016

After the breast cancer symposium 乳がんシンポジウム無事終了

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.

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Breast Cancer Discussion Event (in Japanese) 乳癌シンポジウムに登場(ニューヨーク)
yoko katz April 21, 2016

Breast Cancer Discussion Event (in Japanese) 乳癌シンポジウムに登場(ニューヨーク)

I will be speaking as a panelist at a breast cancer symposium this Saturday,…

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Together, we are strong. 共に戦うから強くあれる
yoko katz March 15, 2016

Together, we are strong. 共に戦うから強くあれる

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!!!

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Feel Like "Normal" Breast ごくごく普通だと感じる再建後の胸
yoko katz February 18, 2016

Feel Like "Normal" Breast ごくごく普通だと感じる再建後の胸

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.

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Completed Breast Reconstruction 再建が終わった乳
yoko katz February 11, 2016

Completed Breast Reconstruction 再建が終わった乳

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;

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Spring 2016 Semester Started 新学期の始まり
yoko katz January 29, 2016

Spring 2016 Semester Started 新学期の始まり

A new semester has started this week.  I have full of energy to kick off this semester. (Wednesday was my first day of classes.)

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Dissertation Defense: Pass! 博士論文口頭試験 合格!
yoko katz December 23, 2015

Dissertation Defense: Pass! 博士論文口頭試験 合格!

I passed my dissertation defense in PhD Economics last week!  My husband and son celebrated my achievement with a cake and Champagne on the same day.  It was a long, and sometimes rough, journey to come to this day.  I still have to make some minor revisions, but the major parts are all done!  A big relief! (Yes, this is THE big project I have been referring as a big project in this blog.) In the picture above, I took off my hat while defending it.  I tried to look moderately stylish, but hopefully looked smart to defend a serious paper.  How do you rate?

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