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SHARE cancer support group website 米・乳がん卵巣がんサポートグループ ウェブサイト
yoko katz August 19, 2016

SHARE cancer support group website 米・乳がん卵巣がんサポートグループ ウェブサイト

I am so happy to see the photos from the photo shooting from 3 months ago came out great!  I am on SHARE breast and ovarian cancer support group organization's website and it's Fall 2016 brochure.  https://www.sharecancersupport.org/  Click and see, I am on the home page!

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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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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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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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Happy Halloween 2015 2015年のハロウィン
yoko katz November 1, 2015

Happy Halloween 2015 2015年のハロウィン

I remember the last year Halloween, I felt so sick that I did not even want to get up for bathroom.  It was two days after my 5th chemotherapy.  I had my nerve system started to be damaged, peripheral neuropathy, that I lost sensation with my finger tips and toes, and I could not walk uphill.  That was an scary experience.  This year, I was out in streets with my son, going along for trick-or-treating.  I could not help but to think, "I could not even walk this street last year."  I was happy to be able to do this again.

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Yes, my lost boob is finally back and complete! おっぱい再現 とうとう完了!
yoko katz October 25, 2015

Yes, my lost boob is finally back and complete! おっぱい再現 とうとう完了!

My very last procedure of breast reconstruction: tattooing areola is now completed the reconstruction on the past Friday.  I did mastectomy on my left breast on mid June 2014.  It became my routine to take a look at my left breast every time I became naked.  I almost ignore my original right boob.  I always look at my left breast for some moments, I mean, every day for the last 16 months.

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Family Celebration! 家族でお祝い
yoko katz August 2, 2015

Family Celebration! 家族でお祝い

My family took me out to celebrate my completion of 1-year-long breast cancer IV treatments: Herceptin and Perjeta treatments!

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My last injection treatment is over! 最後の点滴治療終了!
yoko katz July 28, 2015

My last injection treatment is over! 最後の点滴治療終了!

I long waited for this day to come: my last injection treatment for my breast cancer is all done today!  No more "chemo unit" visit every three weeks.  I did it! (I did the chemotherapy from August to November, 2014.  I had been on "targeted therapy" since then.  The targeted therapy, the side effects are very minor.  What I finish today is the targeted therapy.)

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US vs Japan World Cup Women's Soccer Final 日本vs米 ワールドカップ女子決勝戦
yoko katz July 5, 2015

US vs Japan World Cup Women's Soccer Final 日本vs米 ワールドカップ女子決勝戦

FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup the final match: US vs Japan.  My husband and son were on US side, but I was on Japan side to watch the game.  I did not expect any team would make 2 goals in the first 5 minutes at the final, but US did.  The team USA was very strong!

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Semi-Final US vs Germany Soccer in Montreal, Canada ワールドカップ女子 米VS独 観戦
yoko katz July 4, 2015

Semi-Final US vs Germany Soccer in Montreal, Canada ワールドカップ女子 米VS独 観戦

The past Tuesday, US won the semi-final Women's World Cup Soccer against Germany at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  We were there to support the team USA.

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