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yoko katz December 1, 2014

Day11: Teaching Monday

11 Days after the 6th and the last chemotherapy.  Today was the last day of my lectures, only final exams are the left undone for the semester.

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Day19: Teaching Monday/Dr. Appointment
yoko katz November 17, 2014

Day19: Teaching Monday/Dr. Appointment

Day 19 after my 5th chemotherapy.  I always learn something when I visit doctor's office.

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Day12: Teaching Monday, Age-Unknown
yoko katz November 10, 2014

Day12: Teaching Monday, Age-Unknown

Day 12 after my 5th chemotherapy.  It was a fun day today.  I got many comments on my fashion.

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Day19: Teaching Monday
yoko katz October 28, 2014

Day19: Teaching Monday

I had a doctor's appointment in the morning.  Everything seems good and I am making a progress as scheduled.

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Day12: Teaching Monday
yoko katz October 20, 2014

Day12: Teaching Monday

A lot of burping!  (excuse me for this topic, but it has been so constant and bothers me seriously.)

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Day6: after 4th chemo. Teaching Tuesday
yoko katz October 14, 2014

Day6: after 4th chemo. Teaching Tuesday

My teaching went OK given my low energy.

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Day5:After 4th Chemo. Teaching Monday
yoko katz October 13, 2014

Day5:After 4th Chemo. Teaching Monday

Thanks to my husband for driving me to my teaching.  It made my day a little easier than that of 3 weeks ago after my 3rd chemo. 

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Day20: Teaching Tuesday
yoko katz October 7, 2014

Day20: Teaching Tuesday

I gave a midterm to my Tuesday class today.  One student stayed after the class to talk to me.  She disclosed to me that she had gone through chemo treatments for two years when she was younger.  She shared me some of activities or things that she tried.  One thing was clear to me that I should be open to anything to try.  I am thankful that she shared her experience with me.  I am not the only one.  She is brave, thoughtful and bright lady now.  Thank you.

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Day19: Teaching Monday with Full Energy
yoko katz October 6, 2014

Day19: Teaching Monday with Full Energy

I am sure I had a great energy for teaching today.  Our discussions were interesting and I could tell that we had a good lecture today.  I say it is "we," even if I am the one who is "lecturing."   When a lass has great interaction between me and my students, it creates a higher level of discussions and understanding of the material.  I am a leader/navigator in the class.  A great day.

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Day 13: Teaching Tuesday  
yoko katz September 30, 2014

Day 13: Teaching Tuesday  

Just for fun, today's styling is a theme of Japan, I really wanted to make a styling with my new Tabi-boots.  The Japanese kimono overcoat, I believe it used to belong to my grandmother.

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Day12: Nigerian Gele Headwrap
yoko katz September 29, 2014

Day12: Nigerian Gele Headwrap

This is my newest area of fashion styling: with Nigerian Gele. I did not think of this until I became the breast cancer.  I have never been to a part of Africa where women wear Gele.

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Day 6: After 3rd Chemotherapy
yoko katz September 23, 2014

Day 6: After 3rd Chemotherapy

My Tuesday teaching style.  I could not wear anything tight.  I was better than yesterday, but I still feel nauseous even with medications.

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Day 5: After 3rd Chemotherapy
yoko katz September 22, 2014

Day 5: After 3rd Chemotherapy

Today's Style: Just relax.  Fashion came last... WOW, I never thought that day would came. It was so tempting that I wanted to cancel my teaching class today.  Very strong nauseous.  No appetite means I have not been eaten well for the last days.  Fatigue.  My husband, who is usually a very  decline guy, suggested me to stay, so my parents were worried ans asked if I can ever have that as an option.  I thought about it, but I had a doctor's appointment in the city anyway.  When I can, I should be teaching as much as I can, period.

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Day 19: Dr. Visit and Teaching
yoko katz September 15, 2014

Day 19: Dr. Visit and Teaching

Oncologist's appointment was in the morning and everything seems to be good.  98.6F temperature for my vital check-up.  In US, it is considered normal, but not in Japan.  Anyway, I was considered normal.

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Day 13: Teaching Day
yoko katz September 9, 2014

Day 13: Teaching Day

Another teaching day today.  Today, I look back, I was OK, not great.  Oh Well... My face was a bit puffy in the morning.  Maybe because I could not sleep well for the last two days.

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Day 19: Vegetarian Restaurant GOBO in NYC
yoko katz August 26, 2014

Day 19: Vegetarian Restaurant GOBO in NYC

2nd day of teaching for my the other Fashion Economics course today.  I teach the same subject Mondays and Tuesdays, 2 sections with two different groups of students.  (Japanese Translation is later 日本語は英語の後に記述あり。) I don't know how other professors are, but when I go to a class room on day 1, I get anxious to find out how I do with a new group of students.  Each group can be really different.  I started to notice my heart beat goes faster than usual.  That made me wonder, if I was doing OK.  (and I was OK.) One of a side effects of my chemo treatment that is explained to me was I might have some heart problems.  I did not ask exactly what or how it was.  Because there were so many side effects that I did not have a capacity to comprehend all details of how each side effects potentially do to me exactly.  Just understanding the list of possible side effects.  A baseline of my heart condition test has done before my first chemotherapy.  I will do the test regular to make sure I don't develop anything serious. Knowing that I may have a heart problem, faster heart beating makes me worried if I am doing OK.  This time, I knew the reason of my fast beat and I was hoping that it was a separate incident from the side effects.  It happens many times especially on the first day of teaching.  Nothing serious happened, no worries. A visit to a vegetarian restaurant; GOBO in NYC  (http://www.goborestaurant.com/west/index.htm) After the teaching, I got together with a good friend of mine.  She introduced me to this vegetarian restaurant.  She knew I wanted to catch up with vitamins and minerals with vegetables and fruits.  A vegetarian restaurant!? sure why not.  I have never be interested in going to a vegetarian restaurant myself.  But if is for the first time, during chemotherapy sessions will be an ideal time to dine.  WOW, it opened my eyes!  What a great surprise I had.  "If that is for everyday, I can become a vegetarian!" Clean, sleek, modern, but warm and cozy inertia decorations.  Presentations of meals look very attractive.  AND of cause, the taste and WOW, the texture of vegetables, bravo.  The menu had mixture of Asian and Italian.  Gobo, the name of the restaurant, comes from a root vegetable called gobo in Japanese, but the food was not Japanese. Soy bean paste pate's texture was just like chicken nuggets.  King Oyster Mushroom had light cuts on surface and it's texture was just like squid.  Seitan -wheat gulten, seemingly a good source of protein- was like a piece of beef.  So interesting!  I was really content of what we had.  She told me that there are other restaurants like this in the city.  Interesting.  No reason to avoid vegetarian restaurants any more, I am sure some of them are so satisfying for non-vegetarians, too. Vietnamese spring roll: Home pressed ginger ail with pomogranate Soybean with brown rice King Oyster Mushroom with vegitables Seitan, Kale and coconuts rice Passion fruit creme brulee and chocolate cake

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