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I need some time. 時間がかかる。
Yoko Katz November 2, 2019

I need some time. 時間がかかる。

My bone biopsy itself went well. I had an appointment with my oncologist. (JP:日本語は英語の後に)…

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"The Same Day” 「同じ一日」
Yoko Katz October 20, 2019

"The Same Day” 「同じ一日」

Despite my hardship of passing days these days, my schedule is practically the same….

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Cancer stage changes overnight 一晩で変わる癌のステージ
Yoko Katz October 15, 2019

Cancer stage changes overnight 一晩で変わる癌のステージ

I had been silent for the last 2 weeks about my new lump/cancer diagnosis….

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Homepage in Japanese 日本語のページ案内
Yoko Katz October 6, 2019

Homepage in Japanese 日本語のページ案内

I am ready to promote this in Japanese now. A hompage is now available…

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A big cynical timing 最高に皮肉なタイミング
yoko katz September 26, 2019

A big cynical timing 最高に皮肉なタイミング

I am emotional, upset, unsure, panicky, and I cry here and there with my friends and colleagues, but I have been working on this big project for the last 5 years and it is almost ready, a very ironic timing ever. I have been wanting to help mastectomy post-operation patients with a special blouse, called Relaxip. I will be running a fundraising campaign in October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to lower the price of the product to serve more patients. Stay tuned! But how it came to this timing is so ironic and cynical. I cannot laugh about this how bizarre it is. 

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The result came out 検査結果が出ました
yoko katz September 20, 2019

The result came out 検査結果が出ました

[Update of the new lump] The doctor told me the result was cancer. I…

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Waiting for a result 検査結果待ち
yoko katz September 16, 2019

Waiting for a result 検査結果待ち

All I can do now is to wait for a biopsy result to come…

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My Story Hits on Amazon! アマゾンで発売!
yoko katz September 13, 2019

My Story Hits on Amazon! アマゾンで発売!

Many thanks to Marquina Iliev-Piselli! Her book, Tough: Who Survived Cancer is now on Amazon, and you can find my cancer story in it.

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Inconclusive 不確定
yoko katz September 9, 2019

Inconclusive 不確定

Update on my new lump of Fall 2019. The picture is my way back from…

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A new lump 新たにしこり発見
yoko katz September 7, 2019

A new lump 新たにしこり発見

It is any survivor's nightmare to find a new lump from a previously treated area, and it appeared on mine last Wednesday, August 28, 2019. My heart jumped and I stopped breathing. No, this cannot be real. Unfortunately, only my son was available as his school had not started yet and he was the only one I could talk to confirm it. I hesitated at first... But I needed someone to tell me if there was something. He said there was something. I called my doctor's office to get the first available appointment: in 10 days.

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Coping with Anxiety. 不安と向き合うには
yoko katz July 7, 2019

Coping with Anxiety. 不安と向き合うには

Check this out! For cancer patients, this TED Talk has great contents! The three things Dr. Olivia Remes says help coping anxiety, I found help cancer patients who face a great deal of anxiety. (Photo during my cancer treatments) (日本語は後に)Three things are: To feel that you have the control of your lifeForgive yourselfFind Purpose, feeling that you can contribute to someone

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Awareness of Survivorship 癌サバイバーたちの存在
yoko katz June 27, 2019

Awareness of Survivorship 癌サバイバーたちの存在

Coming Soon! It is good to know that there are many cancer survivors out there! (日本語は英語の後に) Recently, I joined a cancer survivorship book project that Marquina Iliev-Piselli has been working on. She had been collecting 40 women's cancer survivorship stories, and (guess what!?) my story made it to the very last addition to the stories.

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5-Year Mark on Breast Cancer! 祝・癌宣告から5年
yoko katz May 19, 2019

5-Year Mark on Breast Cancer! 祝・癌宣告から5年

Today, I marked 5-year since my breast cancer diagnosis! Amazing! (日本語は後に)

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SHARE program 乳癌卵巣がん患者さん向けの冊子
yoko katz February 12, 2019

SHARE program 乳癌卵巣がん患者さん向けの冊子

(In Japanese at the end.  日本語は英語の後にあります。) I am on the face of the SHARE ovarian and breast cancer support group's brochure for Winter (January - April program). I did not know how much it helped me to be able to talk to people who had been through breast cancer before me. I hope you will find a comfortable group to talk to. It is such a big relief to know that when I say a couple of words, there are people say "I know what you mean. YES, I have been there."

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Year 2019's Resolution 今年の目標
yoko katz January 5, 2019

Year 2019's Resolution 今年の目標

A happy healthy new year to you. (Japanese at the end: 日本語は英語の後)

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Cancer, Hats, and "To Live"  癌と帽子と「生きる」
yoko katz October 17, 2018

Cancer, Hats, and "To Live" 癌と帽子と「生きる」

I am really excited that my hats are on a musical stage, "Ikiru" in Tokyo, Japan since October 8, 2018, until October 28.  This made-in-Japan musical is called "To Live," (or "Ikiru," in Japanese) and it is based on the Akira Kurosawa's same title movie from 1952.  It really means a lot to me to be a part of that movie story.

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