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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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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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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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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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A Healthier New Year!
yoko katz January 4, 2018

A Healthier New Year!

A Healthier New Year 2018, to you! (日本語は英語の後にあります。)

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After Surgery, Back to Work! 術後、お仕事復活
yoko katz September 11, 2017

After Surgery, Back to Work! 術後、お仕事復活

After 2 weeks of the recovery time, I went back to work.  During these recovery days, I had basically no social life, no make-up and no hair-do.  Some friends pop-up to check up on me, and that cheered me up!  But otherwise, I was getting a low self-esteem over time.  So, dressing up brought back my good energy!  I really needed that effect from the styling.  

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symposium speaker (in Japanese) success!  乳がんシンポジウムの講師
yoko katz April 24, 2017

symposium speaker (in Japanese) success! 乳がんシンポジウムの講師

This past Saturday, April 23, 2017, I was one of three guest speakers at a breast cancer awareness conference held by a non-profit organization, Young Japanese Breast Cancer Network, at a residence of Japanese ambassador in New York.   Two other speakers were breast surgeons from New York and Japan, both Japanese, and I was a survivor speaker.  My title of the presentation was "my breast cancer treatments story: fashion helped me in my healing process." My story + turban wrapping demonstration in 15 minutes. 日本語表記は、英語表記の後にあり。

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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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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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15th Targeted Cancer Therapy 15回目分子標的癌治療 pose#61
yoko katz May 26, 2015

15th Targeted Cancer Therapy 15回目分子標的癌治療 pose#61

I came back from my 15th targeted cancer therapy.  I visited a new chemotherapy treatment building.  I normally go to NYC to do the treatment, but the hospital opened up the new building in my area recently.

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A breast cancer story 心に響いた話
yoko katz April 26, 2015

A breast cancer story 心に響いた話

This following is a copy of my facebook post. Heal in Heels shared Keith Kuder's post. 24 mins · Edited ·

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Teaching Tuesday 火曜日授業の日 Pose #569
yoko katz April 21, 2015

Teaching Tuesday 火曜日授業の日 Pose #569

Killer heels.  I love these heels, but I cannot walk too long with them.  If wearing some very casual piece on your clothing such as sweat pants, also wear something very feminine together.  This makes a look interesting and fashionable.

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13th Cancer Treatment Day 13回目乳癌治療の日 Pose #240
yoko katz April 13, 2015

13th Cancer Treatment Day 13回目乳癌治療の日 Pose #240

I believe this outfit delivered my message without a word to other cancer patients at my hospital today.

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