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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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My period is BAAAACK!  生理が戻ってきた(涙) Pose#480
yoko katz June 22, 2015

My period is BAAAACK! 生理が戻ってきた(涙) Pose#480

I am super excited to have my period back yesterday after the breast cancer treatments.   I was told that chemotherapy could damage my totally healthy ovaries and could strip away my period FOREVER (at the age 36).  I welcome back my period with joy today!

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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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Many 1st Anniversaries to Follow 多くの一年記念日が続く頃 Pose #449
yoko katz April 29, 2015

Many 1st Anniversaries to Follow 多くの一年記念日が続く頃 Pose #449

From today on, many 1 year anniversaries are coming up for me.  Exactly a year ago was the day I visited my family doctor requesting a mammography prescription for "just a check up."  WOW, so many, I mean, so many things happened to me for this 1 year.  Thank you so much for all of your supports to me from near to far.  Knowing that I am not alone gave me the strength to be here standing strong today.   Thank you!

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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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Teaching Tuesday 火曜日授業の日
yoko katz April 7, 2015

Teaching Tuesday 火曜日授業の日

I was successfully carrying an appropriate attitude to go with this outfit and short hair that I probably did not choose to do with long hair; feeling strong, bold and confident.  The outfit, hair style, and the attitude, all well coordinated today.  I would call my hair as a STYLE, rather than being forced to be the short hair due to the chemotherapy.  (Yes, to be honest, I still often look at myself in shopping windows with my short hair, I can come across mixed feeling about it.)  Finally, I started to feel that I did this style with my choice.

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The Fault in Our Starts (Book) さよならを待つ二人のために
yoko katz March 7, 2015

The Fault in Our Starts (Book) さよならを待つ二人のために

So many phrases I marked in this book, The Fault in Our Starts by John Green (2012).  A fiction novel about a 16 years old girl, Hazel Grace, with thyroid cancer but now spread to her lungs. (The inspiration of this book came from the author's friend Esther Grace Earl.)

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10th Targeted Therapy Day 10回目分子標的治療の日
yoko katz February 9, 2015

10th Targeted Therapy Day 10回目分子標的治療の日

All went well my 10th targeted therapy (for HER2 treatments of Herceptin and Parjeta) today.  Since yesterday, I was drinking a lot of liquid to prepare for a smooth IV insertion.  It went very smooth.  I learned from the 6 times chemotherapy, a nurse needed to find a new vein each time to give extra break to the previously used vein.  Because of the strong chemistry in the medicines, it can burn out the veins.  I can only use my right arm, that added extra limitation.  From my left arm, some lymph nodes have been removed and I cannot use that side for vital nor treatments.

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Day31: Casually Dress Well to See Doctors
yoko katz December 19, 2014

Day31: Casually Dress Well to See Doctors

31 days after chemotherapy. Especially since I discovered my breast cancer, I put more effort to dress well to see doctors.  It may sound odd to some of you, but it is very important.  I had a doctor's appointment today and the picture is how I went to see my doctor.

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Day29: Mindfulness -Body Mind Balance- マインドフルネス
yoko katz December 17, 2014

Day29: Mindfulness -Body Mind Balance- マインドフルネス

29 days after my last chemotherapy.  It is probably natural that I face intrusive thoughts today, after going through 4-5 months of tough chemotherapy.  "Mindfulness" is one of the best approaches so far to deal with my emotion.   (The picture was one of the stretches Kaori told me how, it helped blood circulation on my legs.)

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[Action Requested!] Pink Pony Promise by Ralph Lauren アクションのお願い。
yoko katz October 26, 2014

[Action Requested!] Pink Pony Promise by Ralph Lauren アクションのお願い。

Your action needed by all of you by Friday, October 31! Your simple promise will raise $10 each for breast cancer researches.

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National Mammography Day (乳房X線検査の日)
yoko katz October 17, 2014

National Mammography Day (乳房X線検査の日)

Today is National Mammography Day!  Check your to-do list now and make an appointment for your annual check up. (or ask your wife or girlfriend to do it)   About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2014, an estimated 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. (data source from BreastCancer.org) Mammograms can save your life.  It reduces your risk of dying from the disease by 25-30% or more! Don't be afraid.  It is fast procedure (20 minutes). Get the best quality you can.  If you have dense breast or are under age 50, try to get a digital mammogram. Mammography is our most powerful breast cancer detection. An unusual result does not always mean you have breast cancer. (I could not find the online version of the advertising I found on my local paper, I typed up some of the highlight!) Where can you get a mammography? National Cancer Institute (1-800-4-CANCER) American Cancer Society (1-800-ACS-2345)   I never had my mammography until the time I discovered my cancer.  I was 36 years old.  I felt a lump on my breast and checked myself in for the very first mammography, "just to be safe."  It was unfortunate that I had cancer, but I am glad I did it then because it was caught early.  It can be scary, but with today's research and treatments, it is truly worth catching it early. 

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