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Marking the 3rd anniversary of breast cancer diagnosis 乳がん宣告3年目
yoko katz May 20, 2017

Marking the 3rd anniversary of breast cancer diagnosis 乳がん宣告3年目

Three years ago, today, I received a phone call from a radiologist.  My husband also pictures exactly where and what position he heard the terrible news when I picked up the phone that day.  I still believe that was not done right that I was told "all three were cancer," and I was not informed of the stage of my cancer.  How scared I was, you cannot imagine.  The internet information only terrified me, telling me in statistics of "5 year survival rate."  When I was completely, I thought, healthy 36 years old.  My son was only 8 years old, quickly my wild and worse imagination occupied me and confined me in a darkness.  It was hard to breath, I cried for days and months. 日本語は英文の後にあり。 [caption id="attachment_2293" align="alignnone" width="1024"] A beret hat by Hats by Yoko Katz, yes, my design![/caption]

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My Weight Again after Chemo 抗がん剤後の体重増加の私
yoko katz December 8, 2016

My Weight Again after Chemo 抗がん剤後の体重増加の私

I somehow gained weight about 15 lb more than the most stable weight for many years before cancer.  Recently, I had an opportunity to talk to other survivors of my age.  All three of us discovered that each individual gained about 15 lb.  We are all about 2 years after our last chemo.

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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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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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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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Day 16: Visiting a Support Group -SHARE
yoko katz September 12, 2014

Day 16: Visiting a Support Group -SHARE

My first time, I visited a breast and ovarian cancer support group.  The organization, SHARE, is a New York City based breast and ovarian cancer support group, but open to nationwide.    It offers hotline help, educational programs and topic based support group meetings. The picture is with Aiko, who runs the Japanese SHARE organization.  (日本語は 英語の後に記述。)   (click for the link) TOLL FREE HELPLINE 844-ASK-SHARE Breast, Ovarian, Latina, Caregiver

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