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Normal Nails Again (21 Months after Breast Cancer Chemo) 爪がやっと元に戻ってくる(抗がん剤終了から21か月)
yoko katz September 7, 2016

Normal Nails Again (21 Months after Breast Cancer Chemo) 爪がやっと元に戻ってくる(抗がん剤終了から21か月)

After 1 year and 9 months from my last breast cancer chemotherapy treatments (ended in November 2014), I finally feel that my nails gained again the strength I used to had.  Up to this summer, my nails had been chipping, cracking, and coming into multiple separated layers all the time.  I could not grow them at all.  But now I can!

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My Short Bucket List 私の短い「死ぬまでにしておく事柄リスト」
yoko katz July 25, 2016

My Short Bucket List 私の短い「死ぬまでにしておく事柄リスト」

I have a very short bucket list.  One of them marked off: "A Trip to Italy!" [caption id="attachment_2182" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Tuscany's Sunflower Field. トスカーナ地方のひまわり畑[/caption]

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Dissertation Defense: Pass! 博士論文口頭試験 合格!
yoko katz December 23, 2015

Dissertation Defense: Pass! 博士論文口頭試験 合格!

I passed my dissertation defense in PhD Economics last week!  My husband and son celebrated my achievement with a cake and Champagne on the same day.  It was a long, and sometimes rough, journey to come to this day.  I still have to make some minor revisions, but the major parts are all done!  A big relief! (Yes, this is THE big project I have been referring as a big project in this blog.) In the picture above, I took off my hat while defending it.  I tried to look moderately stylish, but hopefully looked smart to defend a serious paper.  How do you rate?

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YES, finally! I fulfilled my appetite! やっと食欲が満ち渡る!
yoko katz May 28, 2015

YES, finally! I fulfilled my appetite! やっと食欲が満ち渡る!

It has been 6 months since my last chemotherapy.  I have been craving food like crazy since then.  Constantly fulfilling my appetite as much as I could.  I am ... finally content.

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Vitamin and Mineral Rich toward a Surgery 手術に向けた食生活改善
yoko katz January 6, 2015

Vitamin and Mineral Rich toward a Surgery 手術に向けた食生活改善

Exactly a week from now, my reconstruction surgery is waiting for me.  I don't want to do it, but I will have a little bit more "proper" boobs.  I should be looking forward to it.  Yes, I trust in my plastic surgeon!  But a little bit scared, too.

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Attending a Sweet 16 Birthday Party
yoko katz December 27, 2014

Attending a Sweet 16 Birthday Party

My husband and I attended a sweet 16 birthday party in this holiday season.  It was a formal black-tie dress code affair in theme of white and black.  It was my very first time attending a sweet 16 birthday party.  The birthday girl came out in a beautiful long red dress.

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Day8: A Happy Thanksgiving
yoko katz November 27, 2014

Day8: A Happy Thanksgiving

Day 8 after my 6th and the last chemotherapy.  We had a happy Thanksgiving.

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yoko katz November 14, 2014

Day16: Panic Attack

Day 16 after my 5th chemotherapy.  I had a panic attack.

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Day11:Soccer Mom!
yoko katz October 19, 2014

Day11:Soccer Mom!

It was a breezy cold day, but a perfect sunny day for soccer!  Other than my teaching loads, it was my first time going out from home since my last chemotherapy.  It has been 11 days since then.  I put make-up, wig and a knit cap, and there I am a soccer mom.

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Day10: "Food Looks Gray"
yoko katz October 18, 2014

Day10: "Food Looks Gray"

"Food Looks Gray" This week, a typhoon has hit Japan and my parents who are helping me here were worried about their home in Japan.  When my parents made a phone call to my aunt in Japan, I had a chance to talk to her as she was concerned about my progress.

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NBC Today Show Link
yoko katz October 14, 2014

NBC Today Show Link

The TV recording went on air today!  I was so excited to see myself on a part of Today Show, NBC!  Hurray for what!? 3 seconds!  let me remind you, the recording took place an hour after I was done with my 4 hours chemotherapy last Wednesday.   Those who missed: here is the LINK to the segment!

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yoko katz October 12, 2014

Day 4: after 4th chemo. Visitors

I had my friends visited me for a short time.  I had not seen them for awhile but once they learned of my situation, they came to visit me.  I warned them that I might not be up for talking much, but I welcomed if they just wanted to see me.  It was nice for them to stop by.  After lying down in bed for the past days, I was bored of watching movies.  Especially, having two friends visiting at once, I did not have to do the talking all the time and it was a nice change. 

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Day 10: Eating Out with Family
yoko katz September 27, 2014

Day 10: Eating Out with Family

My taste buds have been changed.  There is some kind of taste in my mouth for 24/7, which interfere with my eating.  Salty food tastes OK, while something sweets absolutely disappoint me.

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Day 17-18: Doing Great
yoko katz September 14, 2014

Day 17-18: Doing Great

It is such a short period when I can move around.  I try to…

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Day 14: Resting Well
yoko katz September 10, 2014

Day 14: Resting Well

No plan!  I just rest well for a day.  I will have to prepare for the next three weeks amount of teaching before the next cycle comes up soon.  Tomorrow!

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