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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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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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Day15: Chelsea
yoko katz October 2, 2014

Day15: Chelsea

While I can move around in this precious short time in-between chemo therapies, I wanted to visit Chelsea area in NYC.  There was my favorite tea store and having variety in teas might help me drinking more liquid after each chemo sessions.  (Unfortunately, the store was not there any more.)  I also wanted to give some tour to my parents from Japan who are helping us out during my treatments.  Under our circumstances, they tend to stay home and I wanted to share what I find great about the city to them.  We did not have the whole day to be there, but there was full of interesting things to see, High Line walk path and Chelsea Market.  It is a nice opportunity to dress nice and feel good.

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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 19: Vegetarian Restaurant GOBO in NYC
yoko katz August 26, 2014

Day 19: Vegetarian Restaurant GOBO in NYC

2nd day of teaching for my the other Fashion Economics course today.  I teach the same subject Mondays and Tuesdays, 2 sections with two different groups of students.  (Japanese Translation is later 日本語は英語の後に記述あり。) I don't know how other professors are, but when I go to a class room on day 1, I get anxious to find out how I do with a new group of students.  Each group can be really different.  I started to notice my heart beat goes faster than usual.  That made me wonder, if I was doing OK.  (and I was OK.) One of a side effects of my chemo treatment that is explained to me was I might have some heart problems.  I did not ask exactly what or how it was.  Because there were so many side effects that I did not have a capacity to comprehend all details of how each side effects potentially do to me exactly.  Just understanding the list of possible side effects.  A baseline of my heart condition test has done before my first chemotherapy.  I will do the test regular to make sure I don't develop anything serious. Knowing that I may have a heart problem, faster heart beating makes me worried if I am doing OK.  This time, I knew the reason of my fast beat and I was hoping that it was a separate incident from the side effects.  It happens many times especially on the first day of teaching.  Nothing serious happened, no worries. A visit to a vegetarian restaurant; GOBO in NYC  (http://www.goborestaurant.com/west/index.htm) After the teaching, I got together with a good friend of mine.  She introduced me to this vegetarian restaurant.  She knew I wanted to catch up with vitamins and minerals with vegetables and fruits.  A vegetarian restaurant!? sure why not.  I have never be interested in going to a vegetarian restaurant myself.  But if is for the first time, during chemotherapy sessions will be an ideal time to dine.  WOW, it opened my eyes!  What a great surprise I had.  "If that is for everyday, I can become a vegetarian!" Clean, sleek, modern, but warm and cozy inertia decorations.  Presentations of meals look very attractive.  AND of cause, the taste and WOW, the texture of vegetables, bravo.  The menu had mixture of Asian and Italian.  Gobo, the name of the restaurant, comes from a root vegetable called gobo in Japanese, but the food was not Japanese. Soy bean paste pate's texture was just like chicken nuggets.  King Oyster Mushroom had light cuts on surface and it's texture was just like squid.  Seitan -wheat gulten, seemingly a good source of protein- was like a piece of beef.  So interesting!  I was really content of what we had.  She told me that there are other restaurants like this in the city.  Interesting.  No reason to avoid vegetarian restaurants any more, I am sure some of them are so satisfying for non-vegetarians, too. Vietnamese spring roll: Home pressed ginger ail with pomogranate Soybean with brown rice King Oyster Mushroom with vegitables Seitan, Kale and coconuts rice Passion fruit creme brulee and chocolate cake

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