I have a very short bucket list. One of them marked off: “A Trip to Italy!”
My periods have changed to horribly heavy periods after chemotherapy and being on Tamoxifen medication for breast cancer. Read More
“Happy 4th of July,” everyone!
I am doing generally very well and enjoying the 4th of July with my family with BBQ and the fireworks!
米国独立記念日、今年でアメリカ建国240年。 家族や友達と集まって、BBQをして 夜に花火大会を見るのが恒例。アメリカでの打ち上げ花火は、独立記念日以外にあまり見る機会がない。でも、日本から来てしまうと、花火の距離が遠い気がする。そして、小さい地元の街の花火大会は、15分でおしまいで、ちょっとあっけない。家族でBBQをして、アメリカンなステーキを焼き、トウモロコシにかぶりつき、アメリカ240年、おかげ様で楽しく過ごせました！
No news is the best news when meeting with my oncologist for semi-annual check-up of my breast cancer. This was my 2nd check-up after completing IV (Herceptin) injection treatment in July 2015. I was thinking “please don’t tell me anything” and crossing my fingers when my doctor hand-examined my breasts. I hope to keep “nothing” news in my future. This time, it was nothing, yay! Read More
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!
I marked the 2nd year anniversary of the cancer diagnosis on May 19. Today, 2 years ago, it changed me so much.
I have attended a wedding in Japan about 2 weeks ago. My friends from high school were there and some of them, I had not seen them for 20 years. Many of them didn’t know about my cancer.
Since my last chemotherapy about 18 months ago, I kept cutting my hair because it came out so unevenly strong wavy. I used to have straight hair in natural, but it came out very very wavy. Finally, it looks like much more of the hair I used to have today! (This picture is just before cutting for the final time to say good-bye to my wavy hair.)
Yesterday’s breast cancer event went successful! I was one of panelists at the event and shared a part of my stories. Some issues that young cancer patients may face such as career, raising kids and future pregnancy issues during treatments were discussed. It was a meaningful event to me. I hope to encourage people goes through cancer treatments.