CLL Update: My Visit With Dr. Sharman Expert CLL Doctor – Springfield Doctor Leads Trials for Breakthrough Cancer Treatments

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CLL Update – My visit with Dr. Sharman Expert CLL Doctor Each year for the past 35 years I’ve had the good fortune of spending a glorious week or two with my family in Eugene, Oregon.  Blue sky, fresh ocean air and lush mountainous landscape is a feast for the body and soul. Hiking, biking, […]

Cancer: In Your Face – Life, Interrupted: Finding My Cancer Style

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One year ago, almost to the day, I asked my hairdresser to cut off 16 inches of my hair. It was a pre-emptive strike. A few days later I would be admitted to the oncology unit at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan to undergo chemotherapy to treat leukemia. Everyone knows that chemo takes your hair. […]

Cancer: In Your Face – Too Much Power For One Word

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It’s been a year since I was diagnosed with Leukemia. So far so good, as far as my physical health is concerned. But, cancer has changed me. The big “C” diagnosis has impacted my family and close friends, more than they let on. I see it in their eyes; I hear it in their voices […]

CANCER: In Your Face – Arrival, The First 30 Minutes

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Huge Breath. Deepest inhale. Longest exhale ever. It was 6:45 a.m. and the cab barely came to a stop at the main entrance of MD Anderson Cancer Center. I had one foot out the door, full speed ahead, my heart pounding with no idea what the day had in store for me…us. In retrospect had […]

CANCER: In Your Face – My Hair

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Previously, I had mentioned my nervous discomfort sitting among 15 other people with cancer at MD Anderson Cancer Center (mostly terminal) while waiting for my CT scan. But I left out a few important details that have been continually invading my thoughts–a cue that I need to put these thoughts and feelings on paper in […]

CANCER – In Your Face: Allison’s Journey

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When I spontaneously started Askinyourface.com two and a half years ago, I had no idea–not an inkling–that I would ever be writing about cancer, my cancer. Our minds just don’t work like that; I don’t believe they are supposed to. I have tried to live my life as an optimist with dedicated positivity. I’m being […]