Life, Interrupted: Fighting Cancer, and Myself

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There is a dreadful routine to chemotherapy. My life has been synched to a chemotherapy calendar ever since my leukemia diagnosis last year. I have become an expert at predicting when side effects and symptoms will set in. It’s a ghoulish monthly party, and the guests always arrive on time: nausea, vomiting, chills, exhaustion, fever, […]

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 […]

“Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot” Book Review & Giveaway

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For someone who loves movies, getting the chance to review a book about a filmmaker’s behind the scenes journey of Hollywood was a real treat. In the memoir, Kiss Me Quick, Before I Shoot, it follows Guy Magar’s journey from moving to the United States as an Egyptian immigrant, attending film school, and becoming a […]

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: 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 […]