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  A few months ago, Jordan, the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sapien Magazine (a new, online publication) reached out:  "I'm in the process of starting my own magazine" she wrote.  "It's going to be all about exploring what it means to be human, and what it looks beyond the phone and computer screen. Embracing messy homes and burnt attempted recipes....
  A few months ago, Runner's World called.  They're doing a monthly street style feature, they said.  Would I be interested? I immediately SWOONED and fell out of my chair.  A few smelling salts later, I responded:  YES.  For me, this is better than Vogue. I've always been runner - I was born into a family of runners.  Some of my earliest memories...
  Happy Memorial Day weekend!  This weekend is one of my favs - I like to think of it as a little calm before the end-of-school storm.  And it's been pretty stormy 'round the Draugelis household.  Pax summarized things very nicely the other day: "MOM!  Why you make ALL DA PRAHBUMS FOR ME?" Good freaking question. But first of all, I gots my boobs...
There's so much support in the breast cancer world (truly, there are no adequate words to describe how amazing the support can be)...yet I found that there is also some overly enthusiastic "HOORAH!" surrounding reconstruction after a mastectomy.  If I had a dollar every time someone told me I would have a "beautiful result"...good grief Charlie Brown. I have, by all accounts, a...
  This picture was taken days before my final chemo treatment one year ago, yet it feels like a lifetime has passed.  I know that some point I will stop noting the passage of time by cancer-related milestones (one year ago I was getting my last chemo, a few days later, my last chemo-related ER visit, etc.)  but I'm not there yet.  Instead, I often find...
  Well.  Now that I've got your attention with the visual equivalent of shouting, "BOOBS!!!"...let's chat. Did you know that many insurance companies cover the cost of post-mastectomy bras?  Yeah - I didn't either, of course, until I had to.  A "post-mastectomy bra" is a rather vague label, covering everything from bras with built in pockets for a prothesis (think chicken...
So it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, aka "Pinktober," the often sarcastic moniker used by breast cancer survivors.  It's odd, but as a survivor, all of the October hoopla surrounding breast cancer awareness is often....overwhelming. It's not that I don't like pink, pink is fine.  It's just that among the often insincere pushing of "awareness" products (one catalog came to our house filled with pages...
 (wearing: Free People leopard wideband, Tarte Power Pigment in flush, J.Crew star tee, similar sweatshirt both 30% off with code HISUMMER) I've been working with these short, post-chemo curls as best I can.  But the one area that - ALMOST - completely beat me down was the beach (or pool).  Basically, any place where you combine wind, insane humidity, and the potential for...
I'm not sure I'll ever be able to explain how much your love and support have meant this past year.  How reading your comments is like taking a deep gulp of air, and how grateful I am that you embraced me at my most vulnerable. Once again, I am awed and humbled by your wise words.    That last post?  It...
At this time last year, I had just been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Can you believe it's been a year already?  A year. I found this old picture the other day.  It was taken after our first visit with the oncologist - the one where we learned that the mastectomy wasn't enough; I needed chemo.   I'm not sure why we snapped...

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