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 (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...
If you follow me on Instagram (@shanachristine), you know that my hair started falling out last night.  I have a feeling that these next few days?  weeks? will be the strangest of my life.  It's kinda like post-partum shedding, but more.  And if I reach up and give a little tug, I can pull out a tiny clump.   Which...
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...
  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...
Pax is looking at old pictures.  “Who is that, Mom?” he asks.  I look over his little shoulder, allowing myself a brief moment of silence for the death of yet another Baby Pax Phrase (rest in peace “WHO DAT”), and then turn my attention to the photo.  It’s me.  The women he’s pointing to…is me.  The picture is an old...
  I almost bought that Philip Lim for Target dress.  The one that looks like a long sweatshirt over a skirt?  (I featured it in yesterday's collage.)  But Mike was lukewarm about the whole thing, and admittedly the fit was strange.  So I skipped it, only to re-create it with pieces I had at home. And I think I like this...
We are getting into the car.  It's date night!  "Nice tights" says Mike.  What?  Tights?  "No honey," I correct him.  "These are leggings." Mike looks confused.  "They are?  Hunh.  They look like tights." "I'm not wearing a skirt" I point out.  "So these are leggings.  Which are pants." "Ok" he says, agreeably.  "But they're kinda like tights since they're so sheer, right?" I...
  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...
Mamas.  I cannot tell you how much your words of love and support have meant to both Mike and me.  We are simply overwhelmed with gratitude.   It's funny, once I published the article, I felt the weight of the last two weeks lift a bit.  And as we read through your thoughts - supportive, funny, tearful - the strangest...
There are some people who really have their shit together.  They are never late, they create budgets and track finances, their kids' hair is brushed, their clothes unwrinkled. I am not one of these people. But every once in a while, I do something really, really smart.  In 1998, my answer was yes to a mathematician wearing glasses.  In 2007 I said yes...

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