An Amazing Chef, A New Normal and My new buddies “Mr.Mrs. Drain and the two baby Drains” (Part One)

I was so happy to be home from the hospital. Sore, tired and trying to readjust to a new life normal with four drains coming out of my chest area where the mastectomies were... Click here to continue reading »

4:00 AM, Surgery Day & A ”Tornado Watch”

The alarm clock woke us up as it was buzzing in our ears. I looked over at the time. 4:00 am. Ugh. I dreaded... Click here to continue reading »

DDAY: Day before Surgery, Tower of Power & My friend, Denise White (Part One)

Tomorrow will be the big day. The house was cleaned, I got my fresh bed linens washed and made my famous marinara sauce and placed in the freezer. I made a trip to... Click here to continue reading »

DDAY: Day before Surgery, Tower of Power & My friend, Denise White (Part Two)

“Well, I plan on being at the hospital tomorrow while you are having surgery..and I wanted to ask you what/ if anything I can do for you.” I couldn’t believe... Click here to continue reading »

Nesting..but not for a “Baby”

I remember when I was just about to give birth to my son TJ that I got this urge to get everything in order. I wanted to have ... Click here to continue reading »


Welcome to my Blog

Hi, thanks for visiting my website blog! My name is Lorie and I am a 4x cancer survivor.

This journey started in December of 1975 with my first cancer diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Disease, a malignant but often curable disease of lymphatic tissues causing painless enlargement of the lymph nodes, liver and spleen. In the blog I will write about the diagnosis, treatments, and surgery of a young woman of 17 years old.

In 1980, I noticed a scaly, bleeding patch on my left arm. From the examination and punch biopsy of the lesion, my dermatologist was convinced it was Basal Cell Carcinoma. From 1980 to present, Basal Cell Carcinoma to Squamous Cell Carcinoma.  I will blog about my experiences for the last 34 years of living with this ever present destructive disease called skin cancer.

More stories to tell by 2004, as doing a self-exam revealed my greatest fear Breast Cancer.  I write about the experience from the moment of diagnosis, to surgery, losing my breasts and my thoughts of giving up.  It has been the most difficult part of my cancer journey to write about.

 Thank you. I hope that I can inspire anyone with a cancer diagnosis that it is not a death sentence. I don’t believe in statistics. I’m still here and so you will be. 

2 Responses to Welcome to my Blog

  1. Eden says:

    Thankyou for sharing your story so openly!! Perhaps one day, I will do the same with mine which is very much like your own. A battle we can and will win with the help and support of our loved ones…those we hold so close to our hearts.

    Your in my thoughts!!


  2. Diane wells says:

    Dear Lori ,, I’m very glad to have met you today on FaceBook. Your experience with this disease can be devastating at times ,and yet you’ve made a Big Impact showing people it doesn’t have to be .. When I was 18 years of age,, I lost my father to Lung Cancer . I’ve had 4 family members pass away on my fathers side and , I’ve had 3 members on my mothers side Beat this Disease !!Everyday in this Life us a Gift we all have Bad and Good Days,, but you have had many Battles with this Disease ! I believe in Life we all meet People for a Reason ! I Wish You Dear and Your Family many many Happy , joyous Days Ahead in Life ! It is indeed a Privilege to meet you

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