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Betsy Bowman
Wait ... what? I\'m not in charge of everything?
MGH Community forum - optimism

Here's the latest from the MGH community forum blog about the language we use to talk about cancer. I've written a few posts in the past few months. This month's focus is on optimism - what is it the context of cancer care? http://whenwetalkaboutcancer.org/optimisticperspective1/ Turns out this is complicated. Enjoy the gratuitous picture of me enjoying my Christmas tree!
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Liberty!

I've said many times that my people are awesome. They are. And last weekend I got to hang out with lots of them at once. We gathered at the Liberty Hotel (in the shadow of the MGH Yawkey building) to celebrate the end of chemo. For four months I looked down on the cupola of the Liberty from my perch in Yawkey 8 and thought ... "Why don't I hang out there more often?" So to celebrate my ... Liberation ... From chemo, my awesome family and friends threw a little party there. It was pretty great. Tasty cocktails, sparkly Christmas trees, fancy people (and dogs), a memory of a great night
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Fuzzy

One afternoon in early September I decided to take off my cute head scarf as I walked through the Public Garden downtown. It felt kind of awesome as breezes touched my fuzzy scalp - and since I can't really see when people are giving me weird looks anyway, I have no idea (nor do I care) if anyone thought my peach fuzz look was weird. But as I headed home, I realized that I felt really strange being scarf-less and I put it back on before the Red Line pulled into Central Square in Cambrdige. A few weeks later on the T in the morning I took off my winter hat since it was so much hotter inside tha
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Workout Warriors

About a month ago, I got an email from my very expensive gym which I have been visiting VERY infrequently lately.  They were launching a challenge - gather a group of women that you work with and commit to four weeks of working out together etc ..... and win prizes.  I LOVE WINNING!  So naturally I found 7 ladies from PHA and we submitted a fabulously clever application (and yes, we TOTALLY played the cancer card ....) and of COURSE they chose us to participate!  

So this is Chelsea and Katie and me at the kickoff party when our dreams began coming true.

Then we started four




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NED

Here's the view of the 8th floor of the MGH Yawkey building from the Longfellow Bridge as I waited for the Red Line to go home (or was I going back to work ... I can't remember!) after my last day of chemo at the end of October.  I've said it a million times, it's pretty over there, and I genuinely appreciate that.  It has made the whole experience more bearable for me.  And I love this picture - the idea of the whole thing in my rear view mirror as I head back to my side of the river to move on with my day and my life.  

It feels good to be done.  And really weird at f


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Cozy Red Hat

Have I mentioned that I hate being cold? And now it's getting chilly out ... And my peach fuzz will not keep my head warm. So. I was walking down my stairs this morning to go out on this blustery fall day, thinking that I need to go get a cozy hat with ear flaps. In my mailbox was a bright red envelope from my old friends at Montrose. I opened it up and ... Voila! A cozy red hat with ear flaps! I'll add this to the looooooong list of thoughtful gifts, notes, meals and other surprises from so many people. My collection of Montrose School swag is getting particularly impressive!!! Than
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Musings from the infusion unit

That's just a gratuitous foliage picture from Vermont.  Has nothing to do with what I'm writing.  

Over the last four months I've spent some quality time in the infusion unit on the 8th floor of Yawkey at MGH and I've made some observations.  

1.  Cancer does not discriminate.  There are all kinds of people from all different backgrounds hanging out here.  
2.  Having said that, I would like to express my jealousy over the fact that Black women look awesome with no hair.  Fierce.  The White ladies ... not so much ....
3.  Since part of chemo treatm






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change of scenery

When I saw that Columbus Day weekend would follow one of my chemo weeks in which I get not one but TWO tasty toxic drugs .... I considered just staying home.  But the lure of the fall colors in northern Vermont visiting Amy with Chelsea was just too good an offer to pass up.  For sure there would be beautiful scenery, and a multitude of apple and pumpkin flavored food - so how could I stay home?

I don't know if this is actually true or all in my head- but I think that for ME (though I wouldn't for a second presume to say what's true for anyone else experiencing chemotherapy) that ther


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Sonia hated running anyway ....

In honor of the memory of our dear friend Soinia - who hated running - I opted to WALK "Sonia's Run" today. So many lovely people gathered to remember Sonia and to raise money for her beloved Theophany School. Many ran, some walked, and lots bounced in the jumpy house. Pregnant Meg jogged while I mostly walked ... And she got lots of great comments about her baby winning his age bracket! It was a lovely morning. And now ... I am incredibly exhausted. Time for another nap.

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Lance Armstrong was right.
Oxygenated blood is awesome. It gives you wings. I'm feeling great since my little transfusion blood cocktail last week (which was NOT served with a celery stick ...). Lots of energy and I feel almost normal! This gorgeous fall morning I went for a little bike ride and watched the PHA kids play soccer - two tough losses unfortunately. As much as I mourn the end of summer - I kind if love the fall too. And the sox beat the Yankees today! Now on to the Irish tonight .....

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Farewell summer

On the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, Jenny, Alysia and I celebrated (mourned??) at Tanglewood for the last BSO performance of the summer - Beethoven's wonderful Symphony number 9. It was an absolutely perfect day under a blue sky on velvety green grass with lovely, fancy snacks and two fabulous ladies. I had a million school things I should have been doing that day - and I'm so glad I chose to spend it at Tanglewood instead. When it was over - and the chorus of Ode to Joy was floating away with the breeze - I called out "do it again!" as if to prolong summer .... but it was over.  And afte
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