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By now, you’ve probably heard about the state of Connecticut forcing a minor to undergo chemotherapy against her will. If not, here is the gist: The young woman, named “Cassandra C.” in court documents, had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma but instead of doing chemo had requested to look into alternative therapies. She tried chemo [...]

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Happy New Year! I have been absent since just prior to the holidays. In December, I had developed pain under my right breast, and I thought I may have broken a rib after helping my parents move. My CT scan indicated a mass on the rib. Here we go again. I have been living with [...]

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  It’s been a big week: My birthday passed, and Variety’s fifth annual Power of Comedy event took place last week. Variety has allowed my foundation to be the beneficiary of this event, and we are forever grateful. We have raised enough money to make a nice-sized grant for women’s cancer research. We are in the [...]

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                        I have referred to cancer before as an insidious ghost, nipping at your heels every minute of every day. Once again, I have unfortunately proven this to be true. My Phase One study drug has been working very well. My liver metastases are [...]

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I just returned from the doctor’s office with some hopeful news. My white blood cell count has risen a bit, and now I am at just a little above 1.0. That may not seem like much, but it’s a step in the right direction. In the midst of worrying, I recalled that my grandma died [...]

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One thing is for sure: My life never stays the same. As they say, “it’s always something.” Last week, I was surprised to hear that my white blood cell count was so low that the doctor had me take a break from my medication and rest. I did rest— or as much as someone with [...]

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I have been exhausted for the past three weeks, which is one reason I was unable to post update my blog last week. I just returned from seeing the oncologist in charge of phase one of the clinical trial I’m on. Every other week, they analyze my blood panel. Apparently, my numbers are low across [...]

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Until earlier this week, I had 20/20 vision, but thanks to a rare side effect from a necessary medical procedure, that’s no longer true. I had stepped into the hyperbaric oxygen chamber in hopes of healing my jaw necrosis. If you haven’t heard of the chamber, it is used for wounds that will not heal. [...]

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Here we go again … a sea of pink … everywhere you turn you are bombarded by “buy” pink, “think” pink and on and on.  Please, before you get caught up in the pink game, think about who or what it is you are giving money to. I am not a supporter of pink. I hate [...]

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I was invited last week to attend The Women’s Leadership Forum 21st Annual National Issues Conference in Washington, D.C.   The speakers included the president, first lady, vice president, Dr. Jill Biden and Hillary Clinton.  Each of the aforementioned spoke from their perspective on what it takes to be a successful leader. I know many of [...]