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I spent the last four days at a writing workshop. I have been toying with the idea of writing a book that would chronicle these 13 years of living with stage 4 cancer. I would write about the good, the bad and the ugly. Why I am still alive, of course, I have no way [...]

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Pins and needles and scan results— so it goes for me every eight weeks. During my last appointment, my doctor informed me that my tumor marker numbers were rising, which often means something is brewing. This makes waiting for CT scan results even more nerve-wracking. As of yesterday, all is well. The scan looks stable, [...]

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When you’re passionate about something, it can be hard to hold back from reacting without thinking. A friend of a friend of a friend— that’s the way it always starts— sent me an email saying that she had heard the new breakthrough drug, Ibrance, was only going to be available to a small number of [...]

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Last week I read an editorial written by a woman with Stage 4 breast cancer, the only type of breast cancer that kills. The op ed was published after Laurie Becklund had passed a few weeks ago.  It was interesting to me because at the time of reading it I was nodding my head in agreement [...]

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Thank you for all of the wonderful responses we received about the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of a drug for patients with advanced metastatic breast cancer. It’s not always easy to decide which research has legs and is worth investing in— and I take that task seriously— but when something you believe in [...]

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What’s more exciting than World Cancer Day, on Feb. 4, a day that shines a light on this dreadful, life-killing disease? The answer is the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval on Tuesday of a ground-breaking drug for those who suffer with advanced, metastatic breast cancer. The drug is Ibrance, (palbociclib), and I am proud [...]

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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 [...]