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Hair Week

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Welcome to Hair Week over here at Nora’s Cancer, Inc. Aminatou Sow refers to herself as the CEO of her own cancer, and with so many random things to manage, I’m calling myself that as well. It also makes me feel like I’m somehow in charge of the cancer, which is 100% not true–but an empowering lie to tell myself. After a ton of interwebs research on the chemo hair loss process, the overwhelming consensus […]

Week Four

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So I had my second infusion this Monday, which went fine? Nothing major. I’ve been fatigued off and on this week, with some joint and nerve pain, but no bad symptoms beyond that which is a relief. I’m kind of tired and fuzzy brained a lot, so it’s unpleasant but not scary. My mother-in-law was here for the infusion and will stay through tomorrow (Saturday), and she’s been amazing—keeping us fed and the apartment tidy, […]

Life Right Now

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First, a huge thank you to everyone that donated and tried to donate blood this past week!! Our friends, Nico’s awesome coworkers, friends of friends, and one of my family friends who was visiting for 12 hours and became a first-time donor all made me so happy. In addition to helping cancer patients, donating blood helps victims of gun violence in major ways—I’ve watched the nurses in the Cook County Trauma Unit (where I worked […]

Bleedin’ for Amina Blood Drive

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I have a request for all of you: give blood through my favorite podcast’s blood drives! During my crazy diagnosis process, Aminatou Sow of Call Your Girlfriend was undergoing major surgery for endometrial cancer. Her Instagram stories kept me laughing and encouraged as I went through test after test—it made me feel less alone to watch someone I admire go through something terrifying and cancer-related as well. Ann, the podcast’s cohost and Amina’s best friend, […]

Apollo 13 is Not the Fun Tale You Remember

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Lesson from Day 2: I don’t recommend watching Apollo 13 while intense drugs are attacking the biggie tumor in your chest. If you haven’t watched it in years, you might only remember Tom Hanks being the dependable, comforting leader of a tense space mission that a blondie Ed Harris eventually saves. You get some Kevin Bacon as a rookie astronaut action, a lot of loving stares into space from Tom and his wife–all good things, […]