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tkone

Maple Valley, Washington
At 43 years old I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I have a career, a husband, a family and a life.  I also had no risk factors other than the fact that I am female.  I had no idea I would have to become an expert on cancer. I started writing about my cancer journey in May... Full Bio
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Dropping in for a visit by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer When I was first diagnosed, I searched and searched for information. Beyond medical information, I really wanted to know what to expect, what it was like to have cancer. I s ... Read on »
Information Unleashed by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer In general, I think I do a pretty good job of staying informed about the latest in breast cancer research as well as in my own personal cancer journey. There is information ... Read on »
National Mammography Day by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer October gets the honor of celebrating Columbus Day and also Halloween. While my kids would argue that Halloween is the most important day of October (and maybe even the ye ... Read on »
1st Order of Business by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer OK, I admit it, I am a little behind on filtering through the junk piles at home. With two kids, it just seems like the junk piles tend to multiply. Could they possibly b ... Read on »
Damn Boobs by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer October has been deemed Breast Cancer Awareness month. In a month that used to be all orange and black for Halloween, now everything is pink. Pink at the grocery store, ... Read on »
What Cancer Looks Like by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer I spent this last weekend in Las Vegas with an amazing group of breast cancer survivors. Besides my friend Kristina, I had never met any of these women before. I found ... Read on »
Happy Dance by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Today I went in for a mammogram. This is the second mammogram that I have had since I finished treatment almost exactly one year ago. It is the first mammogram since I ... Read on »
Reflections on a Walk by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Well I did it. I completed this year's Susan G. Komen 3 Day walk. I have not had any type of shoes on except for flip flops since Sunday and have taken advantage of a q ... Read on »
2 more days by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Well it is almost here. The Seattle Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk is almost here. I looked back at my donations and realized that I registered for this walk in January. I have ... Read on »
Catch a Cure for Cancer by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer "When cancer is discovered at an early stage, nearly every patient is cured while the opposite is true for cancer detected at a late stage. The Hutch will lead the way in ea ... Read on »
Medium by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Medium: def: A middle state or condition, about halfway in between extremes. I am not a large framed person. I have relatively small bones but am pretty average in ... Read on »
Why Worry? by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer "We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same" My sister is doing the 3 day walk with me in September. Though she is looking forward to it ... Read on »
Summertime by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer We are having a heatwave in Seattle. It never gets above about 80 degrees here but for the past several days we have been in the high 90's, even hitting 100. We just aren ... Read on »
Raising the Roof and Raising Funds by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Last night our 3 day team had a fundraising event. There were survivor type games, a silent auction, a casino, horseshoe tournament and raffles. This was no quiet, meek c ... Read on »
In Good Hands by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Albert B. Einstein Jr The original Einstein Today I went in for a 3 month checkup with my oncologist. Though I have always been happy with the care that I ... Read on »
Isn't it strange how as you get ... by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Isn't it strange how as you get older, your memory sometimes isn't as clear as it used to be? If you asked me what I had for lunch yesterday, I probably couldn't tell you. I ... Read on »
Clean as a Whistle by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer It has been nearly a month since my surgery. I am feeling pretty good although still have a good amount of swelling and a part of a scar that is not cooperating as much as ... Read on »
Through Her Eyes by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer It is the last week of school for my children which means they have been bringing home all of the "valuable junk" that they have in thier lockers and their desks. While mo ... Read on »
Shower by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer I am fully aware that I chose to have this most recent surgery and that many people are in a position of requiring surgery instead of electing to do so. I know all of that ... Read on »
3 Day Expo by tkone Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Today I have been asked to sit on a panel to discuss fundraising ideas for the 3 Day event. The expo is at Shoreline Community College. I am honored to be asked. I have rai ... Read on »