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Is this the last blog post?

You choose to be sick, just as you choose to be healthy. By this, I don’t mean that I will get well, the cancer will not return, that just because I do not wish it, my nausea and neuropathies will disappear, I will not develop mouth sores, I will not ache, and my hair will not fall off. …

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UNTOUCHABLES 3.0

Παρακολουθήστε το βίντεο που ετοίμασε η ομάδα του Scars & Scarves για τη δυναμική παρουσία των Untouchables 3.0 στον 8ο μαραθώνιο του Greece Race for the Cure που πραγματοποιήθηκε στις 25/09 στην Αθήνα.…

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Hospital Ride

Today I am going to start my story with a very short biology lesson, which is based entirely on my limited knowledge of medicine and mainly on experience. For those of you who are not aware of it –and I bet there are a lot of you out there- chemo is responsible for the drop of our blood count, meaning that apart from killing the tumor, chemo also kills our blood cells and especially our white blood cells.…

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Please remain still.

A severe leg pain and numbness or tingling on my back are some of the symptoms that terrify my doctors and me. MRI is the way to go, as it is an easy and accurate way of screening my bones and muscles. Or so they say. …

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Sorry for not being your Inspiration

For the last couple of days, I’ve been trying to figure out which of my experiences I will share with you this week. I’ve had many options in mind. The forty days I was hospitalized after I underwent a stem cell transplant, an amazing trip to Edinburgh with my crazy friends, or even the time when I was strolling around NYC with my mom and Anastasia (my sister) after a minor, but rather eventful surgery, were a few of them.…

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The City of Light

Paris. The City of Light. A city of harmony and antithesis: the old and the new, the old-fashioned and the modern, haute couture and bohemian fashion. Two of my closest friends live and work in Paris, and finally, ticket in hand, I was ready to visit them. It’s been a while, and I had forgotten the unique experience that is, well, Paris. There is truly nothing like it.…

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ChemoDay – GameNight

Chemo Week: It usually starts on a Monday and it lasts for five days. I have to visit the hospital for six hours per day. Today is the first day of chemo. I have been through this before and maybe that’s why I am tense. I have a vague memory of how it feels, but I don’t remember every detail. Besides, this is a new regimen. New drugs, new things to expect.…

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Hair, and other Irreplaceable Things

It’s Thursday afternoon. I walk into the hair salon, scarf in my bag. Everywhere I look I see hair, which I guess is expected at a hair salon. Some people are getting haircuts and others are experimenting with different hair colors and hairstyles. It seems like an endless process dealing with our hair. Well, almost.…

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