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Melanoma: A Love Story

Last April, on a day when I was studying for the DSM final exam, melanoma showed up in my life again. It came in the form of a call from the dermatologist who had removed a tiny little spot on the edge of my original, six-year-old scar. “I’m sorry,” she said, and I don’t really remember what ...
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The Road to Recovery

The track season couldn’t have come soon enough this year. I had been looking forward to a break from the intensity of attending grad school while attempting to parent and work. Most of all, I had been looking forward to the thrill of driving at speed and spending time with our fun- and car-loving ...
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Last September, I returned to graduate school twenty years after I first graduated from graduate school. As my daughters became increasingly self-sufficient over the last two years, I started exploring the question of what I would do next career-wise. One of the benefits of putting twenty years betw ...
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Recently, my husband C and I were asked to help out at a PCA event at Grattan Raceway. Instead of taking the racecar, trailer and swag, we decided to keep it simple by driving up in the Cayman. The day was overcast and it rained on and off throughout the event, which helped keep things cooler and mo ...
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On June 16-19, Rally Sport Region (RSP) held its annual weekend event at Grattan Raceway. The event celebrated the 20th anniversary of the founding of the club whose members are known for their friendliness and love of the race track. Over 100 attendees enjoyed between two and four days of on-track ...
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Imagine a place with no cellular service, no wifi (ok, really terrible wifi that’s not really worth using – so close) and where someone peering into their phone is a rare sight. Now add to that a bucolic setting that reminds you of the camp where you spent summers as a kid, but instead of tug-of ...
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Most people hate Mondays, but hump day is the day I dread. Each Wednesday, per our custody agreement, my daughters go to their dad’s house for the second half of the week. In principle, I don’t disagree with the schedule we have in place; I firmly believe spending time with their father and sist ...
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I was recently invited to teach intro to yoga at my girls’ school.  My co-teacher (whose son is in 5th grade with my girls) and I knew teaching K-8 kids would be a whole different ballgame from the adult classes we normally teach.  We knew that not because we’re wise, but because we have tried ...
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Happy Anniversary: Life after Melanoma

Five years was the magic number: 1825 days. When the time was first given to me, it seemed like a (tentative) lifetime away. But that day has come, and--more than ever--I am still here.When I was first diagnosed with skin cancer, I didn’t quite understand what it meant. “Is it serious?” I aske ...
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Every time I visit Chicago, I wish I could stay there. Within the first hour or so after I first visited as a high school senior, I knew I wanted to move to this midwestern city. I wasn’t even lured by the lovely brightness of August in the city, either – it was January, it was cold, and it was ...
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