Monday, January 24, 2011

Second Anniversary

On January 23, 2009 I was diagnosed with Paget's Disease, a rare form of breast cancer. The Story Circle Network has a new blog called One Woman's Day that asks a woman to select a day that holds special meaning for her and write a post about it for that date. I chose January 23rd. I submitted two posts.  That day was so dense with shock and fear that I had written two extensive journal entries and gleaned my posts from those. You can read  A Harbinger and the First Sign  and The Third Sign's the Charm by clicking on the titles.  

The beautiful fiber art below was made by my friend Kate Burch. I keep it in my kitchen where I am reminded daily of the beauty and power of friendship and to take a moment to be thankful for my recovery from breast cancer and to pray for the women facing it today.

Life, Love, Hope


  1. Thanks for these posts, Jude. I'm grateful to be your friend.

  2. Judy, love your blog and the treasures of mind, spirit, and body (yes!) that you are sharing with us. Gorgeous work, a treat for the eyes and the senses. Thank you!

  3. Susan and Kate, I am so fortunate to have women friends who inspire me and encourage me to live a creative life. I'm allowing myself to connect with my body and to trust what my body reveals. I hope by the end of my year of being sixty, spirit, mind, and body will be in harmony! Sensuous is good!

  4. Judy,
    Congratulation on your milestone!
    I have been trying to find some more information about Paget’s.
    This article gives me some broad information
    but do you ever visit any survivor forums you could recommend please?

  5. Jen, Have you been diagnosed with Paget's? I had my surgery at The Cleveland Clinic and my doctor there printed out the information available to physicians. Although that was a bit scary, I wanted to know all the facts. Aside from that, I just googled and found references at most of the top medical sites. Because it is somewhat rare, I had a difficult time finding someone else with Paget's of the breast. I was so lucky to have such an early diagnosis. If you clicked on the links in the posts you understand why I feel so fortunate. If you would like to talk more personally, please do not hesitate to email me directly. I joined a local breast cancer group and found a great deal of support there. I had my radiation treatments during breast cancer month so there were all kinds of seminars to attend. I wish you well!