About

My blog is about my crazy life since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.  It is generally a light-hearted account of the trials and tribulations of trying to stay alive.

My name is Maria Brown and I’m that one in a million patient who reacts weirdly to medications…not good when the doctors are trying to save your life.  After surgery and chemotherapy I experienced heart failure, and then a stroke.  Believing I was going to die from heart problems before the cancer killed me, I stopped taking my meds.

Six months later I was sporting 2 shiny metal titanium rods to stabilize my back because the cancer spread to my spine and I had to have radiation treatment.  But I can walk, and I can talk, and I am determined to make the best of being dealt some lousy lemons in life.  The only thing I can’t do right now is Yoga (‘cause the screws in my back might pop out… but that’s okay because I wasn’t a great fan of yoga anyway).

There is rarely a dull moment in our household of four.  I have two children whom I refer to as Frick (alias Hope…a girl) and her younger brother Frack (alias James);  both who know how to dial 911 and flag down ambulances.  I also have a husband whom I will lovingly refer to as Bobo.  I am not  sure how we survived as husband as wife during my chemo. treatments (my husband was afraid that I was going to sell the house whenever he came home from work at night).  I just remember being on steroids and painting the house at 2:00 in the morning.

Anyhow, I hope you enjoy reading about my escapades since my cancer diagnosis and have a good laugh or cry about my unbelievable experiences with the stuff I have written about… be it the cow glove, hives on my picc. line, the nurse with bloody gloves, running backwards, the blob I didn’t know about discovered in my brain, and the hairball cyst growing in my abdomen.  All strangely weird, but 100% true.

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Maria, I am so happy for you and for your choose to be happy in life! You are such a wonderful being! And for sure life will be good to you and heal all your pain and illness, and fill you with endless joy, strength and happiness! May God Bless you! — Alice Stephenson—

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