Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Confession Tuesday

If it’s Tuesday, it's time to confess. Share a little bit of yourself with us and we promise to do the same. Don't forget to say hi to the folks doin' time in The Confessional.


Recently, I took a genetic test to see if I carry the breast cancer gene. I tested negative for mutations in the genes that cause hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. To be clear, this is more than just the annual mammogram and breast exam. It was a blood test that took all of five minutes in my dr’s office, and three weeks to get the results.

Given that breast cancer runs in my family (my mother became a breast cancer survivor in 2009—woo hoo!), it is a great relief that my risk is substantially low. Yet, I remain vigilant checking for lumps monthly and changes in my appearance.

*If you think you might be at a greater risk because of your family history, speak with your health care provider to determine the most appropriate next steps for you.*

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Life is sweet.

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My apologies to New England Patriots fans. At the beginning of football season, I put a curse on the Pats. What can I say? I was going through a bad patch. I’m better now. Promise to use my powers (mostly) for good. Go Celts! Go Sox!

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At my last poetry event, I changed the order of my poems based on the audience (more children than I expected). I was always too nervous to rearrange what I read on the spot because I’d get flustered. Once, I misplaced the second sheet of a two-page poem. Talk about embarrassing! Ugh. But I’m learning a lot about myself every time I read.


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Join me tonight at Café Azteca with the Robert Frost Foundation as we lead off the new Hoot season. Also featured are Gray Court poet Eric Braude and writers from from Cambridge College. Open mike to follow.

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Thanks for your comments from my last post about literary wills and finances for writers. The answers are substantial. I hope to use some your comments and turn it into a blog post over the next few days.

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On tap this week:

1. Writing two poems
2. Finish MCC grant application
3. Diving into my reading list, which seems to be growing.


Keeping my to-do list short because I have three readings this week.

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Is there such a thing as a reader’s retreat? I need to take a week and catch up on my books.

3 comments:

Heidi G said...

With all your poetry appearances, I am secretly living vicariously through you in light of the fact that I do not comfortably fit in social butterfly wings~ getting out to see you is how I attempt that. Keep it up!

mister jim said...

---don't forget to keep up the
vitamin D! Recent studies say
that's factor in cancers
(low vitamin D in the blood)

--Good to see you reading at the
Frost Hoot tonight! You were
a bit busy with books at the end.
I have one on order from Amazon.
(since Dec.17...heh)

Jessie Carty said...

hope your reading went well! i am WAY behind on my blog reading :)

my confession - i went to lunch with my sister and for some reason i just cleaned my plate and then i ate a large dinner as well. i had gone 10 days without any kind of overeating behavior. i was annoyed with myself but today is a new day and i'm already back on track :)

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