Debbie's New Journey

I love adventure.

Including teaching middle school.

I have great friends.

And I have breast cancer.


This is my story.

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End of a Career

It’s been over a month since I last posted.  I haven’t felt like it – not sure why.  I guess when I’m having a bad day, I’m too depressed.  And when I’m having a good day, I forget.  I’ve even had moments when I think this is all a mistake.  Maye it was someone else’s … More End of a Career

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Good:  I made it into “my” woods the first weekend in April!  That is huge.  Teddy must have shrunk some due to the radiation because I was feeling a lot better.  And with my hiking poles, I was able to walk a bit, along Cabin John Creek among the budding spring vegetation and singing … More The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Travels with Teddy

I teach.  I travel.  That’s what I do. I decided not to return my contract for next year.  It’s not fair to my beloved school to try.  I can continue for a bit more, now, because my students are well trained and working independently at the moment. 😊 But also, it might be fun to … More Travels with Teddy


Sometimes it’s about the journey, sometimes the destination, and sometimes, it’s just about the mosquitoes.  (Paraphrasing Gary Larson) Mask Making To get multiple radiation treatments for the brain, a mask is made to keep the head still.  And I mean still.  I was so tired the day they made it that it began in a … More Treatments

Its Name is Teddy     

The night before my first radiation treatment, I felt the need to invite my tumor to tea and have a little chat.  I named him Teddy.  Well, during the middle of the night (sleep remains elusive) I thought about potential names.  I like Charlie, but “Travels with Charley” is taken (Steinbeck’s book is great).  I … More Its Name is Teddy     

Oh. Wow.

Good news:  We’re going with targeted radiation, instead of whole brain. Bad news:  Everything else. Fortunately, I had a friend with me for my big meeting with the radiation oncologist.  We began with the nurse for “patient education.”  That’s when we learned that the plan is for five days of targeted radiation – a tremendous … More Oh. Wow.

It’s back. Or never left.

Or maybe it is something entirely new.  Regardless, I have a brain tumor. After six weeks of balance issues and constant nausea, I went to my ENT who ordered lots of tests, starting with an MRI.  And there it was.  2 x 2.1 x 3.6 cm tumor in the part of the brain that controls … More It’s back. Or never left.

A New Year

Tomorrow I am back in class!  I look forward to being in my science lab, with actual three-dimensional students, for the first time since March of 2020. I just read my last post and it’s time for an update.  Back in May I mentioned that my white blood cell counts remained low.  Side note: when … More A New Year

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