Lori R.

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Member Since: Aug 31st, 2013

I'm a 38 year old mother of toe battling Stage IV breast and bone cancer. I recently had a double mastectomy and will be continuing my treatment with 4-6 weeks of radiation once I heal.
Breast Cancer (Female) - Living And Working With My Condition

(I see sick people)

Written May 20, 2013 9:18pm For the first time in quite a few days I was actually feeling pretty good today. I went in to the hospital for my lab ...

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All the boring medical crap...

Wow, has it really been that long since I have posted something out here? Well what better way to jump right back than providing you with an excessive...

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Big Bully

I don’t think there is anything I hate more than bullies.Bullies are just part of growing up for all of us. That still doesn’t make it easy.  ...

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Bucket List

The new year is here, and with the fairly recent third recurrence of my cancer, it’s safe to say I’ve been thinking a lot about my future. I do my...

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Chemo Part One

I had myself geared up for much worse. It didn't take as long as I expected, which was good. One new thing that popped up today was the fact I had...

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Dancing legs have subsided

Written May 20, 2013 8:24am Oh My GAWD, I had no idea that tingly legs could totally disrupt a person's life. I feel for all the people with r...

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Eat a Banana! (Part 1 of 2)

I didn't realize it had been so long since I had posted any sort of update! I apologize in advance if this gets a little long-winded. If I wind up on ...

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Game on!

Written May 6, 2013 2:29pm Just heard from my nurse that my chemo will begin on Monday the 13th at 10:00. I'm supposed to pick up some medicat...

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Gimme a "C". Gimme a "H". Gimme an "E".

I forget that not everyone here sees my Facebook updates, so you weren't aware of the awesome news I got yesterday. It won't be a pretty si...

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Grading on a Curve

For the purpose of this story you are going to be a college student. Let’s say you were just told that you are going to be taking an exam. A pop qui...

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How 7-Eleven Improved My Posture

How 7-Eleven Improved My Posture By Lori Renowski — Jul 12, 2014 11:01pm I think it’s fairly obvious that cancer, no matter what kind it i...

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I did everything I swore I wouldn't do!!!

Written June 24, 2013 11:09am You think I would have learned by now that I rarely do things in the time frame and manner which I swear I will adhe...

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I know it's weird but having cancer has made me feel a little bit special.

Written August 30, 2013 1:10pm Wow, has it really been that long since I have posted anything on here? I have been great at comprising my upd...

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I'm THAT Aunt.

I’m THAT Aunt.I believe I mentioned before that I really didn’t have a lot of exposure to cancer and how it affected people’s lives as I was gro...

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I've Been a Little Quiet Lately

I realized that I have been kind of MIA lately so I thought I would post a quick update for those who are interested. I've been in funk lately and fee...

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It wasn't a lump!

I made a big mistake yesterday. I was bouncing around various cancer websites checking out stories and support group stuff when I stumbled upon an art...

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It's not an infection, I just ate some extra crunchy peanuts!

Written June 3, 2013 9:31pm Second round of chemo is done! She ended up cutting down my dose this time. Apparently they gave me the strongest dose...

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It's ok.. your life can still suck

Written June 15, 2013 8:29pm Just a quick thought... I have to laugh because this is happening more and more and I would totally be the same w...

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Life is Officially a Bitch.

Life is a officially a bitch. Tonight I had to tell the worst news possible to the people I love most in the world. It was something I wasn’t going ...

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Love/Hate relationships

Written June 10, 2013 12:48am Love/Hate relationships Written 1 hour ago I wanted boobs until I actually got them. I remember the day that I le...

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Monday Update

I wanted to share my status update from Monday: You underestimate me Cancer. You can keep trying to knock me down. I will keep getting back up. And...

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My Story

April 22nd. Usually the 22nd of April conjures up happy and positive images because it is my Dad's birthday. Those who know my Dad personally know...

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My guardian angel

I caveat this journal entry with the fact that I am not normally a sappy or touchy/feely person, but I feel it is warranted in this particular case. ...

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My son's campaign for me- Please share!!

Hi! My youngest son Bayley designed this shirts and made this campaign without any prodding from me. :) Please share the link if you are able! We woul...

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Pansy ass sissy white blood cells...I think I'll try some bribery

Written June 10, 2013 11:27pm As I reflect on chemo round two (Electric Boogaloo), I realize I took the wrong approach with those over dramatic em...

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Part Deux

People fascinate me. My favorite thing to do is peoplewatch. Stick me in a Walmart in Kosciusko, Mississippi and I would be content for hours. Anyone ...

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Pathology Results from my surgery

Written May 8, 2013 12:58pm Although I totally forgot about the follow up appointment with my surgeon yesterday, the nurse called and left me a me...

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Pulling my hair out...literally

Written May 24, 2013 10:02am Damn..thought I was in the clear but that doesn't appear to be the case. I'll give it a couple more days then...

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Running in Flip Flops

Every family has stories they just love to share with whoever will listen. Some are meant to embarrass you. Some to remind you what an intolerable li...

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Stay Tuned!

Written July 22, 2013 1:28am Tomorrow is chemo treatment number 4. It was scheduled for last Monday but I postponed it in hopes of making it to Mo...

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That fine line between being cautious and being paranoid... I need to find it!

If you have been following my story you know how well procrastination has worked out for me in the past. I am honestly making an effort to rid my life...

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That's it!

Written May 26, 2013 8:06am Dennis is shaving my hair off today! The back of my head looks like a dog's matted ass fur. There's about ten ...

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The fine print

The fine print Written September 7, 2013 11:29pm I feel like this update should be read in the style of the fine print read aloud at the end ...

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There's a chink in my armor (no, that's not a racial slur)

Written Oct 25, 2013 5:04pm I have to admit that the ol' emotional gas tank is running a little low these days. My latest and greatest...

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There's no crying in baseball! I mean... chemo

Yesterday was tough. My legs really started bothering Thursday. On top of that, I think I had maybe gotten four hours of sleep since Monday. I just wa...

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This cancer thing is spendy!

Written May 30, 2013 9:01pm Got the news that my white count is back to normal and I am ok to venture out in public again ...hooray! Too bad my bl...

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This is Tough

I am firm believer that good will always conquer evil. I truly believe that the universe must balance out the good and the bad in order to exist. I ha...

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Toddlers & Tiaras- My Mackenzie moment

ritten July 30, 2013 1:33am Note- if you haven't ever seen "Toddlers & Tiaras" I highly recommend checking out an episode or two. ...

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Tomorrow is the day!

Written August 5, 2013 9:35pm I don't care how old I get, having my mom around always makes me feel better. I know my mom would be here in a...

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Up to speed...

Written May 5, 2013 4:43pm I thought I should at least continue from where I left off so I can write down the details before I forget. I think...

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Watching the paint dry....

Sometimes I forget that everyone isn't following along in my brain and I didn't realize it had been so long since I had posted an update. I fe...

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What if I ate too many Mentos?!

Written July 5, 2013 1:31am I had a totally random memory hit me while checking out at the Family Dollar yesterday. I happened to notice a pack of...

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Why yes, I would love a break!

Written July 17, 2013 12:22am I realized that I am usually a posting fiend when chemo time rolls around, so I figured I should probably give an ...

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Breast Cancer (Female) - Caring For A Loved One

I made a chemo buddy today!

Written July 23, 2013 1:21am They typically another person sharing the room with me when I show up for chemo. Today I met a very awesome older lad...

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It's Been Awhile

I realized it’s been a long time since I’ve written any sort of detailed update. I’m sad to say that I just hadn’t felt like writing. I’m no...

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I’ve Thought Long & Hard on This, and I Have Decided This is How It’s Going to Be:

As you all know I was delivered some news this week that I was not ready to hear and very difficult to receive. We learned that average life expecta...

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Magic 8 Ball says "I wouldn't count on it".

Written September 19, 2013 11:35pm *I started this blog last Saturday while I was in Chicago. I know I should have just finished it then but I did...

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Not to toot my own horn..but I think I'm a natural at this chemo thing ;)

Written June 26, 2013 4:46pm Ok, I figured I owed everyone an update. I was waiting to see how I felt today after getting my first Lunesta shot so...

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Yum.... hot and sour sawdust

Written June 29, 2013 9:00am So yes, today my mouth both tastes and feels like I've over-indulged in sawdust. I also feel like I've soft-s...

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Breast Cancer (Female) - 360Interviews

Part 1 - This is how I found out I had Breast Cancer...

In the first 360Interview video, Lori talks about how she found out she had breast cancer.

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Part 10 - How does Dennis support you?

In this video, Lori and Dennis share their insights on supporting loved ones with breast cancer.

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Part 11 - How does Dennis receive support?

In this video, Lori and Dennis share their insights on receiving and providing support for each other.

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Part 12 - How did you tell your children you had cancer?

In this video, Lori shares her experience on talking to children about breast cancer.

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Part 13 - How do your children support you?

Find out how Lori's sons show their support for her...

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Part 14 - Experience with medical and healthcare professionals

In this video, Lori shares her insights on dealing with various medical and healthcare professionals.

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Part 15 - Experience with double mastectomy

In this video, Lori shares her experience with double mastectomy and related side effects.

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Part 16 - Complications after double mastectomy

In this 360Interview, Lori shares her experience with double mastectomy and its complications.

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Part 17 - Lifestyle changes after the breast cancer diagnosis

In this 360Interview, Lori shares her experience with lifestyle changes and tips on coping with being home-bound.

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Part 18 - Cancer and work

In this 360Interview video, Lori talks about how her colleagues reacted to her cancer diagnosis and showed tremendous support for her.

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Part 19 - How to stay motivated?

In this video, Lori shares her tips on how to stay motivated and inspire others around her.

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Part 2 - What symptoms did you have?

In this video, Lori discusses the various symptoms that prompted her to see a doctor, her family history of cancer and other risk factors.

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Part 20 - Do you belong to a support group?

Lori and Dennis discuss their experience with support groups.

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Part 21 - The role of spirituality

In this video, Lori and Dennis discuss the role of spirituality in their journey with breast cancer.

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Part 22 - Tips on living with breast cancer

In this video, Lori shares her insights and tips on living with breast cancer.

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Part 23 - Approaching life differently

This is how breast cancer has changed Lori's perspective on life...

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Part 24 - Tips on preparing for the future

In this video, Lori shares her tips on how to prepare for the future.

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Part 25 - The most difficult moment

Dennis discusses his most difficult moment during Lori's fight against breast cancer.

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Part 3 - What went through your mind when you were diagnosed with breast cancer?

In this video, Lori discusses the various thoughts and emotions that went through her mind when she heard the breast cancer diagnosis.

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Part 4 - Tips for newly diagnosed patients with breast cancer

In this video, Lori shares her tips and insights on coping with a breast cancer diagnosis.

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Part 5 - Communicating to family and friends about breast cancer

In this video, Lori and Dennis share their tips and insights on communicating with family and friends about breast cancer.

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Part 6 - Lifestyle changes

In this video, Lori discusses some lifestyle changes she has made since her breast cancer diagnosis.

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Part 7 - Dealing with hair loss

In this video, Lori shares her experience on dealing with hair loss.

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Part 8 - Going out without hair

In this video, Lori shares her experience on hair loss and wigs.

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Part 9 - How to keep family and friends up to date

In this video, Lori shares her tips on communicating to family and friends about health issues.

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