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Finding Joy Amidst Scanxiety

August 10th, 2017|18 Comments

"I get by with a little help from my friends..." A few months ago I wrote a blog called Radioactive Reb.  This was about the incredibly stressful experience that advanced cancer patients have of undergoing PET [...]

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Summer Amnesia…

June 15th, 2017|5 Comments

48 96 hours ago (it's taken me awhile to write this)... I was in Martha's Vineyard sipping on a cold, dry Chardonnay, absorbed in a beautiful book (The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs - which I highly [...]

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Radioactive Reb…

May 18th, 2017|7 Comments

It's interesting how you notice different things at different times in your life based on how overwhelmed you are when you see them. For example, I CAN NOT believe that I missed the potential humor [...]

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I Love You Uncle Harry…

February 17th, 2017|9 Comments

This is Uncle Harry the last time I saw him in person - October 28, 2016 - less than 4 months ago. He died today from cancer. I'm angry all over again at this F-ing [...]

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The Bitch Is Back…

January 25th, 2017|7 Comments

At triple her fighting weight, thanks to an endless supply of Mimi's down-home style cooking, a leisurely 2 months spent lounging with the "Over 55" set in the community where [...]

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On The Couch With…Caryn Sullivan

January 4th, 2017|2 Comments

Happy New Year! I know many people were not huge fans of 2016, and there is no love lost in seeing it go. However, I would like to extend a huge, heartfelt thank you to [...]

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Granny Panties…the Holiday Highlights Reel

January 2nd, 2017|4 Comments

Yes, I said it - granny panties. I hope my mom, Mimi, does not disown me for sharing this particular "holiday highlight" from the Timlin family Christmas reel this year, but it is just too [...]

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A Tale of Two Turkeys…

November 24th, 2016|11 Comments

When people ask me how I am in that thoughtful way that means, "How's it going having cancer?" - not just the rudimentary "Hi, how are you?" that we all recite to each other robotically [...]

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A Uniboob And A Cocktail…

November 18th, 2016|8 Comments

My brother-in-law Jim is a one man party. Like, literally. When he is ready to let loose, he could give a cr$p if anyone else is imbibing with him, enjoying the same good time, or [...]

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He’s 8, it’s great…

October 10th, 2016|8 Comments

  He's eight! He's great! This is such an important date! There is always a lot of pressure to not F up your kid's birthday, right? Well, my son Luca turns 8 today  - and [...]

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How To Turn 80…

September 2nd, 2016|7 Comments

    If there is a right way and a wrong way to turn 80 years-old, I can assure you that I witnessed the right way this past weekend. I had the absolute [...]

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Cosmic Twins

August 19th, 2016|17 Comments

Bella and I in Paris - Last Birthday Tomorrow is my birthday. It is my first birthday post cancer diagnosis. I will be 44 years young. A year ago I was in Paris, [...]

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August 16th, 2016|5 Comments

Cheers! I can not believe I actually made it on vacation but here I am, cool refreshing drink and all! It may not be the vacation we planned, but it doesn't matter. It is amazing [...]

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“Rockstar Reb”

July 4th, 2016|0 Comments

I've been called a lot of things in my life...haven't we all? Not all of them flattering I'm sure. However, this nickname - "Rockstar Reb" - bestowed upon me by my big sis and her [...]

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4 eyes…finally

June 27th, 2016|8 Comments

4 eyes at last. So almost every part of my body has failed me this year - cancer, complications, multiple infections, you name it  - I've had it. Except for my eyes. My eyes have [...]

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Bad Mom

June 17th, 2016|2 Comments

Granted, even before cancer hit, I may not have been "mother of the year" but I was managing to keep my head above water keeping everyone generally bathed, clothed and reasonably happy. I'm not going [...]

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Top 10 Tips for Family Vacations

June 1st, 2016|2 Comments

I just returned from an incredible vacation with my family vacation at Disney World. Truly, it was wonderful. It was my first time out of "cancer-land" as I haven't traveled since my diagnosis in September, [...]

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Beach Body

May 21st, 2016|3 Comments

So here we are -the pools are opening, the birds are chirping, and the weather in New England is finally climbing into the 70's. Time to sluff off those extra eggnog and red wine packed lbs [...]

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Models of Courage

May 16th, 2016|2 Comments

Ford Warriors in Pink: Models of Courage Program Like so many others, walking in and out of cancer centers, doctor's offices, and hospitals daily, or at least multiple times a week, usually by myself - [...]

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Mother’s Day

May 9th, 2016|5 Comments

First of all, my thoughts this Mother's Day were with all those who've lost their mothers, those who've lost their wives who were mothers, and mothers who've lost children. I hate the thought of this [...]

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You Barely Have Cancer

March 29th, 2016|3 Comments

“You barely have cancer!” This has become my son Luca’s automatic response to me on the rare occasion that I tell him I can not do something because I’m feeling tired. The conversation goes something [...]

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A Very Timlin Easter

March 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Easter is my family’s best holiday. Hands down. For some reason the mix of strict religious observance, by most family members, of the lenten sacrifices  – which are finally over – combined with the competitive [...]

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Live on Broadway…

March 20th, 2016|2 Comments

ME?!! It was never really an articulated ambition of mine to be on Broadway seeing as I have zero point zero ability to sing, dance, act or perform in any way, shape, or form. It never [...]

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When Irish Eyes Can’t Smile

March 17th, 2016|2 Comments

Happy St. Patrick's Day! It is a happy day in my house as I get to remind my olive-skinned, dark haired, brown-eyed, Italian named children, Bella and Luca, that they are actually part Leprechaun like [...]

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It’s Leap Day!

February 29th, 2016|1 Comment

Extra time…ahhh. Every cancer patient's dream. We have 24 glorious extra hours this year, and I've never been more grateful to have them. I spent my bonus day with my hometown homegirls in the Hamptons. Montauk [...]

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Cancer…Is it a Fight?

February 22nd, 2016|12 Comments

On Friday nights in our house, we order pizza, pop popcorn, and have "Movie Night." We look forward to it all week, try our best to protect this time, and we impose upon ourselves the [...]

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Free Range Kids

February 18th, 2016|3 Comments

Don't most of us look for the "free range" label when buying food that used to run about? We do, right? So, I figure it stands to reason that we should, at the very least, [...]

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Sunrise & Smile…

January 31st, 2016|15 Comments

Although sleep is more important than ever when you are fighting cancer, ironically, it also seems more elusive than ever. For a variety of reasons - worry, meds, pain - I have had tremendous difficulty [...]

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The Party Couch

January 27th, 2016|2 Comments

Today my Cancer Couch was transformed, as only certain people have the ability to do, into an elegant luncheon/Party Couch by my lovely lady friends of our self-named, "Willows Gang." Our "gang" is named after [...]

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I used to have a dog…

January 23rd, 2016|3 Comments

An Open Letter to my Dad: Dear Dad (aka "Pa"), You were so kind to take my dog, Skye, while I went away last weekend to the cancer charity event in Philly. It is so [...]

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Lemon Ball & Bears

January 18th, 2016|6 Comments

As we do every year, this weekend my daughter Bella and I attended an amazing annual event in Philadelphia called The Lemon Ball for Alex's Lemonade Stand. This is a foundation started by an incredible [...]

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It’s Hard to be Good…

January 10th, 2016|1 Comment

It really is sometimes isn't it - hard to be good? Now, please take this in the tongue-in-cheek, irreverent, humorous spirit in which it is intended, and not completely literally. I don't want any hate-mail from [...]

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New Year’s Resolutions

January 6th, 2016|6 Comments

With the flurry of Thanksgiving, way too quickly (for my taste) followed by Christmas, behind us - the New Year is swiftly ushered in amidst champagne and resolutions a plenty. And, as if the pressure of [...]

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Christmas is a Rap…

December 26th, 2015|7 Comments

I hope everyone had a great Christmas, for those who celebrate. If you're up, and coherent enough to be reading this, I'll assume you sufficiently slept off your sugar-highs and egg nog-induced-lows today. If not, [...]

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May the Force be with You…

December 18th, 2015|4 Comments

I promise this is not a spoiler alert. I will not even dare try to make some overly-analytical critique or connection to the new movie for fear that I might give away anything to those [...]

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The Oak Tree

December 13th, 2015|22 Comments

The Oak Tree by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr. A mighty wind blew night and day. It stole the Oak Tree's leaves away. Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark until the Oak was tired [...]

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Kessa…An Angel on Earth

December 4th, 2015|9 Comments

Paris, now California. There have been more mass shootings so far this year than there have been days in 2015. It is hard to maintain any faith in humanity at all. I can barely listen to [...]

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The Santa question…fa la la la YIKES!

November 27th, 2015|1 Comment

It's the day after Thanksgiving, our "Elf on the Shelf" has arrived (narrowly escaping my chemo brain!), along with our holiday spirit, a wee bit o' seasonal stress, and 'tis officially the Christmas season for [...]

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Enjoy Your Cancer-free Day

October 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

October 3, 2015 I truly, truly have been trying to find the words to say this in a way that is neither cliche nor condescending, but I'm not sure the words exist. I have lived [...]

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Pulling the Cancer Card (repeatedly, these days)

September 13th, 2015|0 Comments

September 13, 2015 Cancer crap du jour: Threw a small birthday celebration for Bella because I knew I soon wouldn't be up for it. Just the act of my husband taking our picture in front [...]