Welcome to Dispatch from Second Base

This is not a blog about baseball, although like the Annie Savoy character in Bull Durham, I believe in the church of baseball.

This is a blog about “second base” as in “Save Second Base,” a.k.a., “Save the TaTas,” a.k.a. breast cancer. It’s not just about me, although it was my turn to get breast cancer in 2008 and I will use myself as a frame of reference. It’s about everyone who’s faced down the beast called breast cancer, whether it was you or someone you love. How it made you laugh or cry or pissed you off or gave you something back. How you navigate this journey because of your doctors and nurses and family and friends, or in some cases in spite of them. How you cope. How you help others cope.

I started this blog because of a series of essays I wrote for the Omaha World-Herald about my experience with breast cancer, and the response I got from readers. I realized I missed the conversations I was having with these women (and a few men). Their humor and bravery and encouragement were so uplifting I wanted to open it up to a wider stage. We all have a story to tell, and I want to keep the conversation going. So please let me know what you think and what you want to talk about. I don’t want to be out here talking to myself.

And I wasn’t kidding when I said I believe in the church of baseball. I took refuge at Haymarket Park in Lincoln, Neb. quite often last spring to watch the Nebraska Cornhuskers and forget about my medical appointments and surgeries. There are few places better to lose track of the outside world than a baseball park.

Let’s get the conversation started–what worked for you? What helped you take a time out from cancer?

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2 thoughts on “Welcome to Dispatch from Second Base

  1. I had a Grandson born one month before my diagnosis, the first Grandchild to live here in Omaha. I have 10 others all over the country. The evening after my mastectomy my step-son and daughter-in-law brought him to the hospital and laid him in my lap he was 2 months old then. He has been my best distraction ever since ! This year he was at the Race For the Cure with us, along with his Mom and Dad. He is now 18 months, and what a joy.

  2. Gail Collins is my favorite pundit and a recent column in the NYT http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/19/opinion/19collins.html?th&emc=th is right on target. It's both funny and profound. In 1997 I had a normal mammogram. In 1998 my mammogram revealed a smallish tumor, which as it turned out, had already spread its malignancy to the sentinel lymph node. If I had skipped a year of screening, as the new recommendations are suggesting for 50-60 year old low-risk women, I might very well be dead by now. This is just crazy.PLEASE, be vigilant about your mammograms. Tell your daughters, sisters, wives and friends to do the same. The biopsy I had, as the reports suggests, could have turned out to be an unnecessary and expensive medical procedure. But it didn't. It saved my life.

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