Karen & Kurt 
Edgewood in St. Denis

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An open letter to Angelina Jolie

Posted by karenandkurt on May 16, 2013 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Ms. Jolie:

I don’t make a habit of commenting on another woman’s medical decisions. They are intensely personal, wrapped in emotion and often made while we are trying to weigh the information we’ve been given, the research we do, our best and worst impulses and the too-many opinions of friends and family who are all convinced they know what’s best for us. It’s hard to make a decision about our long-term health in the best of circumstances when all o...

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Ten Years

Posted by karenandkurt on May 2, 2011 at 4:19 PM Comments comments (2)

For two months I have been trying to find the time – and headspace – to write about post-surgery. I’ve thought about blogs on Lilly & Marshall from How I Met Your Mother and today’s news of Osama bin Laden’s death continues to compete with anything I had planned.


So, I’ll work backward from one and save the other for later.


Kurt and I ...

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Surgery, Monday Feb. 28

Posted by karenandkurt on February 27, 2011 at 10:11 PM Comments comments (1)

I have surgery on Monday, Feb. 28. For most of you reading this, that's today. I'll be in the hopsital until Tuesday and I plan to be home for the next two weeks. Emails, FaceBook, Second Life, phone calls are great. I'm not sure I'll be ready for visitors until next week, so please call me ahead if you want to stop by.

Thank you, everyone, for your thoughtful comments and well-wishes and prayers. You have bouyed me up during this storm, and the hurricane is not over yet.

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The Rock and the Hard Place

Posted by karenandkurt on February 15, 2011 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (5)

I am waiting for a phone call. It’s not one I want to get but one I have to get. Basically, at some point today one of my surgeon’s schedulers will call and tell me what day I will have a mastectomy. Or breast replacement surgery as I wryly think of it when I’m not pondering the absurdity of this.


The only way to get rid of the DCIS, to become, as the phrase is, “cancer-free,” is to remove my breast. In other words, to save the village we must ...

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Crowd Control

Posted by karenandkurt on January 26, 2011 at 8:02 PM Comments comments (4)

I put my pajamas on and went to bed at 1 p.m. today – or Wednesday, January 26, 2011, since you’re reading this sometime after today. It’s taken me five hours to start typing about why, though.


I’m 38-years-old (which several medical professionals have recently told me is very young) and I’m dealing with DCIS. The Latin letters translate to “duct cancer in place&#...

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Owning this message...

Posted by karenandkurt on December 21, 2010 at 4:49 PM Comments comments (12)

In media, public relations and crisis management we talk about “owning the message.” You present your information first in the way you want it known – and usually, present it clearly, concisely and show that you have control of the situation. If you don’t own your own message, other people and agencies will be happy to own it for you. And they most likely don’t have your viewpoint or well-being at interest.


As a media person, I have had to thin...

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