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Ilene

Silicon Valley, CA

1 1/4 breasted woman and East coast transplant living in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California amongst the beauty of the natural environment we share with so many majestic and adorable animals. I awake each day grateful to look out onto the trees, lakes and mountains. Yet, I’m dying to get back home to nowhere to live as long as I can with Stage IV breast cancer. Married to the coolest guy in the universe who is also a brilliant poo, computer software genius, and loving father of my two stepsons. And Simon Barsinister Templar, my cat son and my bestie beastie. If not for his absorptive Tonkinese fur, my tears would flood our house.
How do I survive with Cancer, stage IV: treatments including chemo, radiation, and surgery; palliative oncology; tenacity; a dark sense of humor; support groups; and my reinvented career as a vintage and antiques seller on Etsy. Some days I miss a well respected and well paid life as a business strategist in high tech. 27 years, 80% travel, five cities, one former marriage, zero kids of my own. A brother in Tampa. Stepsister in Georgia. Friends coating the outer crust of the planet I call home.
I blog to share my experiences and my poetic approach with others who have cancer of any kind, a debilitating and/or terminal illness (besides life itself), with their care givers, and all those who love them. If one person at least finds a little common ground, solace, a smile, nods in unison about an experience, or even a link to something helpful or some assistance, then I have accomplished a small but extraordinarily meaningful goal.

Miraculously we stand flying on a merry go round the sun communicating and thinking. Wow. Improbably improbable.

Oh and support me - buy vintage on my Etsy shop:
Http://www.etsy.com/shop/YeuxDeux

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