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January 13, 2013

I first wrote about cancer long before I was diagnosed with it. In fact, I wrote several columns about it in one way or another: Breast Cancer Awareness Month, my mom, some friends.

Here’s something I said eight years ago in a column about my friend Jean: "Five years...

May 30, 2010


I met a sweet little baby named Barbara the other day.  Just kidding.  There are no babies named Barbara.  Name fashion has moved on.  So where are the Barbaras, the Brendas, the Donnas, the Connies; where are the Pattys, Peggys, Kathys and Susans?  I can speak for on...

June 28, 2009

In 2007, a couple of days after my last chemotherapy treatment, I was riding in a bus along the unspoiled, completely undeveloped white sand and turquoise waters of Cuba’s Matanzas province.  It was late November and I was intoxicated by the sun, the water, the beauty...

April 26, 2009

Suzy was only 33 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I was 17 at the time.  Looking back, there were some mistakes made in Suzy's care and maybe because of that, or maybe not, Suzy got worse instead of better.

Soon she was told her cancer was Stage 4, mea...

July 20, 2008

I’ve waited a year to write today’s column.

When diagnosed with breast cancer last July, I talked with friends who went before me.  They offered an informal orientation.  They said for the next year my life wouldn’t be mine.  They said it takes one year to get through...

August 26, 2007


I am married.  The thought comes to me in the charcoal black of my bedroom as I realize I’m awake.  My thumb is curled around Chris’s, our sleeping hands holding fast.  Two inches from my eye, a gold glint.  It’s the wedding band he agreed to try and keep on for a wee...

July 22, 2007

We tick errands off our list as we accomplish them and we feel so satisfied.  Credit union, tick.  Grocery store, tick.  Haircut, tick.

The other day, instead of the pleasant tick of an errand completed, my routine mammogram yielded a thud; I flunked it.

I'...

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All of Barb Guy's columns appear here. There are 159 of them, beginning in 2003 and ending in 2013. The newest one is on top and you can work your way backwards if you like.