My Long History with Disassociation

I used to think dissociation was an odd type of mental health issue that paired with dissociative identity disorder, DID. After intense periods of reflection and therapy, I realize that I dissociated for nine months last year. And I do it naturally without even thinking about it. This is why I have a very high …

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Mary Maegan Brundage, January 14, 19 something: The Final Chapter of this Cancer Story

And now, as promised, the exciting conclusion (still read that in a 90s movie trailer voice. I have been rewatching a lot of 90s movies...)! Moving Forward: I went to my gyn onc on Monday and he gave me the BEST news! I don't have to do any radiation, so I'm essentially done with active …

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Mary Maegan Brundage, January 14, 19 something: A Cancer Story

I've been writing these posts in my head for about three weeks now. What happened in surgery, how I'm recovering physically and emotionally, and my treatment plan moving forward has been a lot for me to digest and then put into coherent words. This may not be coherent, but this is my stream of consciousness …

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Hair Talk: Why I Shaved My Head Before Starting Chemo and Why I Nixed the Wig

When I was diagnosed with recurrent ovarian cancer in 2019 and was subsequently prescribed chemo after my second surgery, I had many, many thoughts ricochetting around the expanse of my mind; however, losing my hair was not one of them. My appearance did not matter much to me in that moment, just that I was …

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Imposter Syndrome and My First Podcast Interview

Recently I was asked to join my friend, Shohreh Davoodi in her Redefining Health and Wellness podcast for an interview on my experience seeing life through the cancer lens. The episode dropped yesterday and it's brought up so many things for me to feel and sort through, the most pertinent and searing: the dreaded imposter …

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Why Getting a Puppy While Fighting Cancer Is Actually a Good Thing

When Malcolm brought up the idea of rescuing a dog from the Humane Society, my initial reaction was not a positive one. I immediately thought I can't possibly do that because of my illness. Then I caught myself and realized that the only person stopping me is myself. My default setting is I cannot possibly …

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