This time last year…

This time last year, I was awaiting a surgery during which I was sure I was going to die. I tried everything I knew to attempt to separate my fear from my intuition, but they still slither inside me, intertwined. I was waiting to have my kidney removed, to have my bladder resected. I was …

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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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A Humble Open Letter to My Community and My GoFundMe Campaign

Over the past several months, I have written a lot about my very personal experience with cancer hoping in part to help bring awareness and hoping on a personal level to distract me. One thing that I have not shared a lot about is my work situation, FMLA, short term disability, etc. This one is …

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My Surprising Revelation About my Infertility

Content warning: this post discusses my experience with infertility which I realize is a trigger for many. If that's your experience, you may want to skip this post. My friends' kiddo, James My total hysterectomy in April 2019 rendered me unable to have children. After much, much reflection on this, I am very surprised at …

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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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