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Series: Mary's Story. A Battle With Breast Cancer

In 1997, Mary Herczog found out that, at 33, she had invasive breast cancer. Chemotherapy came next. How did she cope? With fear, realism and humor. In monthly stories, she chronicled her new life -- below are her stories, chronologically, from the top.

  • The Buddy System
    The Buddy System

    Getting a mammogram can be scary enough for a grown woman. And the thought of going by oneself? Even scarier. These friends decided to make a day of it.

  • The Diagnosis
    The Diagnosis

    Mary Herczog found out that, at 33, she had invasive breast cancer. Chemotherapy came next. How has she been coping? With fear, realism and humor. In monthly stories, she will chronicle her new life.

  • Chemo and Tuna Cravings
    Chemo and Tuna Cravings

    Mary Herczog found out that, at 33, she had invasive breast cancer. Chemotherapy came next. How has she been coping? With fear, realism and humor. In monthly stories, she will chronicle her new life.

  • Inside the Healing Circle

    Alternatives: Western medicine will save her, this cancer patient says. But acupuncture and herbs will ease the struggle--and chocolate doesn't hurt, either.

  • Thank You, Dr. Love God

    I think I knew anesthesia was all it was cracked up to be when I asked the nurse who was transferring me from the post-op gurney to a hospital bed whether the clock on the wall was right. She said it was. Problem is, right was 1 p.m. I thought it said 7 p.m. I closed my eyes and reopened...

  • She's Feeling Fine, Thanks

    Since the more or less halfway point has been reached, it seems a good time to answer the $65,000 question: "How are you doing?" Or, as one teenage friend asked me, "Are you better?"

  • Sharing the News, Reading Reactions
    Sharing the News, Reading Reactions

    When it first appeared possible that I might have breast cancer, it occurred to me to try to keep this news confined to a select few. I know, hard to believe--I am, after all, now writing regularly about it in a newspaper--but, really, the thought crossed my mind. I particularly didn't want...

  • Goodbye, Chemo. Hello, Radiation. Hello, Bliss
    Goodbye, Chemo. Hello, Radiation. Hello, Bliss

    Chemo is over. Chemo is over. Chemo is over.

  • The Who, What and Why Behind Her Treatment

    I thought it was high time to introduce you to the directors of this production I've been starring in, the adorable and delightful total geniuses who are saving my life: Dr. Melvin Silverstein, surgical oncologist, and Dr. James Waisman, medical oncologist. I wanted to chat about some of the...

  • That Was Then, This Is Now
    That Was Then, This Is Now

    With a shrug and 'You're cured,' she is--cautiously--given a clean bill of health. The future includes a steady stream of checkups and years of little white pills.... She'll take it!

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