Laverne and Shirley (Maria Heck, Pt 3)

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I really thought I’d completed all parts of the puzzle that is breast cancer….finally!  I am now a new and improved version of my old self.  Well, one puzzle piece is, anyway. I must say that the people around me were reverent, sympathetic, and respectful when speaking about my breast cancer. But the same can’t […]

Thing One and Thing Two (Maria Heck, Pt 2)

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Humpty Maria sat on a wall, Humpty Maria had a great fall……  Several seasons of Real Housewives ago, I was on sabbatical.  I was entertaining an inconvenient episode of breast cancer. When you first hear the word “cancer” you think “Ohhhh…crap!”  “Please no not me!”  I discovered that those of a certain generation tend to […]

The Girls (Maria Heck, Pt 1)

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Several years ago, upon the eve of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I was personally made aware.  I noticed a lump, about the size of a pea, under my arm.  You may not know this about me, but I’m hyper-vigilant about my health.  I’m not a “wait and see” kind of a woman.  If I were […]