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About rleepenn

I'm a mom and a chemistry professor, and I love to ride bikes! On July 29th, 2011, I received the news that I have breast cancer. This is my blog....

Fuck cancer

Too many of my friends are facing cancer…. so I had these made. Get at me if you’d like one. Made by NoCoast graphics — located right here in the twin cities. Advertisements

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Five years ago today….

Hello world – five years ago I received the news that there was no evidence of cancer remaining in my body.  WHOA!  Time crawls and flies by simultaneously….

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So busy with LIFE!

Hello world — Nothing new to report, which, in the world of cancer, is usually good news.  I’ve starting racing at the National Sports Center Velodrome, which is amazing. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. And I even won a state championship race (points race)!  Holy … Continue reading

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Reclaiming my chest after the double mastectomy

As promised – a photo!  With each addition, I feel this chest becoming more and more MINE again…. Tattoo artist:  Junko Osaki http://www.tailorbirdtattoo.com/artists/#/guest-artist/ and http://www.skinpapercloth.com Photos minutes after completing second session on the Tree artwork.  I’m in love!

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Four years ago, I had a double mastectomy.

  We don’t get to choose breast size. We don’t get to choose whether they are symmetrical or perky. We don’t get to choose whether breast-feeding will be easy or nearly impossible. We don’t get to choose whether cancer pops … Continue reading

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Four Years Ago: You Have Cancer

Four years ago today – I was sitting in my office when I got a phone call from the breast center…. You have cancer, she said. You have invasive ductile carcinoma, she said. It feels like yesterday and it feels … Continue reading

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THREE YEARS since last step of treatment

Three years ago, I became flat and fabulous! Seriously! Flat and fabulous is a group of people who’ve had a unilateral or bilateral mastectomy without reconstruction. That’s me! I had a bilateral mastectomy three years ago today. Three and a … Continue reading

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