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Writing back to cancer

Austin woman who has had Stage IV breast cancer for years tells her truth

By Nicole Villalpando - American-Statesman Staff

Cancer is “SO not a ‘journey.’ Journeys are voluntary, and they connote something positive. Perhaps baskets of goodies to Grandma’s house? An adventurous trip to a faraway place? This is neither. … There is nothing fun about it, and it is filled with the deepest sadness and loss I have ever known. Not a journey at all.”

Like she regularly does, Sandy Kugelman posted her brutally honest thoughts about cancer on her Facebook page last month. Since she was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, Kugelman’s writing — first with emails, then on social media — began as a way to keep everyone informed, but it has become a chronicle of Kugelman’s defiance against the disease.

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