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Since my breast cancer diagnosis on June 9, 2008, I have spent a fairly decent amount of time wondering "why me?" I would like to hear from you about your cancer stories. Let's create a dialogue of learning, sharing and hope.

Sunday, April 5, 2009


I've been so bogged down with work for the Register and for the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Program, my volunteer organization, that I haven't had time to check in. Actually, I think that I just can't do as much any more. My mother tells me to slow down...AAAAAHHHH!! No time for that!
Anyhow, I started radiation a week and a half ago. My NuBoob skin is already pink. I did an interview for my column the other day and that woman's breast was brownish-red. Guess I have that to look forward to. So far, radiation isn't that bad but you have to go each weekday. It's a constant reminder that you have cancer.
Chat soon,


OpenID Ec-Fighter said...


Hope all is well with you, still trying to move along. let e know when you would like to do a story on Esophageal Cancer. People still not talkig about it. Good Morning America, finally did a story a good one now we need primetime. My families suffering can not be for no reason.

Maggie- EC fighter

April 14, 2009 at 11:12 AM 
Blogger Julie said...

Hi Ann,

I'm Julie, a survivor, single mother of two. I think it's great that your blogging. My sister lives in New Haven and shared your link with me. I did a blog while I was fighting, because I found that I couldn't keep up with all the influx of people, family, etc to check on me. Plus, it was a great outlet for me. Since then the blog became a book, Seeking Clear Margins. I had a professional photograper document my fight from the day I was diagnosed to present day cancer free!! It's a great pictorial reference for women who were recently diagnosed and their caretakers. I could not find anything like this so I self published my own. For more information, please go to I hope your doing well. I just ran the Race for the Cure in Savannah and was surrounded by sisters/survivors, so powerful. Take good care,


Julie Grimm

April 20, 2009 at 11:33 AM 
Blogger Ann DeMatteo said...

Hi Girls,
Thanks for contacting me. I don't check my blog very often. Ec-Fighter, sure I'd like to write about esophogeal cancer. Please email me at

April 27, 2009 at 5:59 PM 
Blogger Tina C said...

Hi Ann,

I have been reading your column for awhile and I am inspired by your strength and positive attitude.
Radiation is solitary and tiring both physically and emotionally.
It is hard going every day and I began counting down the days on the first day. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.
I hope all goes well for you. Take care.

April 30, 2009 at 1:21 PM 
Blogger Ann DeMatteo said...

Hi Tina,
I finish with radiation on Thursday. Now my skin is starting to peel and it's painful.
Take care,

May 5, 2009 at 4:10 PM 

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