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HVP - March 2014

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Page 21 of 45 n Hudson Valley Parent 21 Heather's husband, Sal, shaved her head in mid-January. "Me and Sal the Barber," she says. "Doesn't every town have one?" ICU. During my time in the hospital, I am monitored every one to two hours for blood clots using Doppler. The sound of healthy blood flow in my new breasts sounds like the beating of a baby's heart. And it's just as comforting. It means "the new girls" are alive and well. Today The surgery is just one part of the journey. Though my tumors were early stage (0 and 1 for the left and right breasts, respectively), they were aggressive and there is the chance that some cancer cells es- caped. So, I'm currently undergoing 16 weeks of chemotherapy. I'll also be having my ovaries removed to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer. It's another crazy year ahead. But it's another year that I'm alive. Heather Labruna lives in Goshen with her husband and two children. hudson health plan health insurance

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