Day 12: Elephant hat

Day 12: Sleepy, with elephant hat. (Another found by Tasha!) ‪#‎hatONit‬ It’s the day after chemo, and if I lie down, I fall asleep. I’ve been asleep more than awake today. Fortunately, the nausea was only bad when I woke up this morning, and it was handled by some Ativan and marijuana. Visitors kept me…

Day 11: Parrot hat

Day 11: Parrot hat from Lisa and Avery came to chemo with me! Lots of smiles in BMC’s Hemotology/Oncology Center today! I got to surprise Bob David, the manager of Cancer Support Services at BMC, with how much ‪#‎hatONit‬ has raised so far. He was very excited. Today was a pretty long chemo day. Emily…

Day 10: (Were)wolf hat

Day 10: (Were)wolf hat from Hannah and Will. Check out my best werewolf face. ‪#‎hatONit‬ Tomorrow I receive my chemo infusion so I’ve been puttering around the house this evening in preparation for spending Thursday to Sunday sick on the couch. I inventoried and organized the hats and count 22 here, plus 2 easily crafted….

Day 9: White tiger hat

Day 9. After some confusion on my part, it was determined that today’s hat is a white tiger. It’s one of several hats that Tasha generously picked up for me at Savers last week. Thanks Tasha!!! ‪#‎hatONit‬ Today I went to work. I did some coding and some writing. Pretty usual. I got bored by…

Day 8: Ladybug hat

Day 8! Today’s ladybug hat is from Avery and Lisa, from a box of awesome novelty hats they sent. Benji, a 6 month old friend, loved the hat too and gave me the best smiles every time he looked at it. Thanks to Zuzana andMike for having such a cute baby and feeding us. Happy…

Day 7: Beautiful flower hat

Day 7: Today’s beautiful hat is on loan from Desiree, who also rallied probably 25 hats from the Synthetic Neurobiology group. Thank you, Desiree! Who knew neuroscientists were such hat lovers? ‪#‎hatONit‬ The hat and I went to Brimfield Antiques Fair with friends, where we fit in perfectly. It was sunny and a lot of…

Day 6: Panda baseball cap

Day 6: Panda baseball cap from the San Diego Zoo! ‪#‎hatONit‬ The first months after my cancer diagnosis were an emotional haze and I filled my weeks with self-care activities: qi gong, church, acupuncture, mindfulness sessions, talk therapy, and pilates. (And got a prescription for an SSRI.) Now my most consistent self-care activities happen on…

Day 5: Beaded headpiece

Day 5: Obsessed with this beaded headpiece. It’s so sparkly and fun to swish about. I’ve been playing with it all day. ‪#‎hatONit‬ I ate all the good food today. First I caught up with Erin at Ames Street Deli for lunch and then had dinner at Giulia to celebrate the PhD graduation of my…

Day 4: Sunbonnet

Day 4: Today was SUNNY in Cambridge and I have determined that sunbonnets work as advertised. They are not particular good for computer work though, had to fold the brim back a bit. ‪#‎hatONit‬ Wednesdays are usually my chemo days but I’ve been shifted to an infusion every 3 weeks so I got today off….

Day 3: Viking hat

Day 3: East coasters you’ll see this in the morning. Sometimes a yearly lab dinner and good conversation keeps you up late. Today was a great day. My energy and mood are so high this week and y’all’s support have them shooting higher and higher. For the first time this year, I bike commuted and…

Day 2: Brown velvet vintage hat

Day 2: ‪#‎hatONit‬ goes to work. I spend most of my work days at MIT’s McGovern Institute and today was their Spring Symposium. My undergraduate research advisor, Jennifer Raymond, was presenting so I thought a Stanford reunion picture was in order for me, her, and Ed Boyden, my current advisor and her former advisee. Jennifer’s…

Day 1: Bouquet hat

Wow everyone, I FEEL THE LOVE. Thank you so much!!! On day one, you all have donated just short of $3k. I am so excited. ‪#‎hatONit‬ Today’s hat is my mother’s day bouquet for my amazing mom, which I wore out to services at Hope Central in JP and the Lilac Festival at Arnold Arboretum….