Author Archives: Brooke Vittimberga

About Brooke Vittimberga

I have cancer...oops

Scary, Rapid Decline

My symptoms in my eyes, mouth, hands, and feet have continued to improve and they are essentially gone. I have a bigger problem, though. I have developed sclerodermic gvhd, which is essentially skin tightening. My skin has become thick, immobile, … Continue reading

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Back to School

How weird, to be going back to school after watching a timeline full of graduations, trips, new jobs, and graduate school programs. I started last week, and it is bizarre. I watch the freshman in the quad or the older … Continue reading

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Hello. I went to beverly hills

TL;DR: I have been really sick and am hopefully getting better. I’m raising money for Stupid Cancer here. I have reached insanity in dealing with this GVHD. I got home August 12, after a summer during which I got progressively more … Continue reading

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Chronic Illness and Disappointment

This is something that I have debated sharing, because it’s hard to share the hard stuff, but I’ve worked too hard to keep this site honest and transparent to give up now. I have been having a hard time coping. … Continue reading

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Being Left Behind

It’s been a crazy few weeks. I started an internship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering on June 5. I also took my finals in New York during the first two weeks of working (s/o to the quarter system) and flew back for … Continue reading

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Stanford while Disabled

I try not to complain too much about my body not working. First of all, I think it’s pretty obvious that this sucks so it doesn’t really need to be said. Second of all, I don’t think about it all that … Continue reading

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Pulling it Together

I took the stupid prednisone. I stared at it for like three days before I did it, but the alternative was “die of GVHD” so I figured it was worth it. I have been ridiculously socially unacceptable the past few … Continue reading

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