Margaret Treanor Frey

author . artist . singer

Category: Milestones

Recovery Soundtrack

Cancer party soundtrack should include PF’s Comfortably Numb and CTD’s Afternoons and Coffeespoons. What else?


AC/DC Back in Black comes to mind

 Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds? A little trippy to go along with your pain patch trip.
The Firm – Radioactive
Green Day’s “Do You Know Your Enemy”
 gloria gaynor”s ‘i will survive’
rachel platten ‘this is my fight song
‘Hit Me with Your Best Shot”,, Rocky theme song,
Hotel California of course
 “Beat It” by MJ
the Beatles ‘Here Comes the Sun’
Invincible – Pat Benetar
Take the Skinheads Bowling
Beer (the one by Real Big Phish)
I’ll get by with a little help from my friends
Burning Down the House
Hit me w ith your best shot, I’m a survivor, we are the champions

She walks.

First time walking to Sarah’s school to pick her up since reconstruction.


Hey. Mark got tenure at USC. They were playing phone tag for a couple days, but finally got hold of him today with the news.

Thing 1 – We don’t have to move. If you DON’T get tenure, they’re basically showing you the door.

Thing 2 – The longer, more important thing, is that when you start at USC on the tenure track, you’re on the clock. And right smack in the middle of the last, most important year of the clock, I got cancer. Luckily, Mark is his own boss in the lab, and he was able to take off to take me to doctor appointments and chemo and surgeries. But you can only do so much of that and still accomplish the grants, papers, collaborations, and reviews that all count toward your score.

So congratulations to Mark and his lab for their excellent hard work.

And the deepest of gratitude to all the people who provided rides, food, care packages, visits, pick-ups, drop-offs, playdates, cleaning, chores, furniture moving… To Mom who came to live with us for months. Even to Darleen and everybody in Buffalo who stepped in to take care of Mom’s house and dog and watercolor classes in her absence.

Y’all are the best.