Post Archives from the ‘Breast Cancer’ Category



Book Launches a Heart-to-Heart Talk

Posted on: April 22nd, 2016 by
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Calling the Shots in Your Medical Care is about to launch in just a couple of months. And, with the excitement building, I feel a sense of purpose and urgency and certainty that this is the right time for the book to make its debut. But I haven't been so sure this is the right time to tell Arielle that mommy had breast cancer. As many of Continue reading the story "Book Launches a Heart-to-Heart Talk"

Pre-Mother’s Day Conversation

Posted on: May 7th, 2015 by
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“Mommy, what’s that?” This week, my prosthesis had fallen out of my specialty bra and fallen into Arielle’s line of vision. **** Stay calm, I thought. I knew I’d eventually tell my daughter the truth about my having had breast cancer. I just didn’t think I’d have to peripherally broach the subject now when she was at the tender age of almost seven. Plus, I was pretty good Continue reading the story "Pre-Mother’s Day Conversation"

On Lisa Bonchek Adams

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 by
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“Find a bit of beauty in the world today. Share it. If you can’t find it, create it. Some days this may be hard to do. Persevere.” These beautiful, inspirational words came from a beautiful, inspirational writer: Lisa Bonchek Adams. On March 6, 2015, Adams died from metastatic breast cancer. Today is her memorial service. On March 6, I received news of her death via Facebook, ironically Continue reading the story "On Lisa Bonchek Adams"

Virtual Families Face to Face

Posted on: December 27th, 2014 by
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Last Saturday, Arielle and I got to meet a wonderful family: Tami Boehmer, her husband Mike, and their lovely daughter Chrissy. Tami comes to the Chicago area once a month for a clinical trial. We agreed to meet at a restaurant for dinner in Skokie, IL. I’ve been a fan of Tami’s since I first became acquainted with her blog, and awhile ago, I Continue reading the story "Virtual Families Face to Face"

Tips for the Newly Diagnosed

Posted on: December 19th, 2014 by
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This week, someone I know told me her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer a few weeks ago. She described this experience as a rollercoaster, a very fitting metaphor, and then asked for my advice. My first thought was, “Damn, another person diagnosed with this beastly disease.” My second thought was to offer some advice she and her mother would find helpful. So I gave Continue reading the story "Tips for the Newly Diagnosed"

Goodbye Pinktember, Hello Pinktober

Posted on: September 26th, 2014 by
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It used to be oh-so-simple, when Breast Cancer Awareness Month was limited to October. I remember the good ‘ole days, the days when our disease was exploited only one month a year. Now, like a cancer, it is spreading beyond October into other perfectly good months. Like September. Like August. Dare I say, even July? Actually, here in the US, Breast Cancer Awareness Season officially kicks Continue reading the story "Goodbye Pinktember, Hello Pinktober"

T&A at the TSA

Posted on: July 2nd, 2014 by
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At the airport’s security check, I approach the body scanner with trepidation, knowing about the vow I took years ago: if confronted with such a machine, I would refuse a full body scan. After all, I’ve had my share of scans, thank you very much. I certainly don’t need one with the general voyeuristic public looking on. And I certainly don't want TSA and airport security employees seeing Continue reading the story "T&A at the TSA"

Kohl’s: Cash Rich, Ethics Poor

Posted on: March 14th, 2014 by
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I had found out about Kohl’s partnership with Komen, ironically, when I was at Kohl's. An ever-loyal customer, I was at the cashier’s with my purchases, when I was handed Kohl's Cash and told that a portion of my money would go to Susan G. Komen to find a cure for breast cancer. I said, "I'm a breast cancer 'survivor.'" The unknowing cashier -- who Continue reading the story "Kohl’s: Cash Rich, Ethics Poor"

Family Matters

Posted on: January 9th, 2014 by
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When first diagnosed with breast cancer, I felt a range of emotions including anger, terror, panic, sadness, grief — and the need to pray. But not in the way you might imagine. Rather than pray for my own life, my prayer went something like this: “Please don’t let anyone else in my family get cancer. Let it just be me.” Not pleading for my own Continue reading the story "Family Matters"

Taking Back October

Posted on: October 5th, 2013 by
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Another October is upon us. And for many of us in the breast cancer world, this glorious month means one thing: pinkwashing. Calendar I do not believe October should be designated as the month of all things breast cancer. I realize that the heightened publicity about breast cancer provides an opportunity to inform others about the reality of Continue reading the story "Taking Back October"