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"
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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"
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"
Last week I and many others were bludgeoned with the news that Jody Schoger’s breast cancer had metastasized -- after Jody had no evidence of disease for 15 years. Jody is one of the founders and co-moderators of the now-famous #BCSM chats, a breast cancer support tweetchat group that is more than just a group. We are a family. For information on #BCSM, see Jackie … Continue reading the story "We Are Never ‘Done’ with Breast Cancer"
I wrote this poem as part of a collection of poetry years ago, which will one day be included in my book of breast cancer poetry. I'm happy there is a month devoted to poetry. In particular, I'm so glad my friend and excellent blogger Nancy of Nancy's Point posted one of Lois Tschetter Hjelmstad's outstanding poems from her awesome book of poems, Fine … Continue reading the story "Menagerie Mondays: Another Poem for National Poetry Month"
As a breast cancer patient, I tried a few support groups. However, I couldn’t relate to others’ situations and didn’t quite fit in. What bothered me was people’s unwillingness or inability to talk about their innermost struggles and fears. At Gilda’s Club, a monthly support group was worth checking out. It was moderated by a social worker who was also a breast cancer survivor. I sat … Continue reading the story "The Support Group That Went Haywire"
“Cancer is a thief and a murderer.” This is what a lecturer at the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network’s 6th annual conference said. The event, Moving Forward with Metastatic Breast Cancer, took place in Chicago’s Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. Ironically, the conference occurred on October 13 – the one day in October … Continue reading the story "Moving Forward with Metastatic Breast Cancer"