Post Archives from the ‘Breast Cancer’ Category



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"

We Are Never ‘Done’ with Breast Cancer

Posted on: May 1st, 2013 by
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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"

The Support Group That Went Haywire

Posted on: March 14th, 2013 by
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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"

Moving Forward with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Posted on: October 31st, 2012 by
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“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"

Bloggers Face to Face

Posted on: October 25th, 2012 by
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I first started this blog three years ago with just one purpose in mind: to provide the raw material that would someday become a book. I hoped that, along the way, I’d pick up some readers who wanted tips on how they could advocate for themselves in an uncaring healthcare system. I had no idea I would be picking up friendships. Before I knew it, I had Continue reading the story "Bloggers Face to Face"