Post Archives from the ‘Breast Cancer’ Category

Lost in Translation

Posted on: January 12th, 2012 by

I wrote this piece the year after my double mastectomy with reconstruction. Before my surgery, I was already grappling with body-image issues due to a lumpectomy-disfigured breast. I thus decided to enroll Continue reading the story "Lost in Translation"

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Posted on: May 13th, 2011 by
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When I was going through breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, many people told me that "my" cancer was the best one to have because it was "easy to cure."
Some insensitive folks really don't understand the absolute loss of control. 

This posting is an excerpt from my upcoming book, Calling the Shots: Coaching Your Way Through the Medical Continue reading the story "Read More About this Post Here"

Sexualizing Breast Cancer

Posted on: March 30th, 2011 by

A few years ago, on TV there was a teaser for a sitcom. The scene involved a teenage boy and girl in an embrace, while a knuckleheaded parent walked in on them.The teenage boy's pathetic defense for being caught with his girlfriend was an "innocent" blurt-out, "I'm just giving her a breast exam!" The underlying implication was, of course, that he was checking her Continue reading the story "Sexualizing Breast Cancer"

What Being a Breast Cancer Survivor Means

Posted on: October 6th, 2010 by

As a breast cancer survivor, I want to usher in Breast Cancer Awareness month by noting what I have to be grateful for. A recent TV commercial features two musicians playing instruments and singing “Happy Birthday to You.” Afterward, a message appears on the screen that many people who have had cancer are still celebrating their birthdays. I’m one of them. Except I have had 365 birthdays per Continue reading the story "What Being a Breast Cancer Survivor Means"

There is a Silver Lining in Your Medical Care

Posted on: August 20th, 2010 by
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In a daunting medical system, you must take action in your own medical care, if possible. This message is for you if
  • You are someone able to advocate for yourself, but are too intimidated to do so.
  • You are uninsured or underinsured.
  • You need information about major health issues like cancer.
People who are proactive in their own health care become empowered. Continue reading the story "There is a Silver Lining in Your Medical Care"

Martina Navratilova Has Breast Cancer

Posted on: April 7th, 2010 by
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Tennis icon Martina Navratilova has breast cancer. Luckily, her prognosis is good. And she's lucky because she admitted to getting mammograms only every four years or so. She won Wimbledon nine -- yes nine -- times and, according to one source she "still plays tennis and ice hockey and competes in triathlons." She is one of the faces of Continue reading the story "Martina Navratilova Has Breast Cancer"

Breast Cancer Awareness Year

Posted on: November 9th, 2009 by

While Breast Cancer Awareness month has come and gone, it is really vital that people be aware of this devastating disease year-round. Breast cancer affects everyone because, although the majority of its victims are female, the disease is also devastating to husbands, fathers, sons, and any man who has a woman in his life. And one out Continue reading the story "Breast Cancer Awareness Year"