Post Archives from the ‘Breast Cancer’ Category

We Are Never ‘Done’ with Breast Cancer

Posted on: May 1st, 2013 by

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

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

“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

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"

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"

Read More About this Post Here

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"