Post Archives tagged ‘breast cancer’



Go With the Flow

Posted on: August 25th, 2016 by
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Layout 1 Many people whose lives are affected by cancer or any other serious illness -- whether former/current patient or caregiver -- often experience depression and anxiety. Psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, EMDR, and guided imagery are just some tools that can be effective at combatting intense emotional stress. These and more options can be discussed with medical Continue reading the story "Go With the Flow"

‘Everything Happens for a Reason’

Posted on: August 2nd, 2016 by
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Layout 1 I have many pet peeves in Cancerland. During my diagnosis and treatment, people told me to stay positive. Well, this advice harmed me, as I needed to cry and feel miserable. Those who told me to stay positive negated my fears and denied my feelings. Other individuals spouted that God couldn’t give me more than Continue reading the story "‘Everything Happens for a Reason’"

Re-Acquainting Myself With the Breast Self Exam

Posted on: June 16th, 2016 by
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Once upon a pre-breast cancer time, a physician paid me a high compliment. “You do better breast exams than most doctors,” he said. And I think he was right. Every month I performed the same ritual: a thorough breast self-exam, including the look-at-your-breasts-in-the-mirror test. Although I always dreaded the idea of something possibly being wrong, I examined my breasts thoroughly and regularly. Until a breast self exam Continue reading the story "Re-Acquainting Myself With the Breast Self Exam"

Boycotting National Cancer Survivor’s Day

Posted on: June 2nd, 2016 by
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National Cancer Survivors Day is on Sunday, June 5. And I won’t be celebrating. Sorry to sound like a bitter ingrate, but I take issue with a day that celebrates cancer “survivors” and leaves those with metastatic cancer in the dust of victory. In fact, I take issue with the word, “survivor.” According to Dictionary.com, the word “survive” means: “to endure or live through (an affliction, adversity, Continue reading the story "Boycotting National Cancer Survivor’s Day"

Breast Cancer Is No Slam Dunk

Posted on: May 26th, 2016 by
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I recently met with advisors regarding financial planning, something so many ordinary people ordinarily do. These gentlemen seemed to care about me, as they assessed my current financial status and my future financial plans. But, of course, there’s a sales pitch. There always is. They recommended I purchase excellent, fantastic, stupendous life insurance. Although I have life insurance at my place of employment, these advisors suggested I obtain Continue reading the story "Breast Cancer Is No Slam Dunk"

Jody Schoger and Gratitude

Posted on: May 20th, 2016 by
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This has been a sorrowful week in the world. We lost so many to metastatic breast cancer (MBC), including Jody Schoger. Even though I knew she was in hospice, I was still stunned when I received the news that she passed away. And in that finding-out moment, I knew the world was suddenly worse off for not having Jody’s fierce passion, intelligence, kindness, and Continue reading the story "Jody Schoger and Gratitude"

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"

Fine Black Lines

Posted on: April 1st, 2016 by
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fine black lines What better way to celebrate National Poetry Month than to celebrate a book of poetry on breast cancer. The book is not new, but its message continues to be timeless and universal. Fine Black Lines: Reflections on Facing Cancer, Fear and Loneliness by breast cancer survivor Lois Tschetter Hjelmstad is an phenomenal collection of poetry Continue reading the story "Fine Black Lines"

Running On Empty

Posted on: December 11th, 2015 by
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Pressure. I’m under the pressure of living up to others’ expectations of what a cancer survivor should be. Over the years, well-meaning people’s comments have stirred these feelings -- from saying I was courageous to have faced cancer to telling me there was a divine reason I survived. Got Courage? I don’t. I want to run away from that hero-on-a-pedestal sculpture people have made of me and now Continue reading the story "Running On Empty"

Aging Ungracefully

Posted on: August 27th, 2015 by
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Pre-cancer, I was sturdy, strong, resilient. I reached far into the sky, living the myth that mortality was far, far away, especially since I took excellent care of my body. Like many young people, I believed I wouldn’t have to confront death for a long time. I had incredible amounts of energy and an amazing memory, and I was in excellent physical shape, being an avid Continue reading the story "Aging Ungracefully"