Post Archives tagged ‘breast cancer’



Cancer as Dictator

Posted on: July 23rd, 2013 by
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This piece is based on my diagnosis and treatment years ago. One of the issues people with a serious illness face is that feeling of life spinning out of control. To this day, I have control issues, especially when seeing my doctors, and it stems from my breast cancer experience. “You will see the oncologist on this date,” my chemo nurse politely tells me. “But I have Continue reading the story "Cancer as Dictator"

Menagerie Mondays: Naked

Posted on: July 1st, 2013 by
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The post is already written; all that's missing is artwork. Shown here is a first draft of a nude that will complement that post. This is one of the models whom I sketched with pencil in art class years ago. Now I'm trying to bring her to life -- to convey what I want to say -- with oil paints. 20130701_121246Continue reading the story "Menagerie Mondays: Naked"

Book Review: Third Time Lucky: A Creative Recovery

Posted on: June 12th, 2013 by
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Third Time Lucky I've just been on a magnificent adventure. And I didn’t even have to leave home. I traveled through Pasha Hogan’s inspirational journey in her beautifully written memoir Third Time Lucky: A Creative Recovery. This book covers the author's experience with being diagnosed with breast cancer three times by the time she was 31. Pasha captures Continue reading the story "Book Review: Third Time Lucky: A Creative Recovery"

On ‘Preventive’ Double Mastectomy

Posted on: May 30th, 2013 by
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Yes, it’s true – Too many women are opting for prophylactic double mastectomies, even when unnecessary. Breast-cancer hysteria dominates our landscape and is often prompted by unfounded fears rather than sound medical advice. But it’s also true that many women are making informed, educated choices about getting prophylactic double mastectomies and seizing the reins of their medical care. I am one of these women. Although I had a history Continue reading the story "On ‘Preventive’ Double Mastectomy"

First Comes Breast Cancer, Then Comes Divorce

Posted on: May 8th, 2013 by
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“So, how is your relationship now that you have breast cancer?” asks the cancer wellness program intake worker. My husband and I are holding hands. “I would say it’s stronger; we’ve become closer than ever,” I tell her. “Great!” the intake worker enthusiastically responds. “Cancer can strengthen the bond between couples. Luckily, that is the case for you both as well.” I’m relieved. I half believe the feel-good lie Continue reading the story "First Comes Breast Cancer, Then Comes Divorce"

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"