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"
“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"
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"