For many, the past few weeks have been filled with grief from losing people to cancer. Even though I’ve never met these individuals in person, I feel privileged to have been a part of their world in some way in the online community. And although I’ve never met them, I feel I knew them, and my grief is deep. And real. Our relationships were real. … Continue reading the story "Lori Marx-Rubiner and Jason Brown"
Post Archives tagged ‘metastatic breast cancer’
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"
We didn’t always agree. Tami Greenfield Boehmer was more hopeful than I was. So much more hopeful, in fact, that she wrote a book titled From Incurable to Incredible: Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds and another book titled Miracle Survivors: Beating the Odds of Incurable Cancer. Despite my skepticism about the idea that a positive attitude can help fight cancer, I saw … Continue reading the story "Tami Greenfield Boehmer"
“Find a bit of beauty in the world today. Share it. If you can’t find it, create it. Some days this may be hard to do. Persevere.” These beautiful, inspirational words came from a beautiful, inspirational writer: Lisa Bonchek Adams. On March 6, 2015, Adams died from metastatic breast cancer. Today is her memorial service. On March 6, I received news of her death via Facebook, ironically … Continue reading the story "On Lisa Bonchek Adams"
The idea for this post came from an angry comment I recently received on a post I wrote back in March. That post, called Kohl’s: Cash Rich, Ethics Poor, called out the merchandiser for stealing METAvivor’s The Elephant in the Pink Room campaign just to feed Kohl’s cash cow. I told the cashier I was a cancer survivor, and rather than … Continue reading the story "Be a Good Girl and Shut Up"
It used to be oh-so-simple, when Breast Cancer Awareness Month was limited to October. I remember the good ‘ole days, the days when our disease was exploited only one month a year. Now, like a cancer, it is spreading beyond October into other perfectly good months. Like September. Like August. Dare I say, even July? Actually, here in the US, Breast Cancer Awareness Season officially kicks … Continue reading the story "Goodbye Pinktember, Hello Pinktober"
I had found out about Kohl’s partnership with Komen, ironically, when I was at Kohl's. An ever-loyal customer, I was at the cashier’s with my purchases, when I was handed Kohl's Cash and told that a portion of my money would go to Susan G. Komen to find a cure for breast cancer. I said, "I'm a breast cancer 'survivor.'" The unknowing cashier -- who … Continue reading the story "Kohl’s: Cash Rich, Ethics Poor"
Another October is upon us. And for many of us in the breast cancer world, this glorious month means one thing: pinkwashing. I do not believe October should be designated as the month of all things breast cancer. I realize that the heightened publicity about breast cancer provides an opportunity to inform others about the reality of … Continue reading the story "Taking Back October"