Category Archives: Breast Cancer

Maybe I’ll get breasts; maybe I won’t.

On the third day of 2006, at the age of thirty-two, I had a bi-lateral mastectomy. Because of the characteristics of my cancer the surgeon was unable to spare any skin or tissue on my left side and we decided … Continue reading

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Cancer and Guilt

  Do you feel  guilty since having a cancer diagnosis?  Do you spend time feeling responsible that you in some way caused your cancer? This month’s blog post comes from a young  breast cancer survivor who shares her perspective on … Continue reading

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Now What?

7-Year Cancer Survivor – Now What? Are you a different person now than before you had cancer? Cancer changes lives not only for survivors but also for co-survivors, family and friends.  Cancer can bring clarity to a situation that was … Continue reading

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Rachel was Ahead of Her Time

I think Rachel Carson would have been pleased with the most recent report and recommendations from the Institute of Medicine (IOM)  that was released last week.   This report reviewed the evidence on the environmental causes of breast cancer.   It emphasized … Continue reading

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Don’t Worry – Be Happy!

Does Stress feed cancer?    Can we affect our ability to fight cancer by how we manage stress? We can’t avoid stress; its a natural part of life.  But can’t some stress be good?   The right amounts of it can motivate … Continue reading

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Moving Beyond Awareness to Breast Cancer Prevention

It’s that time of year when the world looks a little more pink.  Retailers decorate their stores with pink ribbons and the promise to donate a portion of their sales to the fight. There are the pink M&M’s. There are pink … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Gratitude

Remembering Emily It’s been 4 years this week since the world lost an incredible light, Thankful Emily Jane Dade. This week, I am remembering Emily by posting some of her writings (with her family’s permission) from the last few weeks of … Continue reading

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