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What, Me Worry? And Worry, and Worry

By on March 29th, 2012 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

I know a woman who has lived more than 30 years after a diagnosis of estrogen-negative breast cancer. When I asked her recently if she still worried about it returning, she said, “Not really.” I love that the fear eventually goes away, but I hope it is far sooner than 30 years, as by then I will be 90 and, at the rate I am …

A Breast Cancer Beginning… Nurse Turned Patient

By on March 14th, 2012 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

As a nurse, social worker, and child development specialist, I have worked with a great number of people with cancer. I have also documented my own physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and oftentimes hilarious journey through, with, over, and around breast cancer. To clarify: breast cancer isn’t funny. Not at all. However, my journey? Frequently guffaw-inducing.

Another clarification: I prefer to call breast cancer FBC. The …

Are Dark Thoughts a Bad Thing?

By on March 1st, 2012 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

Recently, some of my clients were having a conversation and the topic of “having dark thoughts” came up. Dark thoughts, or inner negative thoughts, feel heavier than other kinds of thoughts because they have a connection to intense feelings. My clients were surprised to find they were not alone; they realized that they kept these thoughts secret because they were embarrassed about them. They were …

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