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The Family and Medical Leave Act and Cancer

By on December 11th, 2013 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

Many cancer patients are holding down full-time or part-time jobs and do not have the financial luxury of leaving those positions in order to attend to multiple medical appointments, lengthy chemotherapy sessions, and recovery from surgical procedures. You may be one of these people. So what do you do if you face a serious diagnosis and are trying to figure out how to balance work …

Reconstruction Coverage Under the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act

By on October 11th, 2012 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, Treatment & Side Effects

When you are diagnosed with breast cancer and opt for mastectomy and breast reconstruction, the last thing you want to worry about is whether your surgery will be covered by your health insurance plan. Such surgical procedures can cost tens of thousands of dollars, taking into account the bills from the lab, the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, the surgical assistant, the hospital, and others.

Prior to …

The Secret About My Hair

By on May 10th, 2012 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey, Treatment & Side Effects

When I was younger, my grandparents talked about prostate enlargement and pacemaker batteries at the dinner table. I knew exactly which relatives were diagnosed with cancer, which ones had beginning stages of Alzheimer’s, and whose cholesterol levels were dangerously high. There were few medical issues that were too private or too embarrassing to talk about over noodle kugel and chicken soup. Medical issues, one could …

Chemotherapy and Exercise

By on February 1st, 2012 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, News, Treatment & Side Effects

When you go through chemotherapy, in addition to the preoccupation of whether or not it will effectively destroy the cancer cells, you may be concerned about how to retain your physical fitness during treatment.

If you are an endorphin junkie like I am, you’ll find that keeping up with an exercise program during chemotherapy, if you are physically able to, is a good way to …

The Shock of a Cancer Diagnosis

By on November 10th, 2011 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

There are a lot of life events that you never forget and that become a sort of ‘rite of passage,’ after which you feel a little wiser and more street savvy. For me, those events included graduating college, obtaining my law degree, moving to New York City, meeting my best friend and then marrying him, moving to the country, raising children.

I never thought that …

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