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My Personal Survival Tools

By on February 24th, 2011 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

A colleague recently told me that if she got cancer, she would rail at God: “Why me, Lord, why me?” She said my attitude toward breast cancer was an inspiration. While being considered inspirational was flattering, it was also off-base. Blaming God gets you nowhere and it makes you miserable on the way.

I love solving problems, so I saw my cancer as the biggest …

When a Friend Gets Sick

By on October 1st, 2010 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

Several years ago, an acquaintance of mine died of breast cancer. We were not close friends but I had known her for years and our sons were good friends—they still are. What’s most important, though, is that I highly valued her as a person—she was simply one of those people who are plain good. I knew her cancer had returned and that she was terminal, …

I Hate Bras

By on August 18th, 2010 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

I have never been a big fan of bras. Having pigeon breasts, that usually has been not a huge problem. After my lumpectomy for breast cancer, though, I am even less happy being confined by Lycra and spandex. Or, even cotton, which can squoosh just as well as its synthetic cousins. Breathable, my Aunt Fanny.

My lumpectomy left me with a few lingering after-effects, which …

How to Counter the Side Effects of Chemo

By on July 29th, 2010 Categories: Treatment & Side Effects

Toward the end of my chemo treatment, my husband and I decided to celebrate my progress (any excuse for a celebration), so we went to eat at Red Lobster. Their cheese biscuits are one of my favorite parts of a meal there. This time, though, the biscuits tasted like lard. No cheese, no yummy bread taste. Just lard.

Such were the wonders of chemo that …

My Belated Breast Cancer Anger

By on July 19th, 2010 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

My acupuncturist told me today that I am tense. “What have you got to be tense about?” she teased. I immediately blamed the two articles I have due in the next week, plus the book I am writing.

But that did not ring true. I have spent my life fighting deadlines. Why would they start bothering me now?

Then, she said, “I think beneath this …

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