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Joy Is the Choice

By on December 5th, 2012 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

I was born in Cuba and moved to Miami with my mom and dad when I was just 4 years old. We escaped the Communist regime and made a home on Miami Beach. I’ve been blessed with a beautiful and hectic (by choice) life. I’ve worked hard but my jobs have always been fun and entertaining. On the personal side, I danced my way from …

What My Patients Are Asking: Can Getting a Biopsy Spread the Cancer?

By on November 20th, 2012 Categories: Symptoms & Diagnosis

First of all, there is no way of getting around a biopsy. There are side effects with any procedure but in order to properly treat a patient, a good biopsy specimen is absolutely critical. The benefit of being able to select the proper surgery and subsequent treatment clearly outweighs the risk.

That said, many women come to me concerned that their biopsy might have spread …

Moving Forward

By on November 9th, 2012 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

There was one night that I had a lot on my mind. I was lying in bed, staring at the ceiling, and reviewing the proceedings of the day. When you’re a grad student and it’s the end of the year, you almost always have a lot on your mind. My fingers were wandering as my mind was working, and in the process of making a …

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What to Say (or Not Say)

By on October 25th, 2012 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, The Breast Cancer Journey

Because I’m seeing so much pink this week, I find myself thinking about all things related to FBC (f-bomb breast cancer). It’s amazing how a few (million) pink ribbons reactivate the memory of experiences (and f-bombs!).

One of the things that comes to mind (that you dear readers discuss with me frequently!) is:

What to say or WTF not to say to someone with FBC.

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 …

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