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The Absent Editor

By on April 11th, 2012 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

There are times when we say things we wish we hadn’t. My patients have certainly talked about this experience, especially as they go through menopause. I’ve experienced it too, wishing intently that I had kept a thought to myself, or studiously ignoring my husband’s question whether I would like to open my mouth to change feet.

Different strategies work for each of us but these …

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 …

3D Illusion Nipple Tattoos: The Finishing Touch

By on February 16th, 2012 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

Twenty-five years ago or so, if someone had said to me, “One day you’ll be tattooing nipples on women who have battled breast cancer,” I would have said they were crazy. Yet here I am doing just that, spending the majority of my days implanting pigments into the skin to create the illusion of a 3-dimensional nipple and areola. What a thing it is… or… …

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