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Giving Thanks in My Seventh Decade

By on July 18th, 2012 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

[This was originally published on Positives About Negative on January 2, 2011.]

I turned 65 last week and I am not sure what to make of it. Yes, getting older is better than the alternative, as my bout with cancer made extremely clear. Still, that’s old. Medicare old. If I got robbed, the news story could very well describe me as elderly.

I was diagnosed …

Restorative Yoga

By on June 21st, 2012 Categories: Treatment & Side Effects

When the word “yoga” is mentioned, many of us instantly picture seemingly impossible pretzel-like contortions and turn our minds off to any chance of stepping on a mat. Fortunately, you don’t have to be Gumby nor have Madonna’s biceps of steel to practice yoga; the science of yoga integrates physical as well as mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions and at its core truly offers something …

Robin Roberts’s Recent Diagnosis of Myelodysplastic Syndrome

By on June 15th, 2012 Categories: Treatment & Side Effects

Dear Members of the Breastcancer.org Community,

All of us feel shocked and upset by Robin Roberts’s new diagnosis of Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a rare complication of chemotherapy. This past Monday, she shared her situation with her Good Morning America family — and the sympathetic reaction in our Breastcancer.org community has been immediate and extremely touching. As co-survivors, we all feel an extra special connection to her. …

Breast Cancer: Is it a Fight?

By on May 23rd, 2012 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

When I was fully immersed in treatment, I went out on a really big limb and broached a subject that had been on my mind since the time of my breast cancer diagnosis. It took me a while to bring it up because it’s, well, it’s anti-establishment — in a BIG way.

Here goes: I never saw my experience with breast cancer as a “fight.” …

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 …

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