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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 …

Q&A with Vinnie Myers, 3D Nipple Tattoo Specialist

By on April 27th, 2012 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

I would like to thank all of you who took the time to read and/or comment on my recent blog post. The positive responses were great inspiration to me and I thought it might help to post a few images of the work I’ve been doing lately — and open the opportunity for anyone who might have a question about the relatively new service of …

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 …

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