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By on August 29th, 2012 Categories: Community Knowledge, News

I have been writing for Breastcancer.org for almost five years now, and while most of my work has focused on the medical aspects of breast cancer (tests, treatments, etc.), I’ve also written about some of the practical and emotional concerns women face — from sharing their diagnosis with family and friends to staying on track with treatments. Just a quick look at our discussion boards …

Including Palliative Care as Part of Your Treatment — from the Time of Diagnosis

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

Right after my FBC diagnosis (f-bomb breast cancer for new readers), my husband and I had an information gathering week. After a series of diagnostic tests to determine the extent of the disease, we had a series of meetings to interview doctors to determine who would become a part of my/our health care team.

One big misnomer in our culture is that doctors (solely) …

Ethereal Summer Salad

By on August 2nd, 2012 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

As a kid, I consumed more than my fair share of thick cucumber slices, either seasoned plainly with salt and pepper or dipped in clotted sour cream [I preferred the former]. What I enjoyed most about the humble cucumber was its dependable crunch and sturdiness: it never let me down. I also loved how cooling it felt to snack on cukes during the hot summer …

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 …

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