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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… …

Chemotherapy and Exercise

By on February 1st, 2012 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, News, Treatment & Side Effects

When you go through chemotherapy, in addition to the preoccupation of whether or not it will effectively destroy the cancer cells, you may be concerned about how to retain your physical fitness during treatment.

If you are an endorphin junkie like I am, you’ll find that keeping up with an exercise program during chemotherapy, if you are physically able to, is a good way to …

Acupuncture and Cancer Care

By on January 19th, 2012 Categories: Treatment & Side Effects

Acupuncture is an excellent healing modality for every aspect of cancer. Today, many people think of acupuncture for relieving back pain, quitting smoking, or easing nausea from chemotherapy. But there are many ways that acupuncture can play a key role in recovery from cancer, regardless of the course of medical treatment. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has offered acupuncture since 1999 and has documented the effectiveness …

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