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Exercising Safely After Breast Cancer Treatment: How to Get Started

By on July 13th, 2011 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

I’m not usually one who says things like, “it takes a special person to do so and so,” but breast cancer survivors are special people. I’ve found that working with survivors challenges me and makes me want to go to work every day!

We all know that exercise is good for us. We all know the positive benefits of exercise. Now you just need to …

Body to Pat: Pay Attention

By on July 6th, 2011 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

For most of my life, I have been oblivious to myself. Sure, I was pretty confident about who I was; I knew I was smart, capable, funny, but I knew this on an intellectual level, not an emotional or, most important, a physical one. In the 15 months before I was diagnosed, I had four bladder infections. Intellectually I knew something was wrong with my …

How to Talk to Your Doctor About Sexuality Issues

By on June 15th, 2011 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

Most of my clients who have had cancer treatments complain about sexual difficulties. While there are some healthcare providers who are interested in hearing/talking about sexual side effects that you might be experiencing, you may encounter those who don’t seem open to this kind of conversation. Breast cancer survivors deal with sexual side effects such as low desire, vaginal dryness, and painful intercourse due to …

Top 10 Ways to Use Kale!

By on June 2nd, 2011 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

I was not clever enough (or quick enough) to write this list myself, so I am sending you to a fellow (“sister” really) Michigan Lady Food Blogger who just wrote an article with this title for her blog called The Local Cook. Check it out – all her recipes sounds great.

In addition, I love the idea of a cooking class just on greens, what …

Don’t Define Me By My Cancer

By on May 3rd, 2011 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

People who have lived through cancer just want to get on with their lives — head into the future like everybody else, free of cancer, free of its memory. That’s why the labels others affix to us can make us especially testy.

Take, for example, the label survivor. Please. It look me a while after diagnosis to understand why this word annoyed those who …

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