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Hot Topic: Chilling the Hot Flashes

By on August 22nd, 2013 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, Treatment & Side Effects

I hear the term “excessive heat warning” from our local weathercasters and think they are talking about me. My hot flashes are so intense I can raise the temperature in a room a few degrees simply by standing in it. If you have never experienced a hot flash, think of feeling — without warning — of suddenly standing outside on a blistering summer day dressed …

A Hair Loss Checklist: The Steps You Need to Take Before You Undergo Treatment

By on December 21st, 2012 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, Treatment & Side Effects

As women we tend to think about how others react to a diagnosis, sometimes putting aside our own emotions because we want to soothe others. We want to make sure they are all o.k.

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, when you finally sit down and absorb everything, you know you need a plan. After all the medical decisions are made, and if chemotherapy …

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) …

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. …

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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