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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 …

Breastcancer.org’s Tips for Getting Through the Holidays

By on December 8th, 2011 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

Here we are, smack-dab in the middle of holiday season. While this time of year is generally a busy one for everyone, if you’re undergoing treatment or trying to reduce your risk of breast cancer or a recurrence, you might feel like you’re juggling more than those around you — including what you should or shouldn’t eat, how to schedule treatment around travel plans, tips …

Wham Bam! A Cellulitis Scare After All These Years

By on November 23rd, 2011 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

Full disclosure here: My sole intent for sharing these details of my experience is simple. I hope to help someone else avoid what happened to me.

To briefly recap Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 , this summer (our first living full-time on the farm) found me loving living here and farming full-time, but thinking, thinking, thinking about everything that needed to be done, and running, …

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