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Cancer, Baby: Children and the Body After Cancer

By on October 27th, 2011 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

From the time I was a teenager, I had always been rather proud of my breasts, fairly perky 36Cs. I wasn’t a fan of the rest of my body, wishing endlessly that I were taller, willowier, and had a less poochy tummy. But the boobs, I liked.

I still remember a time in college when I was hanging out with some housemates in my bathrobe, …

You CAN Survive Triple-Negative

By on September 28th, 2011 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

Triple-negative breast cancer has caught the attention of major researchers throughout the world, which is a great thing—it means that we are learning more and more about how to prevent and treat this illness. The downside of the research popularity is that the media and medical journals have developed depressing and frightening catch phrases for it, such as deadly, particularly aggressive or, my favorite, a

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 …

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 …

Why Garden? Let Me Count the Ways!

By on April 8th, 2011 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

Two “square-foot gardens” got started this afternoon for my Cancer Victory Gardens. They are 4′ by 8′ by 10″ high and will be on our back deck where we get the most sun for the most hours of the day. Being on the deck, the soil needs to be protected from the chemically treated lumber used for the deck, so they actually have an untreated …

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