Admitting It

I need to say this:I've done the yearly mammograms and self-exams recommended by all the healthcare organizations with the knowledge that I have absolutely no family history of any kind of cancer. I'm in the clear. Oh sure, I found the lump in my right breast, went to my doctor, had a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound, had a biopsy AND was officially diagnosed with THAT disease on June thirteen (yep, Friday the thirteenth) but somebody made a mistake. That's possible, right?  ...more

X Marked the Lump on My Breast

WHAT IS THIS? My fingers felt a grape size lump under my right breast. Is this a lump on my breast? My heart skipped a beat. What does it look like? I asked Daniel, my future husband, to describe it to me. "It looks like a pimple. Maybe." Okay. So maybe it is a pimple and my skin is reacting to it. To be on the safe side I'll make an appointment on Monday. The "what if it's not" kept my mind racing for hours. It took all of my willpower to not get into bed and cry. It took all of strength to not freak out. If I did freak out then this finding was real. ...more
TheNotoriousSpinks  I haven't gotten a mammogram yet. My mom does go regularly because it runs ...more

"You Have Dense Breasts": This Information May Save Your Life

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, I was told by the mammography radiologist that I had dense breasts.  This was the first time I had ever heard this, and I'd been getting mammograms for 10 years. In fact, I had never heard of dense breasts before and asked him what he meant.  He explained "Your breasts are really dense and so the mammogram isn't able to see if there are any other lumps or suspicious areas in them."  I pressed for more information and he then explained that when breast tissue is dense, it's more fibrous instead of fatty which makes it very difficult to see anything in them, even with a mammogram. ...more
sidrem  I didn't know about thermagrophy, thanks for sharing the info.more

8 Tips to Survive Little League Season

It's spring and that means it's baseball season. I happen to have a love/hate relationship with the game of baseball. Which is kind of tricky because every spring and summer for the past 12 years my life has been consumed with this sport. My husband started my son out in t-ball when he was about four-years-old, and we have spent approximately 50 milllion hours at various baseball fields since then. And, my husband has been his team coach for most of that time. ...more
Great point and yes, a camera is also a good thing to have - I just use my cell phone but DSLR ...more

Fifty Shades of Jazz: Saved by Coltrane’s “Serenity” through the Fog of Cancer in 4 Easy Steps!

It is the way you play that makes it…Play like you play, play like you think, and you got it, if you are going to get it.  And whatever you get, that’s you, so that’s your story.”  ~ Count Basie...more

Day 6 - NaBloPoMo - I Should Be Dancin'

Is this the real life?  Is this just fantasy? Original Image Courtesy: Brit & Co....more

Day 5 - NaBloPoMo - Weaning off Arimidex

Today is day two of stopping my Arimidex therapy....more

She's 32, has three young children, a loving marriage and Breast Cancer.

 I’m a nail painter.It’s not always an easy thing to keep up on, but I do it.Actually, it’s a pain in the ass…but I like the way it looks when they’re done....more

Dancing before surgery

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I don't think women should make the decision to have a double-mastectomy lightly. So seeing this crop up on the interwebs today is making me a little crazy.Before a Double Mastectomy, a Dance Party and also thisThis Woman Was About To Go In For Surgery. What She Did Moments Before Was Awesome. ...more

Can You Believe She's having a DOUBLE Mastectomy !!!!!

This Girl is on Fire!!!!On Tuesday, Deborah Cohan, an OB-GYN and a mother of two, went into surgery to have her breasts removed. But before the surgery, she and her medical team threw a pre-op dance party in the operating room at the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center at Mount Zion....more