Now That "Breast Cancer Awareness" Month is Over...

When I got my breast cancer diagnosis, I went thru denial. What? Me? Breast cancer? No, way! I have no family history! I do my "yearlies," blah, blah, blah. I saw the mammogram, biopsies, and double mastectomy I had as "out of body" experiences. Happened to somebody else.  Or downplay it, "Well, yes, I had breast cancer," I'd say to friends and family, "but.....not so bad," then change the subject. Then October started and "Breast Cancer Awareness" campaigns were everywhere! From "Good Morning America" to the NFL. Couldn't get away from it--pink, pink, pink!...more

I Hate October

Oh, there are things that I LIKE about October. I love the leaves changing, Halloween, and R3's birthday. I hate October because it is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Sounds crazy, no? It probably makes sense to a handful of you. That handful who lost their mothers, like I did, to breast cancer. I am reminded every day that I don't have my mother with me, but in October it seems like the world is conspiring to remind me why....more
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What I should have done when I found out my friend had Breast Cancer

Last June, April, a dear childhood friend was diagnosed with breast cancer.  My heart hurt for her.  I wanted to hug her neck and be there for her.  I wanted to make her meals and sit by her side while she went through chemo.  I wanted to help her out with her kids.  But I couldn't... she lives in Florida and I live in Maine....more

In Memoriam

This Saturday, I will participate in the American Cancer Society's Strides Against Breast Cancer.  I do so in honor of my late best friend, Judy. Breast cancer touches one in every eight women.  I was one of the lucky ones who was caught extremely early.  My Judy was not.   I will get up early Saturday morning, put on my pink and my sneakers and I will walk....more

"I Have Stage IV Cancer and I'm Getting Married. Help!"

Most women have suffered great angst over planning their wedding day, and some even suffer from something called "post-wedding blues," but can you imagine what it would be like to be diagnosed with cancer in the midst of planning this special day?...more
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"Cosmosis": Can it Kill You?

She saw me getting better, and my journey gave her the courage to finally decide to go get checked. She admitted to us that she had known all along, but was paralyzed with fear to even go to the doctor because she didn't think she could muster the strength to deal with this seemingly unsurmountable obstacle.  She feared losing her beautiful hair, her breasts, and even her marriage, as she had first-hand experience with a friend's husband who did not stand by her....more

One Person Can Change the World: I'm Living Proof!

Everyone knows someone, who knows someone, with cancer. It is a hard thing to go through, or watch someone you love go through, but knowing there are folks out there sacrificing their own lives to save others brings me great joy. If he had given up on his dream anywhere along the way, I wouldn't be here now. ...more
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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