5 Things They Never Tell You About Life After Cancer

They'll tell you how to cope during treatment, but life after cancer has its own battles. Because treatment ends, but cancer never truly leaves you. At 17, I fought an advanced form of cancer at a world-renowned hospital. I was given every form of support and educational resource possible, from counselors to peer mentors. What they didn't tell me is that after cancer, new battles will arise. I'm sure a few of these won't resonate with some survivors, but these are the things I wish someone had warned me about. ...more

Paying It Forward: Always in Vogue

Approximately 4 years ago, I mentioned to someone that the only birthday present that I really wanted, was to see Earth Wind & Fire at the Borgata Hotel, which was sold out. Within 48 hours, someone whom until the day of the concert was a stranger to me, gifted me a suite at the Borgata, along with two premium concert seats. I had an AMAZING time that weekend! To this day, I wondered what it was about me that led this stranger to want to make my birthday celebration complete....more

Eldred Cole lives life to the fullest

 My friend Eldred Cole has always stood out, whether it’s with her quick smile that can reach as far as Silliman University or just her contagious congeniality. She is my sister in Portia Sorority back in the college of law at Xavier University....more

Finding Hope during October's Sea of Pink Awareness

October is Breast Cancer month, a time for us to reflect upon and pay special attention to those affected by breast cancer. Sometimes I can’t help but get a little bit, I don’t know, frustrated? Slighted? When everyone is calling for stories of survivors, or accounts of those who are battling breast cancer now, I get a little selfish. We should absolutely pay our respects and celebrations to them, but what about those who fought the good fight and moved on to greener pastures?...more

The Thrill of the Last Good Day

So, I'm five years out this month from having terminal cancer and just not dying. In those five years I have had related but separate bouts of the same cancer, melanoma that weren't as life-threatening but had their own set of woopsie-daisies.I walked around for so long, years, with such large bandages on different parts of me that a homeless man I passed all the time on my way to the oncology department started asking me how I was doing. He looked really worried....more

My Afterlife Series - Will You Dance at the Party?

By Susan Keats, Contributor &  Seize-the-Day Propagandist...more


JEEZ.... I had every intention of doing some sappy Happy Valentine's Day post.  Instead, I'll follow the Al Capone version of Valentine's Day.  It's time for a breast cancer massacre.  If you recognize yourself in any of this, consider this a fair warning.  Next time, no warning will be issued.  I will simply let the dogs out to hunt you down.........more

Raising a baby and eating healthy on a budget.

Im 32 and the proud mother of a new baby boy. I live in hot and sunny Florida. I have 2 crazy dogs and Im a stay at home Mom. I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 29. I had surgeries, chemo, and radiation and lost a lot of weight. Then miraculously in 2010, I got pregnant and ate everything in sight. I am now trying to work it off and diet while being on a very tight budget. Visit www.pattycakesnpancakes.com...more

I'm a 4 year survivor

August 2007, I find a lump while taking off my bra.  I show hubby to see if he remembers it being there, who knows my boobies better than him?  He said he wanted me to get it checked right away.  Fast forward to the end of August, lumpectomy is recommended after confirming that it was cancer through biopsies.  Let me tell you, the hardest part is waiting for test results.  Once you get the results you can act on it.  Sitting around waiting is crippling emotionally.  ...more