Day 3 - NaBloPoMo - Quality Outweighs Quantity of Life - 11/03/2013

Phase I of breast reconstruction is complete as of Friday, November 1, 2013, with the final saline fills of 50cc to the right breast and 150cc to the left....more

One More Time

On scales large, small and in between, I have had to re-invent myself any number of times throughout my life. As a four year old, I had to learn to live with a disability after an accident caused me to lose my right eye.  I had to adjust to my realigned peripheral vision, deal with curious, sometimes rude, people who questioned me about my bandages and then my prosthesis.  In general, I had to learn to become a normal-bu...more

Read This, Then Dig (If you can)

It's Saturday morning, November 2nd, 2013. How is it possible that just with the turn of the month, the leaves that are still hanging on the trees have turned from brilliant shades of red yellow and orange to ugly brown? And the weather has changed too. It's definitely November in Wisconsin....more


Holy S*$*%*%*%!This is really happening. They gave me a tentative schedule for radiation last week, but scrolled across it, in big letters, is WILL CALL TO CONFIRM.They called today. Thursday, 1 pm, I get radiated.I’ve had months to think about this, weeks to actually look into this. And you know what? I feel totally unprepared. I know a lot about radiation. My mom had it. Our friend S. had it. I’ve heard EVERY story: you’ll get no burn, you’ll get a horrible burn, it’s WAY easier than chemo, it’s SO MUCH worse than chemo…....more

4 Amazing Posts Bloggers Wrote About Breast Cancer In October

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is coming to a close. The blog posts have run the gamut from remembering loved ones who have died of the disease to supporting friends currently fighting cancer to railing against the pinkwashing that occurs every October.  Many people used their social media accounts to raise awareness, and we've rounded up some of the best posts to summarize a very emotional month. ...more
@Jamie Cottrell Thomas  I don't blame you for skipping pinktober. I'd do the same thing.more

BREASTS OF STEEL: Another reason why mammograms matter

This post is dedicated to my daughter who had her first mammogram last week.  She turned 40 years old this year and that is the age her physician recommended she begin the squash, squeeze and photo session.  While I make light of the process of how the mammogram is done, there is nothing humorous about the importance of getting a baseline image at first and then annual repeat screenings.   Early detection and treatment of breast cancer is important to achieving the goal of healthy survival.  I say go MAMMOGRAMS!! ...more
@HomeRearedChef Thank you so much for reading and commenting.  Most of all, thank you for ...more

This Blogger Is Planning a Wedding After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Coconut Head's Cancer Survival Guide has up a beautiful post about the 48 hours between getting her cancer diagnosis and her marriage proposal. Her engagement was anything was ordinary, and she mixes wedding planning with cancer treatment, the overriding message being: life has to go on. ...more
I am a joyful SURVIVOR that unfortunately was going through a divorce when diagnosed with breast ...more

A Daughter's Letter to Breast Cancer

Hey,Yea, you don’t deserve a formalized greeting like "Dear," -- there’s nothing dear about you.When you showed up at my mom’s door in September 2012, I was in shock; we all were. You weren't supposed to come, you definitely weren't welcome or invited and no one else in our family had ever experienced you before....more
I put off reading this post for a few days because I figured it would make me bawl like a baby ...more