October: Breast Cancer Awareness Scam Month

The people who are not aware of breast cancer are our most vulnerable populations: poor, uneducated women who don't speak English. Who is pouring money into getting out into underserved neighborhoods with culturally, linguistically, and reading-level appropriate materials to let ignored populations of women know about their risk? I can barely summon the strength to get into the stupidity of raising awareness for breast cancer, getting women free mammograms because they have no health insurance, and then not having any comprehensive program in place to help them when these same women find out they have breast cancer. Raising awareness is not useful if we aren't also going to do actual, concrete things that save women's lives when they discover that they have it. ...more
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Brain training shown to help breast cancer related memory loss and mental slowness

Great news for breast cancer patients/survivors who have experienced mental slowness, memory loss or a mental "fog."A new study out of Indiana University has found that brain training improves processing speed and memory performance.For memory training, participants learned techniques to remember word lists, text and sequences.At least one of the two programs used computer programs, so I can only imagine how one-on-one brain training (with a cognitive skills trainer) would help! ...more

Join Panera Bread in fighting Breast Cancer

Panera Bread of South Western OH and Northern Kentucky is helping fight cancer.Be sure to stop by, Monday, October 1st and pick up some Pink Ribbon Bagels. 100% of the proceeds are being donated to the American Cancer Society.http://tryfection.blogspot.com/2012/09/buying-bagels-to-fight-cancer.htmlfor more details....more

Run for the Cure

Every year the CIBC Run for the Cure takes place across Canada. It is a 5k or 1k run or walk that raises not only funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, but also awareness for the need for continued research....more

How Breast Cancer and a Blog Remind Us About Using Social Media for Good

Dena Stern has breast cancer and a blog. The first fact is the fuel for why she is taking to the Internet to spread awareness about monthly self-breast examinations. The second fact is how this message is spreading across the Internet, jumping from one social media account to the next.  I don't know Dena at all.  But someone connected to her passed her story to someone else who passed her story to Josh who passed her story to me.  And that -- to me -- is the definition of the World Wide Web and how we can use it as a platform for spreading awareness. ...more
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Two Roads

If you had the chance to change your fate, would you?That question came at me recently while sitting with my boys in a theater watching a trailer for the movie, "Brave."  The main character, a young girl named Merida, asks that very question as the film fades to black leaving the opening date looming large on the screen....more

The Mammogram

On Thursday, May 17th, I experienced my first mammogram. ...more

Breast Cancer Patients A Mother’s Day Gift From The Supreme Court - Returns BRCA1 & BRCA2 Genes To Women

Robert Graham Reporting From Baylor College Of Medicine Houston, Texas May 11,2012 PressWire Hybrid Medical Media:Breast Cancer Patients A Mother’s Day Gift From The Supreme Court - Returns BRCA1 & BRCA2 Genes To WomenHybrid Medical Media reports that the Supreme Court remanded the case of The Association for Molecular Pathology, et al., v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., et al (Docket No. 11-725) to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. The question is should one company have all the rights...more

Humiliated Elizabeth Edwards ripped her blouse and bra off at airport.

"You don't see me anymore," Elizabeth Edwards screamed as she tore off her blouse and bra, revealing breasts deformed by the grueling treatment inflicted on breast cancer victims. John Edwards “didn't have much of a reaction,” testified Christina Reynolds, a former Edwards communications adviser and friend of his wife....more

The Stories Of Friends

I had dinner last night with an old friend. I just snickered out loud as I wrote that - Linda is older than me, and I love to tease her about it. She’s only got twelve years years on me, but I play it up as much as I can. Years ago, when I was showing off the ultrasound pictures of my first child, Linda was bemoaning the fact that ultrasounds weren’t standard procedure when she had her girls. I reminded her that back then, doctors probably couldn’t generate ultrasound waves by banging the rocks together in her cave. I know, I’m a good friend like that....more