My Medical Choice vs. Health Care Reality

"My Medical Choice", is a recent Opinion piece in the New York Times.  It is an article written by Angelina Jolie in which she shares her story about choosing to have a preventative mastectomy.1   Also called a prophylactic mastectomy, she chose to have this surgery because she was diagnosed with the BRCA1 gene.  She's speaking out about this to spread her story in hopes that she may encourage other women be proactive. "Today it is possible to find out through a blood test whether you are highly susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer, and then take action."  -Angelina ...more

What Breast Cancer Taught Me

One of the hardest things a person can hear from their physician is the words "You have cancer." In January of 2013 two women in my immediate family were diagnosed with breast cancer and so began the journey. They did not have the same type of breast cancer so they took a different path when it came time for treatment. One would have the tumours removed, still keep her breast and begin chemotherapy. The other would undergo a radical mastectomy with no treatments to follow as this very rare cancer appears not to respond to chemo, hormonal or radiation therapies....more

Preventative Mastectomy: Angelina Jolie's Very Public Choice

Faced with an 87-percent chance of getting breast cancer due to carrying the BRCA1 gene, Angelina Jolie chose to undergo a double mastectomy, she revealed in an op-ed published yesterday in the New York Times. ...more
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Coconut for Life's Journey

I do a lot with coconut--a lot. I guess you can call me an addict. So when a blogleague (colleague+blogger) issued the call for posts of recipes from a cookbook whose co-author had been diagnosed with cancer, I answered....more

Chemo Brain: It's NOT all in your head!

The good news and bad news are the same: "Chemo brain" isn't all in your head! A new study of 189 breast cancer patients who had recently undergone treatments (and before starting endocrine hormone-replacement therapy) found that there were actual changes to their brain after treatment.Of the 189 patients, 2/3 had breast-conserving surgery, more than 1/2 had chemo and 3/4 had radiation....more

Lara's Story

From the moment I met Lara nearly 14 years ago, I would have never guessed I’d sit here today and write about the tremendous struggle she faced over this past year.  This struggle would end on December 3, 2012, as this would be the day of her final chemo treatment.  An emotional yet victorious day for her and a day that would bring closure to her battle with breast cancer. ...more

The Beauty of a Woman Blog Fest: The Beauty of Women Friends

My mind is occupied with things that aren’t so beautiful.  Things like cancer.  Things like my second close friend in six months undergoing the knife to remove a piece of her that I imagine, as we all have, she’s grown accustomed to looking down at from time to time.  Certainly she’s been painfully aware of its presence recently, if she didn't pay it ...more

Feeling lucky & saying no to chemo

Decision made. At 9:45PM I took my first 20mg of Tamoxifen, having spent the better part of the weekend prowling every corner of the Internet in hopes of finding someone to validate my decision, to tell me unequivocally that having weighed the relative merits of  treatment with or without adjuvant chemotherapy, Tamoxifen would be enough. Enough for me not to die from cancer....more

Breast Cancer Chemotherapy Patients Need Their Friends And Family To Help With Fitness and Skin Care

Barron's Medical Journal Reporting From George R Brown Convention Center National Basketball Association All-Star Game Houston, Texas And Rice University Houston, Texas USABreast Cancer Chemotherapy Patients Needs Their Friends And Family Help With Fitness and Skin Care...more