Many women opt out of breast reconstruction, or “go flat,” after mastectomy, and are happy with their decision One of the first questions for a woman who’s facing a mastectomy is whether to have reconstructive surgery or not. Though breast reconstruction has evolved through the years, not every woman opts in. In fact, one study published in October 2014 in the journal JAMA Surgery revealed that … [Read more...] about Why These Women Said ‘No’ to Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy
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Sheryl Kraft is worried about her husband’s ever-smaller circle of pals. How can she help? Is it even her place to help? Through the years as life becomes more complicated—we marry, divorce, move, change jobs, fall ill—friendships can become thorny and tumultuous, rather than fluid and flush. Read the full article on nexttribe.com. … [Read more...] about What to Do When Your Husband Has No Friends
Hi! It's been a while...a long while, since I wrote here. Call it COVID-19-related craziness? fatigue? overwhelmed-ness? (Wait, is that last one even a word? Well, now it is. It's my word.) Anyhow, COVID-19 has not only stopped the world, but it stopped me in my tracks for a little while, too. I'm happy to report I've made it through the virus and now I'm fully recovered. But the … [Read more...] about My Covid Journey (and The New York Times)
...But there must be something. Just as the first shelter-in-place directives were shouting their way around the world, I found my moods wildly ping-ponging between those YOU-DONT-WANT-TO-GO-THERE places of panic, sadness, insecurity and despair. By this time in our so-called midlife, only a select and lucky few are unfamiliar with these emotions. By now, most (all?) of us have suffered … [Read more...] about What is COVID Teaching Us? Damned if I Know…
Covid-19 is so challenging and confounding to everyone in so many ways, especially health experts who are in a desperate race to put all the pieces together. From my perspective, one thing (there are so many!) that is so very odd: Why do some people who test positive for the virus have mild - or no - symptoms, while others are suffering and worse, dying? It's so hard to believe that this … [Read more...] about Underlying Conditions & Covid-19