Life events can be a series of the simple and straightforward. A situation happens; we deal with it. And then, we move on. Except when they're not simple and straightforward. Consider breast cancer. Those two words are often wrought with a much more complicated and oftentimes knotty web to navigate. What comes before breast cancer: A feeling of relative security; a going-about-my-life … [Read more...] about What Comes After Breast Cancer?
It’s hard to ignore that this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But for me, a survivor, every month is Breast Cancer Awareness month – no, let me amend that – it’s more like every day. That’s because it’s rare for a day to pass without either thinking abut my own health and doing all I can to stay on top of it; reading about a new study or treatment or hearing about someone who has been diagnosed … [Read more...] about In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
This essay is in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month - plus all other 11 months of the year - I'm reflecting on an experience that has rattled me and turned me inside out and back again. I'm also remembering, missing and mourning all the dear friends I've lost (especially my two best friends, Wendy and Shelley). And lastly, I'm holding each and every women who is fighting breast … [Read more...] about On Being a Survivor
Even today, 26 years after experiencing what it feels like to be 'that' person, it's can be hard for me to figure out what to say when someone else gets diagnosed with cancer. I know that when I was going through it, there were so many - too many - people around me who let me down. It was only once I recovered from the throes of illness - getting through the shock of the diagnosis, the … [Read more...] about Knowing What to Say to a Friend With Cancer
Actress Rita Wilson, who recently announced her breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent double mastectomy, did the right thing when she sought out a second opinion. And doing so might have saved her life. But too many of us are hesitant to question a medical diagnosis: a 2005 Gallup Poll that surveyed 5,000 Americans found that about half reported "never" seeking a second opinion and a paltry … [Read more...] about Why Second Opinions Count
We all have defining moments. Do you think they chart the course of our lives? Yesterday, like on most other days, I startled when my alarm went off at 7:00 AM. And like on most other days, I routinely made my way to the bathroom, shuffled into the kitchen, pressed the button on my coffeemaker to brew myself my usual dose of caffeine. Stirred in the half and half. Waddled into my … [Read more...] about Defining Moments