I am slightly beyond one-third my way through this cancer clean-up process. Today, I completed radiation treatment #11. (Yes, I count every single one.) It has been an eventful few weeks since I started treatment. I turned 40 on the day of treatment #6. I met with the nutritionist and started to overhaul my diet [...]
I started radiation therapy for my breast cancer today. It’s the first of thirty treatments that I will endure every weekday for 6 weeks. The lull between surgery and the next phase of treatment is such a head-fake. For me, it was 48 days between my surgery date and the beginning of my treatment.
October is the month when we are awash in pink. Pink ribbons, pink shirts, pink hats, pink pins, pink buckets of chicken, and even pink drill bits. The “pink equals awareness” campaign has been overwhelmingly successful in terms of marketing outreach. [...]
There are certain events that are so shocking or devastating that you just can’t help but remember where you were and what you were doing when that happened. This phenomena is called a flashbulb memory, “a highly detailed, exceptionally vivid ‘snapshot’ of the moment and circumstances in which a [...]
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2014, I started researching anything and everything about the disease and the treatments for it. There are plenty of resources that explain procedures from a medical perspective, but there wasn’t anything I could find that explained the procedure from the patient’s point of view. I caught [...]
I’ve been on this cancer journey for 56 days now, and since that time the world has not looked or sounded the same to me. Cancer changes everything. It changes the way I see the world, the way I deal with other people, and the way I react to everyday occurrences. Cancer has also changed my language. Words like warrior, [...]
The funny thing about being a cancer patient is the expectation that everyone has about your appearance. What do you visualize when you think of someone with cancer? Skinny? Bald? Pale and sickly? Someone who is sad and barely clinging to life?
Now, what do you visualize when you think of someone with breast cancer? [...]