When my oncologist told me I needed a chemo port as part of cancer treatment, I was in shock. Port placement was the first procedure followed by many surgeries, and 4 months of hardcore chemo. I wasn’t sure I was going to survive the cancer. But if I did, I sure did not want an ugly horizontal scar to remind me of cancer forever.
Cold winter weather makes it hard to want to go outdoors, short days make you want to be home and cozy, and good TV shows keep you up and make you want to sleep in. I need motivation, and it just came into my email box from the National Cancer Institute.
The National Cancer Institute has just updated the list of infectious agents known to cause cancer, and it’s growing. Some of these infections are contagious, even by simply sharing food. The risk factors for ‘catching’ these germs are evolving. Even living a careful life is not insurance enough.
I am on a sabbatical to finish writing a book I started during The Cancer Year. The book is about my path to taming the chaos of the life-abducting, major health calamity. I evolved from a fragile, emotional and physical trainwreck with a dismal prognosis to a survivor with a rosy prognosis, and then onto […]
Writing is an endeavor I would never have guessed for myself, and yet, I’ve come to love it. My penchant for this unlikely form of expression started with my dermatology blog. I love writing my blog for you. It has mushroomed with a calling to write a book about how to be really sick and survive, and then thrive.
Infographics are pictorial ways to relay information. My dermatology and skin health infographic topics range from sun protection and skin cancer to how to apply self tanner. I’ve got one on the BRCA gene too. Take a look and please share them.
Breast and Ovarian Cancer Awareness months are wrapping up – but, of course, the diseases will continue to play out in our lives. I want to be sure that the lessons learned and stories shared these past two months will help you. These are common cancers and we are all touched one way or another. I […]
We are nearing the end of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And this is Part 5 of Dr. Bailey’s Thriving Series – her 5-part blog series sharing insights and personal experiences for going beyond surviving cancer, to thriving. Changing how she treated herself was the last and most important aspect that made it possible for Dr. Bailey to […]
Most attention during Breast Cancer Month is focused on women. We all need to know that men get breast cancer too. When men get breast cancer, the signs of cancer are the same as they are in women. However, a huge difference is that men are not regularly screened with mammography. Even during a physical medical exam men may […]
It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this article is Part 4 of Dr. Bailey’s Thriving Series, her 5-part blog series sharing insights and personal experiences for going beyond surviving cancer, to thriving. I always prefer to be the one ‘doing the giving.’ I always repay a favor by reciprocating at least what was given to me, and ideally more. I’ve always […]