I am a breast cancer survivor. I’m also a BRCA 1 mutation carrier, meaning my parents gave me life, along with a gene that puts me at very high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. There are other genes that increase a person’s risk for these cancers. There are genes that put people at risk […]
Did you know that’s it’s National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week? As a breast cancer survivor, this is an important time for me… not only to celebrate my life, but also to build awareness for breast and ovarian cancer. Back in 2010, FORCE, or Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, passed a Congressional resolution […]
Mutation carriers can choose to have surgery to remove the breasts, ovaries, and tubes before cancer occurs. Angelina Jolie chose to have those surgeries.
My Personal Story on Breast Cancer Awareness I am a breast cancer survivor in the middle of the five-year, “wait and watch” nail-biter to see if I am cured. The cancer I had was aggressive. It was the high-grade, triple negative type that got looks of sympathy and sighs of relief from the other women […]
Breast lumps and false alarms are not new for me. I have had many lumps, bumps and cysts biopsied over the years. This little pea was definitely something different.
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.
This is the first week of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October. And this blog article is Part 2 of the Thriving Series, our 5-part series sharing Dr. Bailey’s tips for going beyond surviving cancer, to thriving. As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been fundamentally and wholly afraid of getting breast cancer. […]
Have you or someone you love been hit with the diagnosis of breast cancer? Odds are you have. This year, 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in their lifetime. This means that you already know, will know – or will be – a woman with breast cancer….like me. This is Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer […]
In her New York Times op-ed, Angelina Jolie Pitt shared what she learned during her five days of waiting for critical cancer tests. She said, “The beautiful thing about such moments in life is that there is so much clarity. You know what you live for and what matters. It is polarizing, and it is peaceful.” In […]
These great questions came in from reader Isabelle as a comment on my post celebrating my first day back at work after “The Breast Cancer Year.” Thank you Isabelle, this is a great pair of questions. Frankly, from what I can tell, all of us chemo and mastectomy gals have these questions – I did too. […]