Breast Cancer

10 Insights after a Cancer Diagnosis

Now imagine yourself listening to a specialist in this field of cancer treatment basically telling you that father time, cloaked in his black garments and clutching a sharpened scythe, has established his death-dealing self within your body. You have choices to make. Here’s 10 incites that will probably happen with that diagnosis:

When Breast Cancer Gets in Life’s Way

From an extended family member, I learned about Kimberly, the mother of a 15-year-old daughter. On this Mother’s Day, Kimberly and her daughter will likely make the most of every minute because Kimberly is in Stage 4 breast cancer.

Embracing My Sensitivity

I discovered yesterday that my sensitivity to spoken  words is a weakness, a fault, and a chip on my shoulder. Admittedly, I’m a sensitive person.  I can cry watching car commercials.  Tears flood my eyes when I watch adorable pet videos on You Tube.  A beautifully worded poem will cost my box of tissue about 10 tissues.  When a soulful guitar solo wafts towards my ears, the whites of my eyes turn red and I sniffle through the song.  Yes, I’m a []

Now I’ve A Soon-To-Be Celebrity Cat

Author’s Note:  Here’s the link to the podcast on Animal Radio http://animalradio.com/top.php         The interview begins at 00:33:20   Before the day’s commotion begins I like to rise ahead of the sun and either soak under the stars in the hot tub or spend quiet moments in a chair in mindful contemplation.  Don’t get too impressed with this early riser routine of mine.  It’s a reluctant pleasure. Today’s late winter morning, in the 5 a.m. neighborhood, and the day after some serious gardening, []

Dying on Facebook

Between the continuing events in Japan, the breakdown of our own democracy, and the passing of Robert this morning, I can’t seem to get the spirit of the Irish excited enough to don the green or even hunt for a four-leaf clover.

A Pink Ribbon Tale For Disbelievers

understand those who criticize breast cancer research nonprofits and the commercialization of the pink ribbon, along with the high cost of treatment. But now that I am a breast cancer survivor, I’m grateful for the research funded by donations; I don’t care if a large corporate gives a just penny from a profitable sale to breast cancer research (pennies add up), and the day your doctor says “you have cancer,” it may well become the worst day of your life. So when asked if I’d take conventional treatment again, I answer, “In a minute.”

Do I Watch the Farrah Fawcett Documentary?

 June 25, 2009 update:  Editor’s Note: We are sorry to hear of  Farrah Fawcett’s passing.  We pray that she rests in comfort now, and we wish her family and friends peace in her passing. To watch or not to watch, that is the question.  Do I allow myself to wallow down  the depths of celebrity culture?  Do I watch my usual TCM classic movie instead?  Do I continue plowing through a very boring classic novel? I’m wondering about tonight’s Farrah Fawcett documentary.  Other []

One Breast Cancer Battle Concludes, Another Begins

Today is my first day of becoming Arimidex-free.  The breast cancer battle concludes. Today is the first day of California Sue’s first four-month round of chemo.  Her breast cancer battle continues. California Sue, as I will refer to her to protect her personal life, is the photographer for my elephant seal post under Nature Of…  Sue has honed her nature photo skills with her whimsical signature.  (Note the photo on that post up the elephant seal’s snout.) So, Sue, here’s a photo []