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Breast Cancer Survivor: Four Years Later

Hey I’m still here! It’s been four years since my world was rocked and my life was forever changed… Read the thoughts of a breast cancer survivor…

Women with Breast Cancer Could Avoid Chemotherapy

A few years ago, if a women was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was an automatic chemotherapy and radiation sentence along with whatever surgical options were planned to remove the cancer. I fell into this category with my breast cancer diagnosis. I used these tests to make the agonizing decision whether or not chemotherapy would provide a large enough risk of recurrence to warrant the…

Breast Cancer is an analogy for the Malibu Triathlon

I competed in the 2016 Malibu Triathlon. I was asked to be part of a relay team by my fantastic reconstructive surgeon, who sponsored a team.  Each year her office has dedicated this event to the strong women their practice has been privileged to care for – all breast cancer survivors. These survivors inspire others with their courage, perseverance, and ability to remain positive as their…

7 Things Never To Say To Someone With Breast Cancer

When you first receive that paralyzing breast cancer diagnosis, you are vulnerable, scared, and you literally and figuratively are brought to your knees.  As the news soaks in and you begin to share, it’s just a matter of time before the advice starts rolling in.  People make well-meaning comments that often come from a place of sadness, discomfort, and fear. There isn…

Breast Cancer: Reduce Your Risk and Optimize Your Health

Can I introduce you to the incredible lady who saved my life?  I was very unexpectedly diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 2015. Dr. Kristi Funk was my breast surgeon who performed my double mastectomy to save my life (no biggie!) Dr. Funk is now my friend, supermom to triplet boys, TV show host, breast cancer surgeon to the stars (although I like to…

The Other Side Of Breast Cancer: 3 Years Later

Breast cancer permanently changed my life three years ago today. Each year I spend time thinking about my experience. In a weird way, I think I might even be happier now.  Read my thoughts about life on the ‘other side…

Breast Cancer: Dealing With Survivor Guilt

The hard reality about cancer is that not everyone survives the fight, and it’s very hard to accept that death is a part of this disease.  Read more…

Tamoxifen Side Effects After Breast Cancer Suck!

Great news! If you’re the one in eight women diagnosed with breast cancer, and your particular cancer is hormone positive, ‘all you need’ is surgery, maybe a little radiation, and the magical drug tamoxifen. I say this in jest… read on…

Double Mastectomy: The First 5 Days

I’ve never felt such pain, panic, fear, and devastation after waking from my double mastectomy. It’s hard to even put into words. Read about the first 5 days here…

What To Expect After Double Mastectomy: Day 1 and Day 2

Day 1 and 2 post double mastectomy were by far the worst. The pain was unbearable and the anesthesia slowly moved through her body. Read more here…