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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…

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…

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…

What To Expect On Double Mastectomy Day

This is ‘Hot Hubby’ taking over the blogging for the day.
Sam is in surgery now, and I’ve assumed the controls (insert Dr. Evil laugh here).  It seriously takes an anesthesiologist for me to get a word in. But, if you know her, you know that already…

5 Things to Do after a Cancer Diagnosis

1.  Get multiple opinions and choose your breast surgeon wisely When I received my cancer diagnosis, I needed to quickly find a breast surgeon and reconstructive surgeon. I reached out to friends who had traveled this journey, friends in the medical industry, and of course the internet. I felt fortunate to live in a city with some of the best medical care in the world…

10 Things Breast Cancer Taught Me

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I never dreamed it would all be so complicated. I also didn’t realize I’d have to make decisions that would affect my ‘survival rate’ or ‘cancer recurrence rate.’ I thought a team of doctors would tell me what to do. Everybody I met had a different opinion, and ultimately, I had to…

Mastectomy: What You Can Expect

So I was just given a cancer diagnosis … now what? After receiving my breast cancer diagnosis in late March, I quickly scheduled consults with breast and reconstructive surgeons. I needed to remove these vile, growing, tumors, STAT! I wanted multiple opinions, and as I quickly discovered, there wasn’t a ‘one size fits all’ to breast cancer. I’d need to remove the tumors, have…

Diagnosed with Breast Cancer…What Now?

My world as I knew it changed on March 27, 2015. I was a 43-year-old mom of two very active boys, wife of 17 years to Hot Hubby, active, non-smoker, with no family history of cancer. We work hard and play hard. Perfect right? Turns out that none of that mattered when I was unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer.
After my diagnosis…