Did Cancer Make You More Grateful?

One of my biggest cancer pet peeves is the one about cancer turning you into a new and improved version of your former self. Somehow cancer makes you a better person. I don’t agree with that premise and have written about it in more depth here. Another cancer expectation out there is that following your cancer diagnosis, you become more grateful. I’ve thought about this one from time to time and since it’s the month of thankfulness and gratitude, I’m wondering about it again. (more…)

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A Guest Post by Mary Landberg, Author of “Enduring Love,” & a Giveaway!

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, so the timing is perfect for me to feature a guest post from Mary Landberg, author of Enduring Love:  Inspiring Stories of Love and Wisdom at the End of Life. Mary is a hospice RN and she has incorporated her love of photography into her hospice work by taking photographs during as Mary calls it, this sacred time in her patients’ lives. One regret I do have about the time when my mother was dying, is that we did not take photographs. Yes, I have memories from those days that I will carry with me always, but I do wish I had that one photo…

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Who Should Take the ‘Heat’ for the Melissa Etheridge/Sheryl Crow AARP Article?

I wasn’t going to blog about the recent Melissa Etheridge and Sheryl Crow AARP article that caused a bit of a ruckus on social media and elsewhere. Sometimes I just get weary of this celebrity stuff. But I guess you can tell how my plan to keep silent turned out…

Sometimes I wish celebrities would just keep quiet about their disease woes and triumphs, but then they do often provide fodder for bloggers like me, right? That’s supposed to be sarcasm. Seriously though, I am all for everyone and anyone (including celebrities) sharing personal stories about cancer or whatever it might be. I am totally for free speech, sharing stories, offering advice, reaching out to help others and so on. But what I do not support is someone coming across as making her story the right story as Melissa Etheridge seemed to do in this piece, or more specifically, in the ‘lessons for all of us to learn’ image at the end of the article, which is the focus of this post. (more…)

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Ten Things to Consider When Contemplating Breast Reconstruction

It’s been three years since I finished up the very long and winding road of breast reconstruction, so I thought it might be a good time for me to share a few things that I feel are worth thinking about before choosing breast reconstruction. Most of them apply if you’re going the prophylactic route too. Four years have passed since my diagnosis and three since completing my recon project, so I have had a little time now to think about the choices I made and if truth be told, I might very well choose differently if I were facing the same scenario today. (more…)

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Nipple Envy

I admit it; I ‘suffer’ from nipple envy. I have been for quite some time, but yet it’s taken me a long while to publish this post. I’m not entirely sure why. Okay, yes I am. Nipple talk is awkward. Nipples are such tiny features of our anatomy, but they are pretty darn important features, especially if you’re a woman. For some reason discussing nipples is awkward for most of us. Maybe the more we say the word out loud, the less awkward it will become. So let’s talk nipples…

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