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The PBS Documentary, “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” – My Review

Recently dear hubby and I sat down to watch the PBS documentary – Ken Burns Presents, Cancer:  The Emperor of All Maladies, a film by Barak Goodman, based on the 2010 Pulitzer-Prize winning book, The Emperor of All Maladies:  A Biography of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukherjee. I read the book a couple of years ago and thought it was very good, though I did have to take many breaks and read and re-read sections at times. It took me a really long time to get through it. I’ve become a very slow reader and yes, I do attribute this in part to my cancer treatment. (more…)

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Getting Past the Fear, An Update & a Giveaway too!

I am excited to offer all of you, my dear readers, a chance to win a FREE copy of my book, Getting Past the Fear:  A Guide to Help You Mentally Prepare for Chemotherapy. For details on how to be part of this giveaway, keep reading. Getting Past the Fear has been in print for one year, so this is a way for me to say thank you for all your support. (more…)

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When Chemo Day Arrives

Are you facing chemotherapy for the first time soon, or do you care about someone who is? Are you (or are they) feeling afraid? Are you wondering what to expect on that first infusion day? If so, reading this excerpt from my book, Getting Past the Fear:  A Guide to Help You Mentally Prepare for Chemotherapy, just might help.  (more…)

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If Angelina Jolie and I Could Chat, Part 2

Two years ago when Angelina Jolie startled the world by sharing about her decision to undergo a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy because of her high cancer risk due to her BRCA1 positive status, reaction was swift and widespread. People came out of the woodwork offering their opinions and reactions to her personal, yet publicly shared decision. I wrote about my reaction too. You can read that post here if you’d like. Recently, after a cancer scare, Ms. Jolie shared about her decision to go ahead and have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as well. (more…)

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#DontIgnoreStageIV #MetsMonday – Let’s Keep “Stomping”!

Do you ever wonder if what you do matters? Do you ever wonder if your voice is ever really heard? Who doesn’t, right? Sometimes I wonder about these things too. Sometimes I wonder if my little old blog makes any difference at all – I mean a real difference. Or am I mostly just preaching to the choir. After all, it’s mostly people impacted by cancer who read cancer blogs, who read my blog. Don’t get me wrong. I love and appreciate all of you, my dear readers; but for the most part, if you’re reading my blog, you probably pretty much agree with most of the stuff I say. You’re probably already very much aware of the needs of the metastatic breast cancer community. So does what I say or you say matter? (more…)

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