In a recent newsletter, I invited subscribers to send me some photos of their special non-human cancer companions. My dogs Elsie and Sophie have been such special eye witnesses and secret keepers for me and I thought what a great chance for us all to share more about these wonderful creatures who come into our lives when we are at our most vulnerable. So thank you to those of you who sent me photos. I loved looking at every one of them. I whittled things down a bit and picked a few to share based on who sent them in first. I would be more than willing to do this again sometime down the road if there’s interest. So let me know. I love involving you, my dear readers, whenever I can. (more…)
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…)
Part of educated awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month is learning as much as possible about all aspects of this disease. Advocacy cannot be complete if we do not tell the whole story and part of the whole story is that male breast cancer can and does happen. Being a BRCA2+ mother of two sons (and a daughter too), this topic takes on even more significance in my family. But of course as we all know, breast cancer can happen in any family. (more…)
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month (actually all year long now) it sometimes seems as if there is a tug-of-war going on between the I can’t get enough of pink/pink ribbons side and the let’s unravel the ribbons and throw ‘em (and pink) all out side.
Does this tug-of-war leave you feeling confused? (more…)
Many troubling shortcomings regarding the “pinking” of October have been exposed, but perhaps the most glaring failure of all has been the consistent disregard, yes even shunning, of the metastatic breast cancer community. It’s ironic, frustrating and completely irresponsible (not to mention cruel) to not more fully embrace this segment of the breast cancer community in awareness, support and research efforts. Thankfully, this is slowly changing. (more…)