November is a month of transitions. In my little corner of the world, it generally gets chillier with each passing day. Daylight decreases. A lot. Skies seem grayer. Weather forecasters start inserting into their forecasts words like freezing rain, snow flurries, weather advisories and sometimes even winter storm warnings.Read More...
I am pleased to feature another guest post during HBOC Week written by a young previvor who made some big decisions that no one her age (or any age) should have to make. Thanks for sharing your story, Carly. Women like you and Helen might not be celebrities, but your stories matter just as much – maybe more.Read More...
I am pleased and excited to offer not one, but two guest posts this week during Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week. The first is from previvor Helen Smith. Helen faced her astoundingly painful family history of cancer head on and made tough life-altering decisions to try to keep cancer at bay.
Thank you, Helen, for sharing your story.Read More...
Sandwiched right in there during the last days of September and first days of October is the week known as National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week. It’s strategically assigned to this calendar slot – a bridge of sorts between September’s Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.Read More...
Since Angelina Jolie recently announced to the world she had undergone a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy, it seems like hereditary breast and ovarian cancers have been in the news a lot. A celebrity spin on any topic generates buzz on a whole new level. This is mostly a good thing and I applaud Ms. Jolie for coming forward.Read More...
By now probably almost everyone has heard or read about the Supreme Court’s decision on June 13th to strike down Myriad Genetics’ patents on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. In case you haven’t, you can catch up here or here.
All nine Supreme Court Judges concurred on this one; the decision was unanimous. Did we really need nine judges from the highest court in the land to tell us that patenting human genes is a no-no?Read More...
When Angelina Joilie’s story broke last week, I knew I had to get going on this post. Her story was the perfect lead in. Some call Angelina a hero; I’m not sure I’d say that, but I certainly do applaud her decision to go public about her prophylactic bilateral mastectomy.
Enough about her, though. I’d like to tell you about a group of women of the non-celebrity type who definitely are heroes to me.Read More...