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Cancer Is All About Worry

Cancer is all about worry. 

Cancer causes a domino effect of worry. One worry leads to another. When you first find your lump or whatever clue finally gives your sneaky cancer away, you worry about what might or might not be. You worry about if you should tell anyone, make that doctor appointment, or schedule that diagnostic mammogram. But finally, you do what you have to do.

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Aromatase Inhibitors, 5 Years, Now What? Part 2

As I mentioned in my previous post, I have passed the five year mark of being on an aromatase inhibitor. So now what? I have decided I am going to stay on Aromasin. I do not know how long I will stay on it, but I am going to hang in there for a while longer. I want to stress that my decision should not necessarily be your decision. Believe me, I get it if you decide something different. I totally understand and respect the decisions others make regarding these meds. Many women (and men) do not stay on for the full five years. Some of us, me included, take breaks. Others skip a pill here and there (Yes, I have done that). Still others, pop that darn little white pill no matter what and do not understand how anyone could consider not doing so.  (more…)

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Walls We Build In Cancer Land

How many times have you heard it said that no one understands what you’re going through unless they’ve walked in your shoes? We hear this all the time and not just in Cancer Land, of course. But in Cancer Land, I read it and hear it said often. And for some reason it always bothers me. Hence this post, which may or may not step on some toes. I don’t know. That’s not my intent, of course. (more…)

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Do You Sometimes Feel Defeminized By Cancer?

Does this sound like a loaded question or what? I think it’s a very interesting one, and it’s one I have been thinking about for a long time. Cancer changes things. It just does. One day I was trying to make a list of areas of my life that have not been impacted by cancer, and I couldn’t come up with much to put on my list. So again, cancer changes things. Does it change everything? Well, maybe not everything, but it comes pretty darn close, or at least it feels like it on some days, right? (more…)

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Beauty from Ashes – A Guest Post by Previvor, Melissa Johnson Voight

Wednesday, September 30, is National Previvor Day, a day set aside during Hereditary Breast & Ovarian Cancer Week (HBOC) to recognize previvors. What’s a previvor? Someone who carries a predisposition (family history or hereditary mutation or other predisposing factor) to cancer, but does not have the disease.  I am pleased to share a wonderful guest post by my friend and previvor, Melissa Johnson Voight. Melissa shares her story about testing positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation and what she decided to do about it. Thank you, Melissa, for sharing your story at Nancy’s Point. (more…)

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