The Genetic Frontier

The advance of medicine within my lifetime alone has been incredible. And the information available to patients? Comprehensive, to say the least. (Obviously, as with my post from yesterday, our own coping mechanisms may limit the information that we seek, but it’s still there if we want to search it out.) When my parents were…Read more »

What Makes a Woman?

When I was very young, my mother read to me the old nursery rhyme, “What Are Little Boys Made Of?” Little girls are made of “sugar and spice and everything nice.” But what about women? Those of us with breast cancer face many difficult questions, including treatment and surgery options. A part of this, of…Read more »

Turning on the Light

For the past several weeks, my reading has tended toward fiction, generally lighter fare selected from Kindle’s seemingly endless supply. Truly I love my Kindle for that reason. What bookworm wouldn’t? Although an occasional escape into fiction-land can be a positive thing, when it is continual it is probably not so good. As for me,…Read more »

On Being Rare

Believe me, I’ve become used to doctors being unsure about what’s going on with me. Whether it is an overly large tumor or simply not recovering from an infection, doctors of all backgrounds have often been confused when facing me on an examination table. But now I sometimes feel a bit like a carnival attraction.…Read more »

Cancer…Yada, Yada

If everything goes well, this week should be a finale of sorts for me. Tomorrow will be my sixth chemo treatment in this series, the final one (hopefully). After going through cancer treatment and surgery in 2004 and again this year, I am simultaneously bored with my own cancer and thrilled to dive into advocacy…Read more »