Sunday, June 27, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Not fair! Student on bike dies during breast cancer fundraiser

I know life isn't fair, but this next story about a student being killed during a breast cancer charity bike ride is heartbreaking.

Friday, June 18, 2010

My breast cancer/sports report

O.K. just like in my TV news days, it's time now for sports! (Somehow it works better when you have a cute sportcaster to exchange witty banter with.) Let's go to the...links?

First up, I'm giving Fox Sports props for their support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The organization doesn't have the highest media profile, but they do great work and devote a very high percentage of their donations to research.

Next up, great little story about a ball game between legislators and reporters to benefit the Young Survival Coalition, another terrific charity, and one that has personally helped me.

I loved this "behind the scenes" article about Marina Navratilova, still red from radiation, playing and broadcasting at the French Open.

And finally, I've met Deanna Favre several times, she is extremely gracious, and I have to say I got a kick out of the Pink Ribbon Edition of the Madden football video game, which benefits her breast cancer foundation.

So, keeping with the newscast theme, I'll kick this with video of water skiing squirrels.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Very creative breast cancer awareness video from Komen North Texas

"Team on Message" sent me a link to their video, it's well worth a click. They found a way to make the breast cancer awareness message fresh and upbeat. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Berry good news
O.K., it's a blog I'm entitled to the occasional pun. Interesting article from U.S. News and World Report about research into the cancer-fighting potential of berries. And hey, it's a good time of year for berries. I will ever share my kitchen secret, I "macerate" strawberries and blueberries with a bit of balsamic vinegar and sugar. It makes them extra yummy with yogurt or anything else. It's my 4th of July dessert tradition.

By the way, I just do it by eye, but here is the original recipe from Martha I use frozen yogurt and granola instead of biscuits and creme fraiche.

  • 12 ounces assorted berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • One 8-ounce container creme fraiche
  • Amaretti biscuits


  1. Combine berries in a medium bowl. Sprinkle with sugar and vinegar. Let sit, stirring occasionally, until berries soften and start to release juices, about 30 minutes.
  2. Layer berries with creme fraiche in parfait glasses. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 3 hours. Just before serving, sprinkle with crumbled amaretti biscuits.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Maura Tierney's comeback takes her to new ABC legal drama

More good news for one of our favorite celebrities, Maura Tierney. The former "ER" actress had to drop out of NBC's "Parenthood" to undergo treatment for breast cancer. I've always felt it was kind of a shame because I think Parenthood is a pretty good show. I did get to catch Tierney's performance on stage here in New York City in the Wooster Group's "North Atlantic. Here is a link to my review.

I saw the show at a time I was really struggling with some late side effects and seeing her full of energy on stage gave me a boost.

According to published reports, Maura's new show is called "The Whole Truth" and will co-star Rob Morrow, best known for "Northern Exposure." It's scheduled to debut in the fall. You go girl!


Saturday, June 12, 2010

My radiation oncologist gets some ink

My medical oncologist gets plenty of press, but this article from ABC News uses my radiation oncologist as a source.
(I know it's not really ink when it's web copy from a network.)
Too bad though about her opinion. I have been interested in the "one blast of radiation during surgery" procedure since I was diagnosed last year.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A big pink truck named Geraldine

I was on the way home from one of my doctor's appointments and I found this parked on my block! A big pink truck belonging to the Metropolitan Recycling Company. I spoke for a moment with the driver who told me the truck was named after the owner's mother, who had breast cancer.

I'll say this, it made me smile to see the combination of recycling and breast cancer awareness.


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Study says: relaxation and coping skills help patients with breast cancer recurrence live longer

I have a deep admiration for people who can learn not to sweat the small stuff after cancer. However I am still a work in progress. As much as my husband would like me to be as serene as a yoga guru, I still get worked up from time to time. So I have mixed feelings about the following article from the Columbus Dispatch. On one hand anything breast cancer women can do that helps their survival is a good thing. However I must admit, it's a lot of pressure not to get stressed out!


Sunday, June 6, 2010

"Walkers for Knockers" and more

Cute sidebar from the Washington Post about the lively lingo on T-shirts at the Washington D.C. Komen fundraiser.