Sunday, July 25, 2010

More athletes try to beat breast cancer

More interesting stories featuring athletes raising money for breast cancer charities.This one is about a mixed martial arts fighter auctioning his pink cast.

This one is about fast pitch softball!

Hoping you are playing hard this summer!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Christina Applegate's life after breast cancer

Y'know it's funny I had trouble finding a verb for the above headline. Do we "move on" from cancer? "Recover"? "Graduate'? I know survivor is a handy noun, but as a verb it kinda seems like gruel at the banquet of life. Anyhow good news from BC women is always nice to hear, and with celebrities it takes on a symbolic aspect.

So...Congratulations Christina on your new love and pregnancy.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Sunny Side

Something funny happened the past few weeks. My life took over my attention from cancer. With a move, a new job, and summer activities, cancer (and more specifically my late side effects,) sometimes take a back seat.

It's both exciting and scary. If I forget about fighting cancer, and start enjoying ice cream and beer, am I risking my life? It's kind of like the war on terror. Most of my fellow New York City residents no longer wonder if a passing plane is headed for a skyscraper, yet clearly the risk still exists.

Chemobabe posted today about the post-treatment depression so many of us go through. I am a big fan of special support groups for post-treatment patients, but they are hard to find. Also Hester Hill Schnipper's book, (located in the Amazon widget to the right,) is a big help and a good place to get started.

Much like the weather, my sunny skies are still vulnerable to pop-up showers of fear and concern. But some days....cue the music...I can see clearly.


The Article

I met for tea with a group of cancer survivors and the hot topic was the New York Times article about misdiagnosed DCIS. Will this article cast a shadow on screening? Will the standard of care for DCIS now include a second pathology report?

I wonder how I would feel if  someone told me my cancer was all a mistake?

I once spoke to a doctor who said that the earlier the stage, the MORE emotional stress a woman goes through. This makes sense, DCIS patients sometimes have an overwhelming array of options and opinions about their condition.


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Green Bay residents show true grit during breast cancer fundraiser

I remember covering a parade in Northeast Wisconsin that took place in the rain. Folks there are tough, and as you could see the rain also could not prevent them from raising money for the Breast Cancer Family Foundation.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Jersey girls feel the need for speed

Sorry I have been a little slow on the blog front. I recently moved and our internet connection is slower than molasses. But speaking of speed, this event looks really cute, there are race cars, dancing, and all manner of festivity to raise money for breast cancer charity projects.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fired from job, breast cancer patient wins settlement

I'm not sure if this story makes me happy or sad. I am glad this woman found justice, but sad she was forced to turn to the legal system for restitution. 

Monday, July 5, 2010

4th of July joy

Gosh, something about this holiday really makes me aware of the passage of time. I was diagnosed last summer, 4th of July weekend may have been the last vacation I had "innocent" of breast cancer.

Anyway, here is a link to a special story about hope, the holiday, and breast cancer from KARE-TV, one of the best local tv news departments in the USA. The video player is on the center right of the computer, it's a little tricky to find it.


Friday, July 2, 2010

A sister speaks out.

Read @JodyMS's candid post about why she got off the Tamoxifen train.