Friday, April 22, 2011

"Celebrate Life" cruise aims to raise survivor's spirits, funds

This sounds like a good time. A "Celebrate Life" cruise designed to give survivors and families a chance to have some fun. The event also raises funds for Komen.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

A new trend: Programs to help survivors heal

 I am so glad to here that these are emerging. My personal belief is that post-oncology care needs to be a new specialty.
It's also something people who are just diagnosed may want to ask. What kind of care will you have for me after I am done with active treatment?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Alright Tit / "The C Word" Review

So I have kind of reached the point where I thought I knew about most of the breast cancer books that were out there. Then somehow while browsing Amazon on Ambien I bought a copy of "The C Word."

I know I keep thinking the title sounds like a cross between the Showtime programs "The L Word" and "The Big C."

So this tattered, British, cancer book that I don't even remember ordering shows up in the mail. I put it on a shelf for a few weeks, and grabbed it before I left on a 5 hours trip via Greyhound.

I loved it. I read the whole thing before I even hit traffic for the Lincoln Tunnel.

So right off here is a link to the authors blog, hey she ever writes on blogger just like me!

So here are the two reasons I loved Lisa Lynch's book.

One the fact that it is set in the UK. I know she would cringe at "Bridget Jones gets breast cancer," but it's the most economical way I could put it. It is kind of fun in an odd way to see what this dreadful experience is like in another country, with different foods, and so forth.

Now there are plenty of books that do a good job of describing surgery, chemo, and radiation. (Which the Brits describe as radiotherapy, which I think sounds much healthier, like a dose of Groovin' Oldies or Urban Contemporary could cure you.)

What I loved was Lynch's focus on the confusing muddle of life after treatment. While her treatment and diagnosis was different than my own, I really recognized the confusing world that follows breast cancer treatment, especially when you are young.

I even read on her blog that the BBC is developing a TV show based on the book. So if you are looking for the perfect beach book about breast cancer, I do not think you will be disappointed.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sweet Sign

I found this article and this sign touching.
It pays tribute to a Tulsa police officer who lost her life to breast cancer.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Cali Considers a Breast Density Bill

"Like concrete!"

I can't remember which doctor made this comment about my poor breasts.

But I do remember running into one of the radiologists who did my wire insertion. She didn't recognize me dressed without a wire sticking out of me. I said "It's me, really dense breast tissue lady?"

Her face lit up with recognition.

Nobody had ever really talked about breast tissue density with me, I mean apparently I had tissue so dense Ted Drewes could name a dessert after me.

I guess dense tissue is a risk factor, and now a bill before the California State Senate would require a woman be told her density at a mammogram.

What do you think?  Are we just gonna freak out the dense but B-9 among us? I think if I had known this was a risk factor I would have started screening younger.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Rene Zellweger, Tommy Hilfiger create groovy purse for BC charity

Ok time for a little celebrity news. Rene Zellwerger and Tommy Hifiger have teamed up to created a groovy bag. 100 dollars from each purse will go to a charity that provides financial assistance to women living with BC.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Breast Cancer Survivor to head DNC

Reports say Florida Rep. Debbi Wasserman Shultz will be the next head of the Democratic National Committee.

She is a breast cancer survivor and spoke last year in Atlanta at the YSC.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Reducing anxiety in breast cancer survivors

Oncology is an interesting business. I don't know why patient mental health is not a key part of the whole "you've got cancer," experience.

I realize oncologists are busy killing cancer cells, doing research, and all sorts of paperwork.

Most cancer centers have social workers, but most patients do not get help unless they specifically ask for it.

I really think everyone who is diagnosed should be offered help right off the bat, and this next study kind of shows why.

It points to which woman have anxiety about recurrence. Communication is key in reducing anxiety. Management of side effects is also key.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Breast Cancer Recovery Can Grow in a Garden

Interesting study about the healing properties of gardening for breast cancer patients.