Tag Archives: Health education

Alcohol and Breast Cancer

In the early days of Pink’tober a fellow blogger ranted about a restaurant who wanted to advertise on her blog. Her objection was that the restaurant was offering a drink special, and that alcohol was a risk factor for breast cancer – so how dare they advertise a drink discount in association with breast cancer.… Read More »

Breast cancer awareness isn’t about pink ribbons

Until I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was not aware of it! October came and went with lots of pink ribbons, pink running shoes, TV commercials about various breast cancer charities, dumb games on Facebook, and requests for donations to some unknown charity with breast cancer in the title at the grocery store. None… Read More »

Flexibility … and some good news …

One thing I can say for certain, the cancer journey is anything but predictable. I had all of these plans made based upon when my chemo dates would finish … and now things are going to get crazy again. My first appointment this morning was with radiation oncology. I saw a resident who was clearly… Read More »

Pathological Complete Response and Comments on Reconstruction

I’ve been reading up a bit on the expected pathology reports for post-mastecotomy after neoadjuvant chemotherapy (that is, what should I be hoping for in the pathology after chemo – and what does that mean?). To start with my new term for the day is “pathological complete response” or pCR – this indicates the degree… Read More »

Sometimes feeling better is cosmetic but you don’t see it

This is the second time that I’ve heard this – having nipples makes a huge difference to self confidence (thanks Stacey for the honest and open blog post). There is a company that makes temporary rub-on nipple tattoos for women post-mastectomy. You can even buy them in variety packs, to help you decide which colour… Read More »

Sunscreen

[Update: Several people recommend the following website for a list of Environmentally friendly / chemical friendly sunscreens: http://www.ewg.org/2014sunscreen/best-sunscreens/best-beach-sport-sunscreens/] So, I have a question. The folks as Breast Cancer Fund have indicated that some of the chemicals used in sunscreens are endocrine disruptors and are therefore bad. The article on harmful chemicals is here: Sunscreens (UV Filters).… Read More »

Another reflection on chemo brain

[Free Webinar Wednesday, Sept 17, 9am PDT, noon EDT on chemo brain – http://www.lbbc.org/Events/2014-09-17-Chemobrain] A great blog post by Anne Boyer crossed my twitter stream today. In it she talks about her experience with chemo brain after her first cycle of AC chemo. I encourage you to read her post before continuing with this one, as… Read More »

#thisiswhatdepressionlookslike

This post has been inspired by a mix of things, not the least of which is how I am feeling at the moment. With the recent passing of Robin Williams, my Facebook and Twitter feeds have been filled with tributes but also warnings about depression. One of the Unitarian Ministers on my Facebook feed (yes… Read More »

My Buddha Belly

It may sound dumb but one of my biggest worries about not getting reconstruction is that I’ll look funny. I’ll have a flat chest but a buddha belly. I’m more scared about the buddha belly than I am about the flat chest. I know my choice for surgery. I know I ‘want’ a double-mastectomy. Want… Read More »