Tag Archives: Identity declaration

Cancer language and the war metaphor

As much as I hate war … I must admit that the war metaphor for cancer is working for me right now. There are many bloggers who talk about what is wrong with the war metaphor (fighting cancer, cancer as a battle, etc) – and in particular how that metaphor is problematic when someone doesn’t… Read More »

Doing what I can to improve the experience for others

On Wednesday, November 19th I was wheeled around to various departments as part of my pre-surgery preparation. As part of this, I was seen by mammography, where they placed three wires in my breasts. These wires were guides for the surgeons – to show them where each of my tumor were. When I returned from… Read More »

Breast reconstruction (academic analysis)

In preparation for my consult with plastic surgery this week, I’ve been doing some reading on patient satisfaction after breast reconstruction. I began by asking the medical information officers at Bay Area Cancer Connections for a link to a few articles. From there, the academic in me took over, and I search and read a… 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 »

Reflections on the last few days …

“But I’m happy to be alive”. I read this a lot in breast cancer social media streams. The sense that people are going through all these invasive treatments, and that the treatments are saving them. They live through adversity and are happy to be alive at no matter what additional pains and discomforts are thrown in… Read More »

The mixed blessings of support groups

I have found that support groups are a mixed blessing. I have been going to two face-to-face groups, but also have ‘connected’ support groups on Facebook. The face-to-face and online groups provide different kinds of support, and I find that I need both. The online groups provide day-to-day support and often give me quick answers… 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 »