Awareness Is Personal

Clutter in the attic. Wisely, I took two weeks off work during the beginning of Pinktober. This allowed me to post, comment, and hopefully help push the dialogue about genuine breast cancer awareness during the much-dreaded month of pointless pinksploitation. Highlights included promoting the efforts of Met Up, featuring the Die-In that took place in […]

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Nurse Navigators for Cancer Patients: Do They Help?

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, I felt like I was stepping down an indifferently-lit staircase into the Vast Unknown. At the time, the notion of nurse navigators was relatively new in my locale, and there were as yet none available. I could have used one. There was a dedicated breast health […]

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How to Be a Calculating Woman

When I was fourteen, I discovered a great affinity for plane geometry, developed largely by Euclid, the Father of Geometry, who gave birth to his theorems and axioms around 300 B.C. I was adjusting to the ravages of puberty at the time, and therefore struggling with my personal geometry. This included a growth spurt right […]

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Overwhelmed in Oz: How ‘Healthy’ Is Social Media?

Blogging and tweetchats and spam, oh my! Warning: Before reading any further, you might want to grab a cup of coffee and put your feet up. There’s no doubt that the explosion of health-related social media has opened up tremendous possibilities for communication by, about, and among cancer patients. It’s also underscored some tremendous ironies. […]

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