A Friend in the Storm: A Review of Nancy Stordahl’s Cancer Memoir

Being a breast cancer patient can be lonely. Even with supportive friends and family, no one really knows what it’s like to endure the shock, anger, grief, and stress of being diagnosed with cancer, and then to undergo the scorched-earth treatment of it. No one knows what it’s like to put up with exhortations to […]

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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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