Depression and Cancer: An Insider’s View

[Reposted on October 10, 2012 for World Mental Health Day.] A shattering silence. Oh, the nonsense we cancer patients have to put up with… It’s not bad enough that we have to endure being slashed, burned and poisoned, but we have to endure unsolicited opinions, advice and ignorance about our emotional response to being slashed, […]

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Arm and Shoulder Pain After Breast Cancer

Shoulder Pain, Among Other Things I wasn’t going to write a post this week. I’ve just finished up the latest round of doctor visits, tests and diagnostic images that are required now to make sure that breast cancer has not returned. According to all this recent rigamarole, so far, it hasn’t. So, I get to […]

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Under Construction: An Alternate View

Here’s the question: Is breast reconstruction really worth it? How much are we willing to go through to “save” the ‘girls’ while we’re saddled with saving our lives from the ravages of breast cancer? There’s nothing pretty about surgery I’ll never forget the first time I observed surgery as a grad student. It was orthopedic […]

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Finding — And Catching — Your Breath

Okay, winter, you can move along any time now please. We’re all done here. The groundhog said you were on your way out. So, pack up your ice and snow and arctic wind chill factor and germs, and take a hike. Okay? You listening to me?? Guess not… I started a draft of this post […]

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