Cancer Brain Drain: My Life Is Still A Mess

Seven Years Later… It’s nearly seven years to the day that I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I’m still here, still NED, as far as I know, so in that regard, seven is a lucky number. However, I’d rather hoped that by now, I would feel a lot more like my old self again. I […]

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“This Might Hurt A Little” — Procedural Pain

First, do no harm? This is not what I wanted to write about today. But yesterday, I woke up during an outpatient diagnostic procedure, began to feel stabbing abdominal pain, made the surgeon and clinical staff aware of this, and nothing was done about it. I was in a haze induced by the conscious-sedation cocktail […]

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DCIS: What’s in a name?

Ductal Carcinoma In Situ This subject deserves much more time than I can give it today. But a New York Times article, published today, prompted me to post at least some brief commentary. You may need to sign in to the NYT site in order to read it in full, but that requires only your […]

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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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