The Graphic Amazon Goes Retail

Long before there was a software company called Adobe, I started drawing. With crayons at first. Way before I could read or talk in complete sentences, I could draw. It was a huge event the day my dad brought home a 64-box of Crayolas, with a built-in crayon sharpener. By the time I got to […]

Posted in: Art & Music, Attitude, Play by Kathi 2 Comments Art & Music, Fun

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 […]

Posted in: Diagnosis, Recurrence, Screening, Research by Kathi 7 Comments breast cancer, breast surgery, dcis, mortality, radiation, side effects, survivorship

Giving Thanks

Putting my house in order. It may not seem like much to most people, but the photo on the left represents part of a symbolic personal triumph. Three-and-a-half years ago, my life was beset by cancer-interruptus. The day I was told I had breast cancer was one of the most shocking days of my life, […]

Posted in: Attitude, Survivorship by Kathi 13 Comments blogging, fatigue, friends, Home, survivorship

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, […]

Posted in: Cognitive Dysfunction & Depression, Health & Healthcare, Nitty Gritty, Survivorship by Kathi 37 Comments breast surgery, chemotherapy, depression, fatigue, radiation, side effects