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The Day No T-Shirt Slogan Worked

Throughout this essay, the quotes depicted are found on actual t-shirts for sale on the Internet. My breast implants are shifting. The plastic surgeon warned me two years ago that it would likely happen. At the time, I had just finished up an intense year of multiple surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation. I was set to begin physical therapy to increase… Read more »

The Day My Doctor Didn’t Inject Me

The first time I met my oncologist, a few things caught my attention immediately: His tall, lanky frame His English accent His bowtie His wit His title of “Doctor.” My geek was in danger of showing, thanks to my husband Jason’s years of influence. In those first few moments with the oncologist, I was desperate to work a Doctor Who… Read more »

The Day I Didn’t Scratch My Face Off

It’s springtime! Signs of life are all around us, with little critters and animals scurrying about, flowers in full bloom, and trees filling out their canopies of leaves…and I want to pop out my eyeballs, dunk them in Benedryl, and stay holed up in my air-conditioned house until…oh, I don’t know…maybe winter? Since my breast cancer diagnosis, seasonal allergies, which began in… Read more »

The Day I Cried During Pilates

  It’s no secret that my breast cancer diagnosis rattled my perception of what it means to live a healthy lifestyle, and I live my life now recognizing that “good health” and “ideal body weight” are not necessarily related terms. I had thought that I was healthy before breast cancer, but my lack of exercise was not doing me any… Read more »

The Day I Danced MJ’s Thriller for BRCA2 Testing

At the time of my diagnosis, I was 36 years old, with no family history of breast cancer. The doctor tested me for a genetic cause, as is standard practice. When the test came back positive for the BRCA2 mutation, I was not the only one affected. The genetic counselor and I met to discuss the cancer history in my family tree,… Read more »

The Day I Was Thankful

amy   November 26, 2015   4 Comments on The Day I Was Thankful

When I saw Angelina Jolie’s comment saying “I actually love being in menopause”, I rolled my eyes. I have been grateful for her honesty about carrying the BRCA1 genetic mutation. She has done much to raise awareness of the plight of previvors, as those who are cancer-free but carriers of cancer-causing genetic mutations are now being referred to as. I… Read more »

The Day I Found The Lump

Pride goeth before a  fall…Book of Proverbs All good stories, it seems to me, begin with a bit of irony. Today is the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Today also marks the two year anniversary of my breast cancer diagnosis. Because, if you are going to be diagnosed with breast cancer, what better day to be told? How… Read more »

The Day I Called a Truce With Exercise

Exercise and I are not friends.  We have never pretended to like each other, even in my youth. While other kids were riding their bikes, I was sitting under a tree with a notebook and a pen. While they were playing organized sports, I was playing the piano and guitar. I signed up to play volleyball in 6th grade to… Read more »