One of the last things you would think of is starting a business while battling a life threatening illness. Yet for Heidi Kelly there was a growing business in midst of 2 diagnoses of breast cancer, 4 surgeries, 4 rounds of chemo and 35 trips to the hospital.
October is one of my favorite seasons. I think of leaves changing, Halloween, pumpkins, and I also think of awareness. In October of this year, we celebrated World Ostomy Day, Mental Health Awareness Week , Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
A couple months back, I reported on Sheryl Crow's inspirational appearance at the #Blogher16 Conference where she talked about her experience with breast cancer. I received a lot of emails from those who were inspired by the article and Sheryl Crow. Luckily, I was able to personally speak to Crow on Monday morning as Breast Cancer Awareness Month kicked off.
Today, we are missing important data. We don't know how many people are living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC), how many early stage breast cancer patients have recurrences, and how the incidence and outcome of MBC have changed over time for the common subtypes of breast cancer.
“She then said to me that I should get over it!” “You had breast cancer... but not anymore!” Her eyes welled up with tea...
All of these women are incredible fighters and survivors. And I don't think I'm brave like them. I don't believe I could go through it and be as courageous as they are.
As Ilaria continues with her battle, I'm heading back to the gym in her honor. I owe it to myself but I owe it also to the pied-piper-of fitness--that is Ilaria. God bless you my friend.
When diagnosed with cancer, you hope for a boring, run-of-the-mill, highly curable one. Yet many diagnoses pose both scientific mysteries for clinici...
Cancer is a boa constrictor that squeezes you from the inside and encapsulates the rest of your family into a smothering chokehold. Cancer is a terror...
In the months after the 9/11 attacks, most Americans felt that the threats we faced from terrorists were limitless. Anything seemed possible if al-Qaeda militants could enter our country, learn to fly airplanes, and then crash commercial flights into the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
A recently released Canadian documentary on abortion purports "to find the truth for the sake of women's health." Regrettably, the slickly produced film quickly degenerates into hubris and hypocrisy. Having donated my time and expertise to appear in the film, I found the outcome disappointing -- if not unexpected.
The Black Lives Matter movement has drawn attention to the unique needs of African Americans. For many years oncologists have been focusing attention on disparities in outcomes among African American patients with cancer.
As a journalist, I've always loved Molly for her wisdom, politics and wicked sense of humor. My favorite quote of hers lately is the salient one to vote "with your heart" in primary elections but "with your head" in the general.
Home alone, I flip through the stack of mail on the bar in the kitchen. Hmm…my mammogram results. Letter good, phone call bad, I think, slitti...
When I was a kid, cancer was the Voldemort of diseases -- the disease that must not be named. A cancer diagnosis was something to be whispered. A secret to be hidden as long as possible. This secrecy added to the fear and, I assume, to the isolation of treatment. But times are a-changin.
Once Sheryl hit the stage, my disappointment was replaced with happiness and inspiration. Although I really wanted to see her speak about being a victim of misogyny in the music industry, Sheryl wasn't there to portray a victim; she was there to celebrate her tenth anniversary as a breast cancer survivor.