Every year, Reneé Smith's family draws names for their Christmas gift exchange. It just so happened that in 2012, it was Reneé's turn to buy a gift for her sister-in-law Patti.
Artists expressing suffering through their work is nothing new. Some would say it's one of the art world's oldest traditions. Art therapy is also nothing new. But, recent years have seen an uptick in the number of exhibits combining the two in innovative and meaningful ways.
I don't know what caused my cancer, nor does anyone else, for that matter. I plan to enjoy the holidays and if I choose to have some extra cookies or whatever, so what
When I let go of worry about my future with cancer, and focused on healing in the present moment, this also brought peace. Finally, the lesson I longed for was made clear to me by a little boy: the secret to well-being lies in being present!
It doesn't matter what gender you are. Movember can be a great way to finally allow yourselves or your loved ones to open up and share any health concerns you may have, be they mental, physical, or preventative.
As I thought about my ideal size in the dressing room, I tried to separate my own preference from the expectations of society, media, and men. Wasn't the purpose of reconstruction to replicate what you had lost?
It's tricky being a woman and appearing bald in public. How do I cope with the sad-faced sympathizers who can't help but tell me their cancer stories and imagine sharing my suffering?
None of us has to come clean and share anything we don't want to share. We have a right to our privacy and our dignity (there's nothing worse than losing it with people you don't trust to handle it).
The HeForShe movement got me thinking about how women help other women, "she for she," the every day kind. Sometimes only a girlfriend will do. My mom showed me how to do this too, driving our elderly buxom neighbor to get special bras only available at a store faraway.
When the last day of treatment arrives, the release of tension is huge; no more fighting, no more bracing against the assaults on your body, no more indignities to your soul, no more feeling like a science project. Your body is once again your sacred domain and you can close the doors and begin to heal.
Their chances of long-term survival have been so improved that now many breast cancer survivors can qualify for life insurance policies! The actuarial odds of their long-term survival can be computed, and priced.
Halloween is coming soon, and for those out there newly diagnosed with cancer, and their support team -- even those in treatment currently -- this diagnosis is downright spooky and frightening.
I recently read about an amazing program that recruits and trains cancer survivors to act as peer navigators, or "cancer coaches," to newly diagnosed cancer patients.
Jim's tragedy seemed insulting to my already-injured family. Jim died on Sept. 5; my mom died on Sept. 7. She was 46 and I was 15. Jim was 47 and his oldest child was 15. History, cruel beast, had repeated herself in a mocking chorus of eerie parallels.
And thankfully, the ultrasound was fine. There was nothing to worry about after all. It's been an incredible lesson and the start of an amazing journey. I had a feeling it might resonate for you too. Does it?
Most of you probably go for annual mammograms, but currently the experts disagree as to when and how often you should take pictures of your breast friends.