Too many women who are faithful with their yearly mammographic screening have been denied equal access to an early diagnosis, which convey less treatment options and worse survival outcomes.
Friends exert a "social contagion effect" and I think LGBT people need that effect to counter the negative impact of stigma and discrimination on our health. If friendship has the clout to heal us, there is huge power in our community.
I was out on a local trail five days after my surgery, and two weeks after, I climbed 10,069-foot Mt. Baldy. I climbed it again two weeks after my oophorectomy, because that's what I do on Sundays. It was also my way of flipping the bird to breast cancer.
Micki Myers is a poet, blogger, teacher and mom, born in London but currently living and teaching in Pittsburgh. "Having survived a particularly vicious bout of breast cancer," she writes, "I emerged with new fake boobs and a determination to find it all amusing." Why?
I woke up today without my beautiful breasts. Swapped them out for no cancer -- a pretty good deal for me.
I am standing in front of my bathroom mirror, about to look at the surgery site for the first time. I take off the surgical bra and see two large, rectangular bandages. I pinch their corners and breathe in, then out. I pull them off.
A new study of mammography, showing lack of survival benefit, has once again muddied these waters and muddled the relevant messaging.
My plea to parents, and this goes to anyone really, don't disappear from the pictures. Who cares if you think your hair is frizzy or you have a "weird" smile or whatever hangup or lie that we tell ourselves, and don't want to be in the pictures? When you have children, forget all that and just get into that picture.
As grateful as I am for my year with cancer, I'm even more grateful this chapter has come to a close.
"You're so strong," people tell me. "I hope to be as brave as you," they say. I don't know if either of those things is true. I think most cancer patients -- most people facing any crisis, really -- would say the same thing, that is: you do what you have to in order to get through it.
When I talked with Hope on the phone I could really feel her deep desire for a child of her own! This incredible woman had devoted her career to giving so much "hope" helping other children, and as the time drew near for her to have her own family, suddenly that window was closing unexpectedly and rapidly.
Running has been the last step I needed to take for my recovery from breast cancer. I am in the best shape of my life, and I'm not talking about post-cancer shape.
Masha Alyokhina (left) and Nadya Tolokonnikova of the band Pussy Riot chat with Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report. Photo: Comed...
I feel like I've lost my independence along with some (most) of my self-confidence. I want to be able to take care of myself and my son. And, quite honestly, I still have some ambition left. I want a meaningful career (where I get paid in U.S. dollars).
About a year and a half ago I attended my first official meditation retreat. It was with Deepak Chopra and The Chopra Center. Prior to this, I was wha...
I love my conventional medical team and have perfect faith in their ability to help me through surgery, chemotherapy and, if I need it, radiation therapy. I also feel deeply supported and confident about the naturopathic doctors by my side, to see me through this challenging time.