What I appreciate about Angelina Jolie Pitt's candidness about her decisions is that she opens up the conversation and brings women's health issues top of mind. Everyone seems to zero in on breast cancer and not nearly enough people focus on the cancers that can brew "down there."
Men think it is weird when women go to the ladies' room in groups. Men may think it is even weirder that I go with two friends each year to get our mammograms. We call it the "MammoVan." Let me clarify -- the three of us travel together in one car but we have separate mammograms in consecutive appointments.
We are standing at an extraordinary moment. For nearly 4,000 years of recorded history, cancer in all its forms was an implacable foe. Doctors, patients, and researchers won incremental victories, but for millennia, the word "cancer" was too dreadful to speak aloud.
It was Merrie's birthday last week, her 56th, if she had lived to celebrate it. Merrie was ... oh it's impossible to say who Merrie was to me: one of my oldest and closest friends doesn't quite do it.
The thing I can't walk away from is that the Bible doesn't just say that God does good things. It says that God IS good. It's not just what he does; it's who he is -- and who he is never changes.
Best of all, Jolie Pitt acknowledges how difficult it is to make decisions such as these. Heaven knows that I know this, both personally as a patient and professionally as a nurse.
Legislators in a number of states, including Oklahoma and Tennessee, have introduced bills that would require insurers to cover proton therapy if a patient's doctor believes it is the most appropriate form of radiation.
If you ever meet a woman dealing with metastatic breast cancer, you will know what real courage is.
One Monday per month Stacy Sakellariou, owner of Beauty Bar, opens her salon to provide complimentary services to women who are battling cancer. Sole Ryeders started this program, which is modeled after Mondays at Racine on Long Island, as a natural extension of its fundraising to advance cancer research and to support women battling cancer.
No one is ever truly fearless. Fear is an unwanted visitor that tries to linger in your mind and body. Your goal is to send it packing and not allow it to nest.
While many people may lack the words to describe their experience with cancer, a gentle yoga practice can help patients to breathe and be in touch with all the sensations in their body.
Much of the world tuned in this week to see the highly heralded unveiling of the Apple Watch. But another, less anticipated Apple announcement has generated a great deal of excitement and may in fact be an even more transformative tool -- launching a new era for breast cancer patients.
Isabella and the teacher presented me with a a story she had written for a school project. They could write about whatever they wanted. When I first glanced at the sheet and caught the title, my eyes began to tear up and I felt a lump in my throat. This is what I read...
Facing a major illness when my children barely know me suspends me in time. The prospect of a future freezes me in terror, for fear of the unknown. But an illness with so many question marks also makes me terrified to stay stationary, desperate to move on to a safer place.
Taking a deep breath, I unsnapped my bra. Eila leaned in close. I could practically feel her warm breath on the side of my chest, the place where "Lefty" used to be. The place that was protected by a spray of persimmon-shaded flowers. "It's so beautiful," Eila said. And I believed her.
So why don't you find the latest and greatest in beautiful mastectomy bras at your local retailer? There are a few reasons, and most have to do with the way these products have historically been marketed and sold to women.