05/15/2015 02:37 pm ET | Updated May 15, 2016

Can It Be Better After 50... With Breast Cancer?

life with breast cancerThe nurse at the renowned Dana Farber Cancer Institute asked for my email address.

"It's," I told her.

I repeated the address, to make sure she knew not to spell out the 'fifty.'

"It's Better after 5-0" I said.

I hesitated, but couldn't help myself. "Isn't that ironic?" I asked.


"Better after 50." I repeated. "That's my email address. That's what I do. That's who I am. So, do you think it can really be better after 50... with breast cancer?"

I wasn't expecting an answer.

Just when I thought I might be running out of things to write about, God blessed me with a whole new topic that will keep me busy writing for weeks, perhaps years: Breast cancer. Thank you very much, God, I needed that...l ike a hole in the head, as my dad used to say.

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