Pain and sadness are important and valuable feelings that need to be processed during and after any rotten experience. The beauty of Silver Linings is that they don't take away the rain. Rather, they provide an umbrella.
I decided that I would undergo a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. I remember the frustration I felt at not having the mastectomy sooner. I wanted to fast track the whole thing. I wanted those things off yesterday.
It's sad that Planned Parenthood opponents are playing politics with women's health, but it's also true that Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses will continue doing what they do best: providing basic and crucial health care for the women (and men) who need it.
The pinking of October has brought much awareness to breast cancer, but this rare form -- Inflammatory Breast Cancer -- is still largely unknown and is often believed to be under-reported due to its late diagnosis.
If the backers of this bill and BRA Day wish to get behind every woman in the United States who has had breast cancer and wishes to have reconstruction options offered to her, then I'm all for it. Until then, no thank you.
A chain of 700 bras certainly got people passing through Union Square Park to take notice and remember, "if you got them, you got to check them!" Watch our behind-the-scenes video of the entire flash mob!
While we as a culture continue looking for a cure -- or now, more likely, cures -- we have at least learned a few things about helping people recover from cancer treatment programs, namely chemotherapy. One such device is yoga.
When I think back to the fear and uncertainty I felt after being diagnosed, I also think about all that I've learned from this experience. I've learned how something good can come out of something bad.
I hate this disease because of what it did to Gloria and too many women worldwide. Until a cure is found, please learn and perform breast self-exam religiously and get a mammogram as prescribed by your doctor.