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.
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!
Whether Elsie dies from cancer or not, she has beaten it. It has not beaten her. She has seen her own mortality and embraced it. She has allowed herself to be open and vulnerable and therefore closer to people she knows.
I wanted so desperately to start a family with this man -- to produce little people who were essentially products of our love. Hearing the very sobering news that part of his DNA could cause our daughter to experience any type of pain in the future, well, it's painful for me to even type.
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 discussed your desire to swim the Channel with the doctors on the tumor review board, and I'm sorry, but no one believes that you will be able to do it. The fatigue from the chemo will be too great." I looked at my husband and thought they don't know me.