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Inflammatory Breast Cancer

The Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy and a Woman Named Linda

Jessica Pearce Rotondi | Posted 10.30.2014 | Women
Jessica Pearce Rotondi

Two years ago today, The New York stock exchange suspended trading. A building collapsed near Union Square, its front walls sliding off like they were made of sand. Five years ago today, I stood over my mother in a hospice bed and tried to breath for her.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Riddle Me This

Seporah Raizer | Posted 10.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

Because we look healthy on the outside, we must be healthy on the inside? Well, I know for a fact that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, and you damn well shouldn't judge a cancer by it's body.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Hey, Hey, We're the Metsters

Seporah Raizer | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

A lot of people out there hear the words breast cancer and think that's it. That the breast cancer you have, is the same one I have, and the same one your mom had, and the same one your fish had, etc. But that couldn't be farther from the truth.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Another Day, Another Diagnosis

Seporah Raizer | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

I was understandably upset by this new diagnosis of lymphedema. It happened to be April Fool's Day and yes, part of me was hoping that this was just one colossal prank the universe was praying on me. But it's real and devastating to me.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Brownies or Bust

Seporah Raizer | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

If you're not a doctor, please don't offer me medical advice. If you don't have cancer, don't tell me how I should be living my life. And actually, as a general rule, if you're not ME, don't tell me how I should be living MY life.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Cancer Is Not a Competition

Seporah Raizer | Posted 04.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

Cancer is not a competition. Oh, well, it is if you ask Official Pancreatic Action -- their latest ad campaign features a picture of a woman, with a bald head (presumably from chemo), and next to her is a quote, "I wish I had breast cancer."

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: To Womb It May Concern

Seporah Raizer | Posted 02.28.2014 | Women
Seporah Raizer

Most of the articles I see about young women with cancer are about women who are mothers-- which is tragic, and breaks my heart every time I read them. But what you don't read about as often is about young women who were childless at diagnosis, and will remain childless due to cancer treatment.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Awareness Is the New Ignorance

Seporah Raizer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

People go around showing off their new pink swag like they're the bee's knees, but ask them what the symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer are, or if they've heard of triple negative breast cancer, or lymphedema, and you'll get a blank stare and a change of subject.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Pinktober Shminktober

Seporah Raizer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

How the hell is a "Save the Tatas" mug supposed to save a life? In truth, it should say, "Save your money, go home, get naked, and check yourself not just for lumps, but for ALL the signs and symptoms that could possibly indicate breast cancer."

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: What to Expect When You're Expecting the Unexpected

Seporah Raizer | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

If cancer isn't something to blame, then it certainly isn't something to recognize as the reason for you being the person you are today. That's all you.

The Note That Brought Me To My Knees

Jessica Pearce Rotondi | Posted 09.24.2013 | Women
Jessica Pearce Rotondi

It never occurred to me that my mother could be torn between the family she was raising and the family that raised her.

A Day in the Life of a Cancer Warrior

Michelle Pammenter Young | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Michelle Pammenter Young

It is day six past my chemo session and the side effects this time are by far worse than before. I had been told that the affects are cumulative and that each time you will feel worse, for longer, but well, quite frankly I guess I didn't want to believe it.

Giving a Big Fat Finger to Cancer

Seporah Raizer | Posted 06.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

Once you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, the word "worry" takes on a life of its own. You worry about the treatment working, the cancer coming back, the cancer spreading, how you're supposed to live a "normal" life. You worry. But you live. Because you have to.

Even Still

Amanda Magee | Posted 06.03.2013 | Women
Amanda Magee

I used to believe that there was a formula -- ...step on a crack, break your mother's back. I thought that if even against my better judgement or despite my best efforts, if I indeed stepped on a crack, that I could avoid the next seven cracks and take it back.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch

Seporah Raizer | Posted 05.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

I was diagnosed with Stage 3 inflammatory breast cancer. I was 30 years old. I had no insurance. I was screwed.

Mom, You're Hired! As My Cancer Caregiver Extraordinaire

Amanda Nixon | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Amanda Nixon

With November being National Family Caregiver Month, I am immediately reminded and in gratitude for all that my mom did to take care of me during my breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

My Story: ‘You Don’t Need A Lump To Have Breast Cancer’

Liesl Voosen Fields | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Liesl Voosen Fields

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.

Will My Mother's Legacy -- Even Her Cancer -- Be My Own?

Jessica Pearce Rotondi | Posted 04.03.2013 | Women
Jessica Pearce Rotondi

Breast cancer enters our bedrooms. It comes with us to fitting rooms. It's with us at weddings when our mothers or sisters are not.

A Rare Breast Cancer Remembered

Patricia Yarberry Allen | Posted 12.12.2011 | Healthy Living
Patricia Yarberry Allen

I was a 27-year-old surgical intern at New York Hospital in 1976 when I took care of my first patient who died from breast cancer. Mrs. M. was a 40-year-old woman with two young children and a loving husband.

More Than A Pink Ribbon

Jessica Pearce Rotondi | Posted 09.21.2014 | Women
Jessica Pearce Rotondi

My mom's lasting gift to her daughters, family and friends was making cancer something you could talk about.