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  • Cancer Myths

    Posted 9/6/2013 by blewando
    There are cancer myths that just won't go away. They may go underground for a while, but then you see an article, often a large headline in a tabloid while you are standing at the check out counter, or you get an email, and there it is: Antiperspirant causes breast cancer or not managing your anger causes cancer. It would be interesting to see a study about why these ridiculous rumors persist, but I suspect the answers include our wish for control and the wish of healthy people to point at something and say: "AHA! That is why you have cancer, and I don't." They wish..... Read more... Comments (0)
  • Is It Back

    Posted 9/1/2013 by hhill
      This is really it: the crux of the whole experience. Is the cancer back? Does that back pain or persistent cough or stomach cramps mean something terrible or is it another "normal" ache or pain?  Having had cancer turns us all into hypochondriacs, and we become very (? too much?) aware of our bodies. If you don't already know it, here is the most important and, usually, comforting thing to remember: Live by the "Two Week Rule". With the obvious exception of things like you think you may be having a heart attack, our doctors generally suggest that we wait for two weeks before calling with a worry. Most things are long gone before two weeks. If the ache or pain or whatever persists for two weeks, go ahead and call--but remind yourself that most things are not cancer! Read more... Comments (0)
  • DCIS Again

    Posted 8/29/2013 by hhill
      I do realize that this is one of those topics that either holds great interest or almost no interest to any one woman. However, since DCIS is quite prevalent, I am assuming that at least some readers will be glad to see this additional article. The theme is the same: whether the name of the condition makes a difference in how it is perceived and in the treatment choices woman make. That is, since DCIS (and LCIS) are not " really cancer", is it fair to have the C word be part of their label? Does its inclusion just scare everyone unnecessarily? Read more... Comments (0)
  • Waiting for News

    Posted 8/23/2013 by blewando
    We all know the absolute torture of taking a test or a scan and then waiting (and often waiting and waiting and waiting) for news. The test itself may be unpleasant and stressful and maybe worse (e.g.the GI upset that often follows drinking all that stuff before a a CT scan), but it never carries the same emotional load that waiting for the news entails. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer

    Posted 8/17/2013 by hhill
      It is important that I write sometimes about living with metastatic/Stage IV/advanced breast cancer. One of the terrible realities about metastatic breast cancer is that no one wants to think about it. All of the emphasis on early detection=likely cure and the pink ribbons (and you know how I feel about those!) and pretending that huge strides have been made and hardly anyone still dies.....all of this translates to women with metastatic disease feeling as though they are the evil stepchildren whom no one wants to recognize or claim. Read more... Comments (0)
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