Cold Cap poster child

MSNBC did a story on the cold cap today, leading with me and mentioning this blog. I think reporter JoNel Aleccia did a great job. Thanks JoNel.


About leftbreast

I have had breast cancer. I was diagnosed at 47, and am now 49. I have finished "active treatment," two surgeries, chemo, radiation, monoclonal antibodies. These days, I only take a drug to suppress my uptake of estrogen, since my tumor was highly reactive to that hormone. I have been married to my husband Pete for 21 years. I have a stepdaughter, Maureen, 30, and a daughter, Erin, 10. I've been a freelance magazine journalist for 20-plus years, covering everything from Chinese foreign policy to Catholic nuns to endangered species. I have had a great life. I have lived in Asia and all over the United States. I have spent nights with tree-sitters in Oregon and with astronomers at the Mauna Kea observatory in Hawaii. I've been to a cocktail party on the poopdeck of a British destroyer docked in Shanghai. I've taken the bus to Tibet, and tramped through the cloud forests of Panama with biologists. A magazine sent me on a raft trip down the Colorado through the Grand Canyon; another sent me to cooking school for a week. I have spent time with celebrities, presidents and heroin dealers. I love my work. I have a loving, supportive family and more friends than I probably deserve. I have had the space and time to camp, ski, cycle, garden, cook and spoil my pets (an Australian shepherd, a German shepherd and a tabby cat). If it all ended tomorrow, I would have to say that it has been a really, really good ride. When I was in thick of treatment, I was simply fighting for more time. Now, I'm trying to connect the experience of cancer with the rest of my life, with the time that's been won. I hope the cancer never comes back, but if it does, I'll be ready. That's what this blog is about.
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3 Responses to Cold Cap poster child

  1. Joe says:

    You may get lots of messages after the MSNBC story; no need to reply to this. I’m a 54 year old man in Helena, MT diagnosed with breast cancer exactly a year ago, post-left modified radical mastectomy, post dense dose chemotherapy X 16 weeks (Adriamycin [the “Red Devil”], Cytoxin, Taxol) Now on a 52-week course of Herceptin. When I was doing chemo, it always helped to read about the experiences of others…So, keep doing what you’re doing. I have to say my care at our local cancer treatment center has been life changing…I can’t think of any other gathering I’ve ever attended where people with real problems are so strong, laughing at their problems, accepting their fate, and soldiering on. It has opened my eyes to real humanity, in the nurses and the patients. Cancer appreciates no class distinction, either…Here’s a tip, maybe you’ve arrived at this on your own: Everyone close to you wants to know your status, how sick you are, what your prognosis is, what the future holds. A lady on another blog wrote that when she’s asked about survival rates, she says that if she’s still alive, her survival rate is 100%; if she’s not alive, it doesn’t matter…This works really well for me. Good luck.

    • leftbreast says:

      Joe, Thanks for corresponding. I’ve been meaning to write a post about men with breast cancer. Most people don’t even realize that’s possible. We’re on about the same track, treatment wise. Best of luck, and keep reaching out!

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