Tag Archives: breast cancer survivors

No “discrete” way to say this: Rub-on Nipples

I have a neighbor whom I’ve known for decades. I grew up with her daughters. Until I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I had no idea that she had had a mastectomy, a radical one, in the 1970s. She was … Continue reading

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They don’t call anymore…

An envelope arrives from UCSF this morning. Envelopes are always arriving from UC: Please fill out a survey about your recent visit to clinic X. Please pay that co-pay you forgot to pay on your last visit. Here’s a summary … Continue reading

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Moving forward, with cancer but not “of” cancer

I admit it: For nearly two months, I’ve been ignoring this blog almost aggressively. The excuses are legion, and more than enough for the “What is NOT Cancer” post that will follow this entry: It was summer. We went away … Continue reading

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Cancer-versary 1

I’ve been debating whether or not to write this post. Do I really want to make a big deal about the fact that I was diagnosed with breast cancer exactly one year ago today? Is that really a cause for … Continue reading

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Variables upon variables

Yesterday, I go to an education session about the gynecological issues relevant to breast cancer “survivors” (still hate that term, but can’t think of another). It’s part of study to gauge if patients are willing to do these group sessions … Continue reading

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Digging deep

I come from a family where “taking the hill” is a just a way of life. My stepdad Gordon, who adopted me as an adult, served in the Marines. He was part of the landing force at Okinawa in World … Continue reading

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Taking stock

Sunday, I go to my first meeting of Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS), a support, information and fundraising organization for younger women in the San Francisco area who have breast cancer. At 47, 48 in a few weeks, I think … Continue reading

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