My 5 Year Remission Day

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Five years ago today I found the lump in my left breast.  I’ve been trying to figure out what to say about it and what to call today.  Is it an anniversary?  A cancerversary?  A 5 year celebration of survivorship? I’m very literal, words mean a lot to me, and it’s important to me that I use the […]

A Trip To the Oncologist

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Today was my 6 month checkup at the cancer center.  I go twice a year to have blood work done and meet with my oncologist.  It’s usually crowded at the cancer center, but Friday’s are always the worst.  Today was no exception, there were already 12 people in the waiting room at 8:30 a.m.; 10 women, […]

I Wish I’d Hired the Expensive Plastic Surgeon

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  One of the things I wish I’d handled differently in my breast cancer process is that I wish I’d had this one plastic surgeon who was touted as being “the best” in the area, perform my breast reconstruction.  I had a couple of meetings with him, we had agreed to the type of procedure (expanders with […]

A Thanksgiving Turkey Story

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Happy Thanksgiving, dear My Left Breast readers! I thought I’d share a quick, funny Thanksgiving story from my early marriage to get the merriment going. One of the first years we were married, we were hosting Thanksgiving at our place for friends and family.  It wasn’t the first time I’d ever made a turkey, so […]

Mom, Can You Make Me Some Shrimp?

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This is the question I got from my 16 year old son on a recent weekend afternoon. Mind you, the shrimp he’s referring to is a huge 2 1/2 lb. bag of shrimp in the frig’ which I was planning to make into this delicious New York Times shrimp scampi recipe for the family dinner later that night.  To help […]

The Beauty Of Morning Rituals

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I love getting up early in the morning on the weekends. Let me rephrase that.  I hate getting up in the morning, but I love being up in the morning once I’ve managed to drag my sleepy ass out of bed. There’s something so inviting to me about an early Saturday morning when my husband and […]

The BBN Foundation: Breaking Bad News the Right Way

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Anyone who’s gone through a life threatening illness knows that receiving bad news from your doctor can be difficult and frightening.  Much of my reaction to information during my breast cancer experience was colored by the way it was shared with me by the doctor I was hearing it from at that particular instance. My OBGYN […]

13 Facts Everyone Should Know About Metastatic Breast Cancer

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During the month of October I believe it’s important to recognize all the facts about breast cancer.  The month is very focused on pink ribbons and survivors, but there is little awareness or recognition of the 155,000 women and men in the United States who are living with metastatic breast cancer. Before my own diagnosis, […]