What To Consider When Determing Your Chemotherapy Regimen

Adriamycin, the "Red Devil"

Before I had breast cancer, I had very little knowledge about chemotherapy. My only vague understanding of it was that chemo filled your entire body with toxins in the hopes of ferreting out and killing any cancer cells. That was about all I knew, and frankly I was extremely negative about it. I used to say that I […]

Cure Diva Is A Wonderful Resource For Women Going Through Breast Cancer

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I’m excited to share information about the Cure Diva site today.  I found the Cure Diva group on Facebook and want to share it with My Left Breast readers because it’s so freaking helpful for anyone going through breast cancer! When I was going through breast cancer in 2010, I had a lot of trouble finding […]

How Angelina Jolie Pitt’s Decision Can Help Us Become Stronger Healthcare Advocates For Ourselves

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By now, you’ve heard about and read the March 24th New York Times article, “Diary of a Surgery” by Angelina Jolie.  In it, Jolie shares her decision to have a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy because of her risk factors for both breast and ovarian cancer after having tested positive for carrying the BRCA1 gene mutation. As I woke up that morning […]

Ken Burns’ “Cancer: The Emperor Of All Maladies” To Premiere on PBS March 30 – April 1, 2015

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I have rarely been as excited about a new documentary film as I am about “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,” by the wonderful documentary film maker Ken Burns, which will air on PBS channels on March 30th, 31st, and April 1st, 2015. The 6 hour documentary is based on the award winning book of the […]

Bitches Get Stuff Done – BAMC15

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A couple of weekends ago I went to Nashville, Tennessee for the Bloggers at Midlife Conference, a conference for a group of wonderful women bloggers. I was excited about the chance to meet many of the women whose blogs I’ve been reading over the past year and hoping  to learn some new information about blogging that I wasn’t aware […]

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 […]