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Tales of a 4 Time Breast Cancer Survivor

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Collateral Damage

Dr. Susan Love published an interview on Medscape last week on the “collateral damage” of breast cancer treatments as reported by 3200 actual patients and not their doctors. She noted that doctors and patients often view things differently. For doctors, a living patient is the major sign of successful treatment. They don’t want to hear about treatment...

Do You Have Chemo Brain?

It has taken some time, but now science and medicine acknowledge that chemo brain is a real side effect of chemotherapy. It can last for a few months or can linger on for years.      Chemo brain is characterized by mental confusion, inability to multi-task, memory problems, the inability to concentrate, and vocabulary problems – either the inability...

Cancer Changes Everything

I saw a meme the other day that said something like “cancer can take away my body parts but it can’t touch my mind, my heart, or my soul.” Lovely words, heroic even, if you don’t think about them too closely.  I thought about them very closely and found I disagreed strongly with the message. One way to interpret this meme is the superficial positive...

Transracial Adoption: When the Adorable Babies Become Teens

Sharon Greene:This is a continuation of my earlier story “Adopting After Cancer: A Love Story”. What happens when those cute black babies become black teenagers? Originally posted on SURVIVORS BLOG HERE: When we first adopted our son as a newborn, complete strangers would come up to us to say he was the cutest baby they had ever seen. Many also choose,...

Adopting After Cancer: A Love Story

Sharon Greene:I am very excited to be guest blogging at Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer today for their cancer and Infertility week series. Originally posted on Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer: Sharon, Carter, and Kayla Greene‏ I was first diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at age 29, way back in 1988. The protocol at that time was to tell...

It’s My Cancerversary…And I Don’t Feel Like Celebrating

After 4 breast cancers since 1988, I’ve lost track of the usual markers of cancerversaries. I can remember month and year of diagnoses but can no longer keep specific dates in my head. Also, there is confusion about what date to use for 3 of my cancers where the words and behavior of mammogram technicians and doctors resulted in my”knowing” I had cancer...

Is There A Hypochondriac In The House?

Ask almost any cancer survivor about whether they have become a bit of a hypochondriac, and the answer is usually a resounding yes. I have a confession to make. I swing from extreme hypochondria to total denial of any symptoms I may have. When you have a disease that can travel to your lungs, bones, liver, and brain (and sometimes skin, pancreas, ovaries,...

Having Breast Cancer 4 Times

Some people skip my posts as they don’t want to know that breast cancer can strike more than once. They believe that my story must be a real downer as who wouldn’t be depressed to have their cancer come back again and again and again? Others look to find differences in their stories from mine to reassure themselves that this will not happen to them....

Get A Tissue Or Ten *Dedicated to Sharon At 4 Times and Counting*

Sharon Greene:I found this beautiful post in my email feed and was stunned to realize it was about me. I am truly touched and overwhelmed. I am reblogging it here so I can keep it forever. The video is very inspiring as well. Thank you Looking For The Light for writing this beautiful piece for me. Originally posted on Looking for the Light: There are...

Finding My New Normal After Losing My Old Normal

I I was first diagnosed with breast cancer at 29. February,2015 will be 27 years from the time of my first diagnosis. I have spent almost half my life battling breast cancer. “Finding your new normal” is one of those popular buzz phrases spoken by oncologists, counsellors, and other cancer survivors. I’ve always felt that this word was like a password...

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