I hate breast cancer. Granted, most would say they don’t like it, but let me be clear: I LOATHE it. I hate what it does to people. I hate what it does to the people who love those people. I hate that it’s taken so many lives not yet fully lived. But most of all, I hate that … More Breast Cancer Awareness
Every woman needs to know this before your next mammogram. It could save your life. 1. What type of breast do you have on a 1-4 scale? Ask for your mammography report. It’s in there. If you haven’t had a mammogram, your gynecologist can let you know if you’re in the denser camp. Most women … More Every Woman Needs to Know This
Two years ago a lot of people lost their rock, friend, confidant, and biggest cheerleader. One of those people was Mae. Sue and Mae were best friends for more than 40 years. Mae wrote a piece about her friendship with Sue, and it gives me comfort to post it on this two-year anniversary. Mae was … More Best Friends
Well, I’m headed off for another follow-up mammogram this morning. The timing would be almost laughable, if it weren’t so emotionally straining. “Uncomfortable,” I’ve heard mammograms called. Physically: no. Emotionally: certainly. If you have one coming up or are putting it off due to fear (emotional or physical), please read what I learned from my … More Mammogram, Take 3
Last year at this time, I was cheering alongside Sue’s family and friends at the Minneapolis-St. Paul 3 Day for the Cure. Standing by my side: Szaba (well, she was crawling actually), my hilarious nephew Aaron, my sweet niece Ali, and Sue’s phenomenal mother, Shirley.
Oh, to write again! Today I’ll be pouring words onto the page and trying to organize them in some meaningful sense for me and for you. In the meantime, I wrote this (rather eerie now) piece last week, before the shock of Shirley’s death, and I feel I must share it now. The holiday apparently … More Meaning of Dreams
Let’s say you’re waiting for your mammogram results, and you get a callback. What next? First, stay calm. I got the dreaded callback, too.
Since I do live in Seattle, that gives me the right to co-opt Frasier’s “I’m listening” catch phrase, right? For those of you who’ve been following this blog for awhile (thanks!) as well as you newbies (welcome!), I’d love to hear from you. This has been my basic format so far:
I was inspired to start this whole blog after my mother-in-law and dear friend, Sue, died from breast cancer a year ago. Sue was integrally involved with the 3 Day Walk for the Cure as a fund-raiser, speaker, crew member, and walker. (Once she even walked 60 miles on chemo for the cause.) Given Sue’s close ties … More The Real Enemy: Breast Cancer
Over the course of my life, the way I’ve thought about my boobs has changed. When I was a kid, I thought of them as weird. (Barbie didn’t have nipples, so why did I?) When I was a teen, I thought of them as useful. When I was in my 20s, I thought of them … More 10 Things I Learned About Mammograms