Ann aka ButDoctorIHatePink

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Loss of Appetite in Cancer Patients – Part One

Nov 23, 2015

In some people, cancer causes "loss of appetite."  Only it's not really a mere loss of appetite; there is no good medical description for what really happens.  I know because I'm experiencing it. From a site about this topic: "..the inability to eat and the associated weight loss often causes conflicts within relationships. In fact, nutrition and...

National Family Caregivers’ Month – written by my husband

Nov 14, 2015

November is National Family Caregivers' Month.  My husband is the one who does most of what we know as "caregiving."Recently,  I asked him, "what is it like?  What does being a caregiver mean to you?"  Our plans for life and dreams for the future have certainly ...changed. Things we thought we'd be doing, we...

Lifetrak Fitness Watch – Contest!

Nov 1, 2015

Hearing I was going to have to go back on a harsh chemo made me nervous.  I'm not in good shape at all.  When I started all this funny business years ago, I had the strength to manage it.  Now, I wonder how much more I can do. During my period of r...

Check Out

Oct 30, 2015

On the wall in one of my oncologist's exam rooms, near the door, there is a sign that says, "Check Out."   This is not the real sign It may have been there all these years and I never noticed. Maybe I've never been in that exam room before. I'm not sure what it is telling...

In the Stream

Oct 23, 2015

I was on a live TV, web streaming show called The Stream yesterday.  It was an interesting experience.  Perhaps not my best interview, as it was done via Skype.  I had so much more to say! There was some lag so I could not hear when the other wome...


Oct 14, 2015

Over the past four years since being diagnosed with mets, six with cancer, I have had approximately ten PET scans, about 50 CT scans, 24 MUGA scans and a sprinkling of bone and other types of imaging tests. Imagine the time that takes - the driving, th...

TCL Roku TV – Givaway!

Oct 11, 2015

I've been hinting on facebook that I had an awesome giveaway coming up - and today is the day it begins.  I cannot be any happier that I get to give away such an amazing prize. ::::drumroll:::: A 32 inch, TCL Roku Color Series Smart TV - with a color...

Breast Cancer Deaths by Year. Simple Raw Numbers.

Sep 30, 2015

Here is a gift to start Pinktober: Overall Breast Cancer Mortality by Year  Year Source No. of Deaths 2015* 40,730 2013-2014 39,620 201l-2012 39,520 2009-2010 40,170 2007-2008 40,460 ...

Pity Party and a Breast Cancer Lesson

Sep 28, 2015

Six years ago, when first diagnosed with cancer, I did what many do, including you, dear reader, who is maybe finding my blog for the first time.   I searched online for breast cancer stories, to find other women like me.  The one burning question I had, that you have too, is "What is...

The Brobe – and a contest!

Sep 8, 2015

The Brobe "It's my baby, just like your blog is to you," said Allison, as she wrote to me about her cancer-inspired bathrobe. Her words caught my attention.  I have put a lot of time, energy and thought into writing this blog.  I am as protective of it as a 1950s teenager would be of...

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