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Breast Cancer? But Doctor....I hate pink!
Save Your Brows – Tip for Chemo!

If you are starting chemo for the first time, or have just started it, this video is for you.  It is my very own invention, and if there was any way to make money on it, I would. I do, after all, have a child starting college in one month. And is th...

Breast Cancer? But Doctor....I hate pink!
My Bid for SXSW – New Video and Vote!

Have you voted for me to be on a Panel at SXSW yet?  David Kopp from Healthline and I want to talk about what it would take to reach for a cure for cancer, and what today's modern, empowered patient can do to help achieve that goal.  Surprise...

Breast Cancer? But Doctor....I hate pink!
Friends

In the late 1980s I was a young, single mother, with big hair, of course.  Looking back through the dewy gauze of age and chemo, I remember my life then as wonderful, if not exactly carefree. Whatever problems I had have been softened and smoothed wit...

Breast Cancer? But Doctor....I hate pink!
Five years……

What can happen in five years? A silly, long-haired 12 year old boy grows to become a lanky, bespectacled, scary-smart 6 foot tall man, packing for the start of his elite university education and possible career as a scientist.  A young man, 22, str...

Breast Cancer? But Doctor....I hate pink!
Time to Vote For ME to Speak at SXSW

I have been entered to speak at a panel at SXSW (South by Southwest) which is a huge technology/music/film conference in Austin, Texas.  You might remember, Lady Gaga was the keynote speaker last year, Edward Snowden Skyped in from wherever he is in R...

Breast Cancer? But Doctor....I hate pink!
Stable vs Remission vs NED vs Cure

Every type of cancer has its own terminology; a type of shorthand in which patients use to communicate with each other, and it seems I have accidentally cross-pollinated two common phrases.  The garden is still just as beautiful but the bees buzzi...

Breast Cancer? But Doctor....I hate pink!
The Wrong Approach to Breast Cancer (?)

Peggy Orenstein is brave enough to discuss the controversies in CancerLand, the ones we bloggers all tiptoe around because we don't want any feelings hurt.  Her latest article in the New York Times has once again stirred people up and there have been ...

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Shocking Blue

Shocking Blue

I know what many of you are thinking. "Hey, when did somebody do a remake of that Bananarama song?" But, for some strange and odd duck reason, I'm a fan of showing my true age. Which is old. Because this is the best version of "Venus," and it was relea...

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Breast Cancer? But Doctor....I hate pink!
Poo-pourri

You know me, when I get bored my mind wanders, and right now, it's been meandering through cancer-related side effects. I was just thinking:  How come the phrases for having a bowel movement are all unpleasant? We have some nice terms for other bodi...

Breast Cancer? But Doctor....I hate pink!
Dancing with NED

Women with breast cancer have an expression:  they want to "dance with Ned."  Ned, for my young friends, is an old-fashioned name like Elmer or Chester that will probably never become stylish again. Yet, for those of us with breast cancer, it is still the sweetest name on the planet.  It stands for No...

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