Telling the Truth About Reconstruction After Breast Cancer

Telling the Truth About Reconstruction After Breast Cancer

"She got her looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon." Groucho Marx It's not easy to walk into a plastic surgeon's office for reconstruction after breast cancer. On my first visit, I sat in the waiting room and fumed. All around me were glossy pamphlets and posters promising "enhancement" and "transformative" procedures that would [...]

Test Anxiety & Why I Love the Sisterhood

Test Anxiety & Why I Love the Sisterhood

Today I drove myself to the breast center for a mammogram and ultrasound of my left breast. There was no drama caused by a horrible technician, like the first time I went for a mammogram after my mastectomy. Everyone was professional, pleasant and sensitive. No, this time the drama was raging inside my head. I [...]

Want Relaxing Holidays? Less Martha, More Mindfulness

Want Relaxing Holidays? Less Martha, More Mindfulness

This time of year is a mixed bag for many of us. We look forward to family togetherness, joy, love and celebration. But, too often, expectations outstrip reality and stress is the result. If you're like me, that doesn't mean you don't chase the fantasy. Earlier in my career, I did my best to create [...]

Inspirational Life Lessons: How to Live & Die

This is a hard post to write. Last weekend I had a joyous Thanksgiving with my very large family. The next morning, I joined another family to mourn and celebrate an exceptional woman. Her name was Peggy and she died at age 66 from ovarian cancer. Peggy and I served on the Pathways Women's Cancer [...]

Six Truths I’ve Learned About Resilience

Six Truths I’ve Learned About Resilience

We do survive every moment, after all, except the last one. John Updike What does surviving every moment teach us? Quite simply, that we are resilient. If you're like me, you've had your share of challenges. Cancer is certainly up there on the list, but it's not the only entry. You've been around the block [...]