Empathy, Connection & Healing for Cancer Survivors

Empathy, Connection & Healing for Cancer Survivors

https://youtu.be/1Evwgu369Jw You need to watch this video. It's less than three minutes long and, trust me, it's worth every second. I'll wait right here until you get back. I'm so glad you watched the video. Now we can talk. Brene Brown is my favorite academic. She's a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College [...]

You Deserve to Stand Up For What You Want

You Deserve to Stand Up For What You Want

How often have you slammed the door against what you want, because you let fear trump desire? How many times did you not ask, because rejection hurts like hell? How easily have you given in, because making others happy is safer than finding your own happiness? Say "Yes" to yourself because it's what you want, [...]

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 [...]

How to Express Your Cancer Anger, Even if Something Gets Broken

How to Express Your Cancer Anger, Even if Something Gets Broken

Question: How many cancer patients does it take to change a light bulb? Answer:  A few months after my April 15, 2009, mastectomy and TRAM flap reconstruction, I changed a light bulb. The light fixture had a cover which I removed to get to the bulb. Everything went well until I tried to reattach the [...]

Because We Know Life is Short

Because We Know Life is Short

"Time is long but life is short." Stevie Wonder Another summer, another year after cancer. Four years ago, I was in the thick of it. Depressed, scared, lonely, stressed, angry and out of my mind tired of it all. That summer, time was definitely long. Somehow I got through the longest summer of my life. When [...]