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 [...]

Scared to Move Your Body After Breast Cancer? Here’s How to Get Started

Scared to Move Your Body After Breast Cancer? Here’s How to Get Started

Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity. Hippocrates If you're like me, cancer treatments and surgeries left you afraid to move your body, feeling out of control and angry. I needed to heal, but had no idea how to rebuild my body and my confidence. Finally, an [...]

Still Reflecting: Find Out What I Impulsively Did to My Plastic Surgeon View

Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it. Ernest Holmes  Many weeks a theme just organically presents itself to me. This week, it's happening again. As you already know, Sunday was the third "cancerversary" of my mastectomy and TRAM flap reconstructive surgery. Having "the emotional memory of an elephant," I [...]

Mindful Monday – Reflections On My Third Year Cancerversary

Yesterday was April 15th, the third year anniversary of my mastectomy. I know every moment I'm still here is a celebration of life, but I found myself focused on the emotions of the day. I guess I can't help it. My oncology therapist told me I have the emotional memory of an elephant, in that I [...]

The Passage of Time – Carrying Me Over, Through and Beyond Cancer

It’s that time of year for milestone celebrations.  Last night was my son’s eighth grade commencement ceremony and Saturday we feted my niece and her new fiancé at their engagement party.    I’ve known both my son and niece since they were infants.  How did this happen, this passage of time which leads one of them [...]