Swim for Cancer Research

I would so totally do this if it weren’t for the buckets of water that flood my nose every time I swim, or my hate-relationship with swimsuits, or the fact that sucking air at the end of each lap makes me kind of cranky. Swimming is just not my thing. Running, yes. Biking, sure. Just […]

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Soy: Safe for Survivors?

Soy doesn’t concern me much. It’s just not something I’ve ever really wanted to consume. So when docs and nutritionists advised me against it due to my breast cancer status, it never took much effort to steer clear of the stuff. For those who have been holding back, however, research is starting to say it’s […]

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Life Gets Better, Then You Cry

Losing track of the hurt of cancer is kind of like forgetting the pain of childbirth—yes, it is kind of a blur, even though I remember clearly barking at my husband while in labor with my first child, “Why would anyone do this twice?” Then, I did it again 2 years and 5 months later. […]

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Next Up: A Job

My past four months of unemployment have been delightfully calm and relaxing, but the time has come, and I’m going back to work. Actually, I’m not going anywhere. I’ll still be right here in my house, with my favorite laptop, cup of hot green tea, candle burning and fire roaring (well, at least until it […]

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For the Love of Hair

I’ve long had a love affair with hair. My mom suspected it the moment I got my first Barbie doll and started cutting away, and she was convinced by the time I owned a whole score of dolls, all with the same short styles. My intention was always to make Barbie more beautiful and stylish […]

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Be Heard With a (Free) Pink Podium

Now, this is really cool: in support of breast cancer awareness, AmpliVox Sound Systems has manufactured a series of pink podiums to donate to breast cancer events and seminars, and they are being donated to anyone who is interested. Freight is included. This is all part of the AmpliVox Pink Podium Promise. By donating one […]

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E.D. Hill: Surgery May Have Saved Her Life

Former Fox News anchor and conservative journalist E.D. Hill was back on “The View” today, talking all about the nipple-sparing mastectomy she had two weeks and two days ago. She shared previously that she would have the prophylactic surgery, even though she did not have breast cancer, because of a strong family history. Now that […]

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1/2 Marathon: Numbers Change

Official results are in, and I lied about my 1/2 marathon time. It’s better than 2 hours, 13 minutes and 53 seconds. It’s 2 hours, 12 minutes and 33 seconds. I came in 34th out of 49 in my age group (35-39) and 185th out of all women overall — not sure how many there […]

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1/2 Marathon: The Numbers Are In!

I’m not very good at math. In fact, my third-grader has pretty much out-paced me now that he’s mastering the metric system — yikes! But that doesn’t mean I don’t like numbers. I actually really like them when they have some significance in my life. I like to say I’m 39 years old (age is […]

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Everything is Fine

That biopsy I had done last week on a mole on the back of my shoulder — fine, nothing wrong, just normal. Oh, and that ache in my foot that kept me from running for a few days. Also fine. And so I’m ready to run on Sunday — 7 a.m., 13.1 miles, ribbons and […]

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Chocolate: The New Chemotherapy?

If research says it, it must be true, right? I’m not so sure about that. I mean, some science says as little as one drink per day can up your breast cancer risk, and extra weight by way of stuff like chocolate can do the same. Yet new research presented just yesterday reveals that Cabernet […]

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The Body Fat Solution: Book Giveaway

If you are concerned about your body fat (and you should be, because carrying excess weight is linked to a whole bunch of cancers), then here’s a book you might want to get your hands on: The Body Fat Solution: Five Principles for Burning Fat, Building Lean Muscle, Ending Emotional Eating, and Maintaining Your Perfect […]

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About Death

This post is not exactly about cancer, it’s about death (sorry for the somber subject). It’s about my husband’s dad, who died suddenly of a pulmonary embolism 11 years ago on this very date (February 9). It was a Tuesday way back then, too. I remember that as clearly as I recall the early-morning phone […]

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Keep the Whole World Cancer Free

Thanks to reader Macy for heading me to this fun video, part of the Stand Up to Cancer movement and starring Jim Parsons — the guy who plays Sheldon on TV’s “The Big Bang Theory” (never watched it myself, but Macy says Sheldon is her fave). So, can you spare 3 minutes? Then take a […]

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Happy World Cancer Day!

It might not seem very happy that there must be a World Cancer Day, but if we use the day for good, well, then, it can be a happy February 4. Set the dismal stats aside (without intervention, an estimated 84 million people will die of cancer between 2005 and 2015, uugh!), and instead, do […]

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Skin Cancer Scares Me, Too

I don’t worry only about breast cancer. I’m a little freaked about skin cancer, too. It’s because I spent far to many hours seeking sun in my younger years, and I am painfully aware of the side effects of such behavior. I’ve had several pre-cancerous lesions cut and frozen off my fair skin, I have […]

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Hat’s Off to Nancy

I happen to think bald girls in hats are really very cute, and yet, I never thought of myself that way when I had my very own shiny scalp. I covered that thing with a wig the minute my hair was gone, and I only took it off once my locks were back. I’m sure […]

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