Posts Tagged ‘breast cancer survivor’

Renewal: Spring Is Here

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Welcome again guest blogger Carolyn Newman, breast cancer survivor, lymphedema aficionado and ultimate warrior. Take it away Carolyn!

It has been almost 5 years since radiation. After 6 months of Chemotherapy and a 13-hour double Mastectomy with Tram Flap Reconstruction, I recall being disheartened by the thought of having to have radiation and even more upset that the doctors gave me little choice. Somehow, I thought I would escape it.

Never the less, I completed radiation on March 21, 2007, the first day of spring. A time for renewal.
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It’s My Cancer

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Meet guest blogger Elyn Jacobs.  Elyn helps women diagnosed with cancer to navigate the process of treatment and care, and she educates about how to prevent recurrence and new cancers.  She is passionate about helping others get past their cancer and into a cancer-free life.  Take it away Elyn!

“You have cancer” Three of the most dreaded words you can hear from your doctor.  Your world has changed and you feel a loss of control.    A moment ago you were a student, parent, wife, maybe even a doctor. Now, suddenly, you are a patient.  In the ensuing panic, disbelief, fear, and confusion you have to make decisions.  Likely right now you think “I can barely breathe, let alone function…how am I to figure all this out?”  Well, unfortunately, your life and your quality of life depend on it.  Now is the time to get help, but from who?
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Yes, Your Refrigerator Can Be Your Best Friend

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Welcome guest blogger Kathryn Lorusso is a North Dallas macrobiotic teacher and counselor. She believes wholeheartedly that food can heal our bodies and uses her refrigerator as a giant “medicine cabinet” on a daily basis.

What’s that shiny, gleaming tall rectangle in your kitchen that is beckoning to you even as you read this?  It’s probably something you’re used to ignoring or worse yet, stuffing full of quick, convenient, chemically laden packages yet it is yearning (even now) to be not only your best friend, but your healer and guide to the best health you have ever imagined.  Yup, we’re talking about your refrigerator aka your new “medicine cabinet” and it contains the magic you need on a daily basis to navigate your way past your breast cancer event and move forward to the rest of your life.  I made friends with my refrigerator a year and a half ago and found that it was just the compass I needed to get me through the ironically worst/best time of my life. (more…)

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To Group or Not to Group

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Last night I participated in my first official group- therapy session at the local Gilda’s Club. It is named for Gilda Radner, an original cast member of “Saturday Night Live,” and is an amazing organization that provides an emotional and social support community that complements medical treatment. Anyone can attend — men, women, teens and children who are living with all types of cancer — along with their families and friends.

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