I often said the surgery part of my cancer treatment was the easiest. Not that there were no problems, but there was less pain than I expected and fewer side effects compared to chemo or radiation. I didn’t know that post-mastectomy pain and complications may come years later. One study found that up to one-half of... Read more
In April 1998, I accepted a teaching job with an August start date. Later that same month I found out that I had inflammatory breast cancer and that I would still be in treatment in August. From that point until my retirement in 2013, I was balancing health and work considerations.
Other breast cancer survivors have... Read more
Summer is here. Time to enjoy the pool and tennis, short sleeves and sundresses. I love summer, but I confess I loved it more before breast cancer. Finding summer clothes that don’t show my scars and a prosthesis that lets me enjoy summer activities can be a challenge. Here are some tips that may help you if you have... Read more
When I was in chemotherapy, I asked my oncologist whether it would be OK for me to have a massage for relaxation. He thought it would be fine. An oncology nurse recommended a massage therapist with a nursing background, and off I went for a massage.
But the massage therapist was reluctant to do a massage on a cancer... Read more
Before I had cancer, I read about a woman who had breast reconstruction after breast cancer. One of the reasons she was happy with her reconstruction was that she could now wear low-cut clothing. How vain, I thought. Why would anyone have surgery for a neckline?
Then I had a mastectomy myself. Because the doctor found two tumors on my... Read more