It’s just a few little cells …

If you are a healthy woman looking for a way to really make a difference in breast cancer research, think about donating to the Komen Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center. That’s my cancer center, in case you didn’t know, and I am very proud they are home to this project. (And if you visit that link, you’ll see my oncologist, who is the president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology this year. Woo hoo!)...

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National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week

This week, April 5-11, is National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week. While survival rates for age groups younger and older have improved, survival rates for those diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15 and 39 have not improved since 1975. As a young survivor of breast cancer, I can tell you that fact is hard to hear. I can also tell you that young adult survivors deal with issues of particular importance to them, including...

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Mar17

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

On this day in 2006, I was diagnosed with cancer. That makes me a four-year survivor today! To celebrate, I made this t-shirt. (Thanks to Andy for taking the...

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Upper commando doesn’t always suck or “a post for Marsi”

Part of me wants to delete the “Bras are for people with breasts” post and never speak of it again. However, I’ve never deleted a post I’ve made yet after almost four years of blogging and I think there is a principle in there somewhere I haven’t quite put into words. (And to let you know how my week is going, I just typed “putten words to.” My head hurts.) So, understand that while I’m...

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Baldtober
Oct03

Baldtober

Pay attention when you see commercials for breast cancer related items. Whether it’s commercials for drugs to treat breast cancer, ads for cancer treatment centers or glossy ads in magazines to encourage you to buy a pink vaccuum to support the cause, do you see her? Do you see the bald, sick woman, wondering if she is going to survive treatment, let alone the disease? Do you see the woman wondering whether she should remove her...

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It’s pinktober
Oct01

It’s pinktober

Yes, it’s that time of year again – time for the annual onslaught of pink ribbon marketing. I could tell you about how exploitive I think pink ribbon marketing is. I could rant and rave about how little some of the companies actually give to breast cancer research. I could piss and moan about how some companies give to causes that I don’t even think are worth our dime. (Who ISN’T aware?) But I won’t. I...

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