Below you’ll find all the breast cancer posts I’ve written to date, on topics ranging from what to toss in your chemo bag to the more gritty stuff, like when depression creeps in and your usual “you-ness” comes to a screeching halt.
If you know anyone dealing with a new diagnosis, in active treatment, or trying to figure out survivorship – even if you’re a caregiver of someone walking any of these paths – consider me a resource if that would be helpful. We were put on this earth to help one another!
Which procedure is best? If it isn’t clear in your case, consider this.
You can find little ways to feel beautiful, even in the midst of all the awful.
For the newly diagnosed (or family members/caregivers) reading this, at a minimum, these are the questions to ask.
I remember how I felt in those last few sleeps before my first chemo appointment.
It’s scary and lonely. You waffle about whether or not it’s even the right decision…
A playlist for cancer treatment appointments can be a real comfort. Hello, welcome distraction and calming music!
Cancer (so far as I know) is squarely in the rearview mirror and I want to get back to feeling toned and trim and to enjoy the confidence that comes with knowing that I look as good as I feel. There is a bit of a reckoning that I’m working through though, and I don’t…
If it helps you benchmark what to expect, understanding that everyone’s cancer is unique, our treatments were likely different, and that individual hair growth varies from person to person, here are pics and timeframes for my own hair regrowth, Year 1.
Thinking of skipping your colonoscopy? Don’t.
Rock a runway. In a wedding dress. With a fascinator attached to barely-there peach fuzz.
Jelly bean sized lump of nothing? *crosses fingers and toes*
It depends. Mine was erratic, but I’m still glad I made time for it.
If cancer cells are still circulating, I don’t want to know.
Be neither afraid nor ignorant when breast pain presents.
You can fret or… you can find healthy ways to wait it out. I choose the latter.
You have options! Don’t suffer silently.
Being your own advocate isn’t just for active treatment.
We can all give of our time, our treasure, and our talents to bless those who are hurting. Share your gifts!
I dreaded starting this medicine. Many months later, I’m glad I didn’t give up on it.
Here are some of the best cancer-related support resources around.
Whether the one facing this body-altering surgery is you, or someone close to you, mastectomies can be a scary and emotional procedure to think about. One way to calm the nerves is to focus on the practical ways you can be prepared for it.
Here are the top 10 essentials to keep within reach of your infusion chair.
When in doubt, get checked out
Where skincare and makeup are concerned, I have always been a minimalist. I want to look my best of course, but I’m also not one to waste a lot of time or money.
There are four organizations that I have gotten to know this year (so far), and they have captured my attention for all the right reasons.
Taking four needles to the nipple is as painful as it sounds. Here’s how to deal.
Love it or loathe it, pink is forever linked to breast cancer awareness.
Don’t let anyone fool you; the fear never completely goes away.
Fear of recurrence is always in the back of any survivor’s mind.
These are the absolute must-dos before you bring a meal or have one delivered.
Styling chemo hair is a challenge. These headbands make it easy and effortless – as bonus, they are super chic and affordable too!
When active treatment ends, things don’t just go back to normal (whatever that word even means).
There are lots of ways to show support to a friend affected by cancer. Your time and your talents have the power to help heal!
These are the things not to say to someone who is fighting cancer. When my husband and I heard them, it usually had the opposite of the intended effect.
Frizzy chemo hair can be tamed. These two hair products made a huge difference for me. They also last a long time and are easy to use.
Regardless of your cancer type or treatment regimen, it’s all brutal. We can get by with a little help from our (superhero) friends.
This is why I had my head shaved before starting chemo.
Have you ever thought about your second favorite flavor of chewing gum? Or if you have enough plastic wrap in the pantry? If not, now is the time.
You don’t realize how important these face framers are until they completely disappear. In my case it was seemingly overnight. Rude!
Your medical oncologist will be a critical part of your care team not only during active treatment but also for five to 10 years afterward.
Same beach, different me. A retrospective on the weirdest year of my life.
To the faith leader of our family, who sits me down to read Jesus Calling, to the rad dad who makes an ordinary night super fun, rocking out to cheesy music blaring from the smart speaker…
Praying with someone one on one is such an intimate gesture – indeed it’s something I find intimidating to do with others. Yet here is someone who did it for me, and I will carry that with me, paying it forward as I can.