BFFL Co. As many of you already know, sharing tips with friends is one of my favorite things to do. One company that I have been meaning to tell you about is BFFL Co. BFFL stands for “Best Friends for Life”. Isn’t that the cutest name? Well, it’s a cute name with a very real and… Continue reading BFFL Co.
Rita Wilson Breast Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment Did you hear about Rita Wilson? FBC. Yep. I was as surprised as you are. Having been in her shoes – well, not exactly in her shoes as I certainly am not a public figure – I understand how hard it is to share personal and difficult news with family… Continue reading Rita Wilson Breast Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment
Last night, I received an email alert from the New York Times with an article entitled, “Angelina Jolie Pitt: Diary of a Surgery.” My first thought was “here we go again.” As you may recall (who in the world doesn’t), two years ago, Angelina Jolie (pre-Pitt) underwent a “preventative” double mastectomy. I wrote about it here shortly thereafter. Please allow… Continue reading Angelina Jolie Pitt: Diary of a Surgery
Recently, I came across a fantastic article about choosing between having a mastectomy versus a lumpectomy for early FBC. Making any one of the seemingly bagillion decisions that have to be made after hearing the words, “You have cancer” can be overwhelming, confusing and twinkie-eating inducing. Just kidding on that last part. Sort of.… Continue reading Mastectomy vs. Lumpectomy
Let’s Talk About Sex (During Cancer Treatment), Baby In the midst of a cancer diagnosis, treatment, or recovery, intimacy can easily slip to the bottom of the priority list (if it makes it on the list at all!). I know that this was the case for me. As a bald skeleton, the last thing in… Continue reading Let’s Talk About Sex (During Cancer Treatment), Baby
Clothes Shopping Post-Mastectomy – It’s the Junior High Locker Room All Over Again! Here’s something that I didn’t expect (and that no one tells you about!!!) post-mastectomy: the fear and anxiety of clothes shopping and more specifically, dressing rooms. Uh huh. Please allow me to explain. Last week when I was in New York, I… Continue reading Clothes Shopping Post-Mastectomy – It’s the Junior High Locker Room All Over Again!
One of my dear readers was unfortunately diagnosed with FBC (f-bomb breast cancer for new readers). She is having surgery in the next couple of weeks and asked me if I would do a post on how to prepare. Absa-positive-ly! Having surgery – any kind of surgery! – is one of life’s most difficult experiences.… Continue reading How to Prepare for Surgery
There is nothing – absolutely nothing! – like being constipated after surgery. Oh dear heavens is it ever wretched. (Unfortunately!) I’ve had to walk several girlfriends through the process in the last month. So, I thought I’d share my (tried and true) step-by-step tips for preventing and eliminating constipation.* Post surgical constipation stems from taking narcotics.… Continue reading The Girlfriend's Guide to Constipation Relief
The Angelina Jolie Mastectomy Last week was a full-ON Angelia Jolie kind of week. Because so many people have asked my opinion about her decision to have a double mastectomy, I thought I’d weigh in with my reaction to her Op-Ed piece in the New York Times. So many references have been made to Angelina… Continue reading The Angelina Jolie Mastectomy Factor
Today, I am really excited to share a guest post by my colleague and friend, Dr. Betsy Bates Freed. In addition to being a clinical psychologist, she is also a medical journalist who writes a weekly blog for Oncology Report. Where breast cancer is concerned, every woman’s viewpoint is unique. And in each individual patient,… Continue reading Guest Post: Not Just Another Body Part