Why I Relay

By Muriel the Editor
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March 14, 2014

I am a team captain for Relay for Life, because I know that I am a lucky duck (one of my mother’s favorite expressions) since my cancers (lung and breast) were detected early and unrelated. I had two surgeries in six weeks, six rounds of chemotherapy and 33 days of radiation in nine months.  Six […]

Wish Granted – Santa is Real!

By Muriel the Editor
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December 06, 2013

Yesterday I had my annual six-month mammogram and ultrasound, and for some reason, I can’t explain why, I was extremely anxious  about the outcome. There was no reason for me to feel this way, nothing unusual in my breasts ─ yet, my feelings of dread were quite strong. As an added kicker, a black cat crossed […]

Breast Cancer is Scary!

By Muriel the Editor
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November 01, 2013

Halloween was last night so it is appropriate to write about how scary it is to receive a breast cancer diagnosis. Cancer is scarier than any haunted house you’ve ever visited because haunted houses are not real; cancer is the real thing. When you ask a cancer survivor to describe how they felt when they […]

What Should I Drink During Football Season? (Part II)

By Alice Pereira RD CDE
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October 28, 2013

Alcoholic beverages are often consumed when celebrating festive occasions and football season is a festive occasion for sure particularly when our teams are winning games. Alcohol consumption has been considered a risk factor for many cancers including breast cancer until recently. Are you interested? In 2005, the Life After Cancer Epidemiology (LACE) study showed that […]

Test Anxiety Confirmed

By Muriel the Editor
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July 19, 2013

Do you still have test anxiety whenever you have to go to the doctor – not only your oncologist, but any doctor? Well, I do, and it is getting to be around that time again. My appointment is in August and I’m starting to feel the rush of adrenaline that always accompanies a visit. Even […]

Is there a connection between heart disease and breast cancer?

By Muriel the Editor
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February 08, 2013

February 1 marked the 10th year of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement — 10 years of fighting to save women’s lives from heart disease. There has been much progress in educating women about heart disease, but there is still a lot of work to be done (when have I said that […]

World Cancer Day is February 4

By Muriel the Editor
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February 01, 2013

World Cancer Day 2013 is Monday, February 4.  It is fitting that as breast cancer survivors we follow the lead and join in educating our families and friends about the issues of concern not in the global or international world, but in our own world, the world of breast cancer. The theme of this year’s […]

STILL SMOKING? A Lung and Breast Cancer Connection

By Muriel the Editor
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November 09, 2012

Most breast cancer survivors are well-versed in the definition of the word “metastasis.” As we learn throughout our journey, a metastasis may or may not occur at the same time the primary cancer was diagnosed; metastasis of the primary cancer can occur months or even years later.  According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer […]

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble – It’s Test Time Again!

By Muriel the Editor
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October 26, 2012

You would think that after being a breast and lung cancer survivor for almost five years, having a few simple tests like a mammogram and an ultrasound would be a breeze.  YOU ARE SO WRONG! My head is spinning round and round, and today, 11 days before my tests, I am freaking out big time. […]

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