Breast Cancer

I needed to know so much more about how breast cancer would affect me. Here are ten things I wish I’d known then.

10 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

I needed to know so much more about how breast cancer would affect me. Here are ten things I wish I’d known then. My life didn’t end.

My skin is healing. My breast is healing. My heart is healing.

Healing The Heart Through Radiotherapy For Breast Cancer 

I was calm when the doctor told me I had breast cancer. I remember thinking that I could cope with anything — strength was in me, somehow.


Breast Cancer Detection: Feel Yourself Up On The Regular

It’s October, and everything is about to go pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. That means we all get our annual reminder to be aware of our own breast tissue and all the ways we can take care of it.

My mammogram’s fine. I’m fine. Until next year. But four years and counting, I’ll take the fear, I’ll take the dread, just so I’m still around to feel it again next year.

How I Survive The Worst Day Of The Year (Every Year)

As a breast cancer survivor, the worst day of the year is when I go for my mammogram. True, nobody actually likes mammos, but I’ve been bitten by one. On the way to my annual squishing, I realized that I have a bunch of coping strategies.

Since my battle with breast cancer in the spring of 2013, my life changed forever.

Compassion Is Complicated After Cancer

Upset you lost your keys? Try losing your breast. Pissed off about missing that train? Try missing your son’s 8th grade graduation because of a horrific infection from fluid buildup in the previously-mentioned missing breast. See what I mean? It kind of puts life into perspective.

Those living with terminal cancer need support too (Image Credit: Thinkstock)

Moving Beyond The Pink Ribbons

In order to connect with other men and women living with a terminal diagnosis, LoRe founded Hope and Friendship Metastatic Breast Cancer Foundation, which provides a support group in northern Massachusetts, where she lives. Through the support group LoRe has seen the devastating effects of breast cancer, which too often go unnoticed amid early detection and awareness campaigns.

Cancer survivors will tell you that from the moment a doctor says, “You have cancer,” it consumes your life. It’s not only terrifying, it’s disruptive to the lives of entire families.

Calling Double Mastectomies "Overkill" Misses The Point

Women I’ve known with breast cancer are willing to go through screening, diagnosis, and treatment once — and only once.

It gets better than this.

The Important Lessons I Learned From Chemo

You realize pretty soon that everything other than cancer — i.e. missing a train, being late to your dentist appointment — is no biggie compared to the suck factor of chemo.