Dynamic/Invisible Disability

I've written a lot about labels and fitting into groups of people or feeling a part of a group of people. I think that means I think about it a lot. Bottom line, as I've said over and over, belonging and feeling accepted is fundamental and words/labels really do matter, especially when you are a … Continue reading Dynamic/Invisible Disability

COVID Vaccine, Part I

I've seen so many people assert quite confidently that the COVID vaccine is perfectly safe and an equal number of people quite confidently say that it is not at all safe. Who is right? I have no idea. Were you thinking I'd say something else? I do have a lot of opinions and I'm not … Continue reading COVID Vaccine, Part I

Surge Capacity

However you want to describe my personality, I'm a good person in a crisis. I am able to assess and understand data pretty quickly, and I've honed my ability to collaborate and find solutions amidst the chaos while holding myself aloof from the emotions. It helps that I'm usually able to wait to fall apart … Continue reading Surge Capacity

Metastatic Parenthood

I count myself blessed to be surrounded by amazingly talented and resilient advocates in the MBC community. Everywhere I look, there's another advocate who saw the missing pieces of support in his/her own life or in the lives of the people around them and is seeking to address that gap. I've often said that the … Continue reading Metastatic Parenthood

One hour person

I was recently watching The Resident on Fox and one of the depictions of the patient's really resonated with me.  As an aside, if you don't already follow The Resident, let me suggest you try it out.  Lots of really interesting behind the scenes depictions of health care!  I'm sure it's not 100% accurate; at the … Continue reading One hour person

SABCS 2020

The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) occurs every year and is the largest gathering of breast cancer researchers and clinicians in the world that I know about. I've attended the conference in person the last two years and it's overwhelming in size and content. For 2020, as with most conferences, SABCS shifted it's content … Continue reading SABCS 2020

Presentations

Even before I went to graduate school to get an actual education degree, I've spent a lot of time in my life teaching. This role was given to me early on in life as the eldest of six and continued as we were all homeschooled, most of us through middle school. While we didn't have … Continue reading Presentations

Different types of courage

I've written before about courage in the face of Adversity and how it takes a special kind of courage to keep going while living with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC). As I've been learning more about myself and my own personality, I realize that I tend to gravitate towards more concrete parts of courage … Continue reading Different types of courage

Wire Localization

Sounds a bit medieval, right? When I showed up for my pre-surgical appointment, I was told for the first time that a radiologist would be inserted wires in my breast tissue to guide the surgeon in ensuring that she cut precisely and removed both tumors and then weird space in between that looked like it … Continue reading Wire Localization

Cancer and COVID

Every now and again, I'm asked to participate in discussions about Cancer online. I suppose a byproduct of being open and vocal on social media means that other notice! Fazla Seker, MD is the CEO of Molli Surgical, which is involved in developing medical devices that makes surgery and other medical procedures easier on doctors … Continue reading Cancer and COVID