Medical Debt

Did you know that the vast majority of bankruptcies in the United States are filed because of excessive medical debt? Once a person needs medical care, especially when that care is ongoing/chronic/forever, medical debt can become an overwhelming issue with no end in sight. Then, add on the aggressiveness with collection from health care companies … Continue reading Medical Debt

Patriotic Celebrations

Both of my grandfather's served in the military during WWII and there was always a sense of citizenship and responsibility communicated within my family. Going into the legal profession only heightened those messages from my family of origin and when I lived in Norfolk, Virginia while attending law school, I had the opportunity to see … Continue reading Patriotic Celebrations

National Cancer Survivor’s Day, 2022

According to the website, NCSD.org, National Cancer Survivors Day® (NCSD) is the first Sunday in June each year and is set aside as: a CELEBRATION for those who have survived,an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of SUPPORT for families, and an OUTREACH to the community.https://ncsd.org This organization, as many others do, define a "survivor" as follows: A survivor is anyone living with a … Continue reading National Cancer Survivor’s Day, 2022

Chasing a Cure, Part II, evaluating legitimacy

In Part I, I laid out some of reasons why finding a cure for cancer is a really big deal. A REALLY BIG DEAL. So many people's lives are riding on medical innovation and creativity, mine included. And so it's important to be able to evaluate whether a "source" or a "study" is something to … Continue reading Chasing a Cure, Part II, evaluating legitimacy

Chasing a Cure, Part I, a PROBLEM

No one wants there to be a cure for cancer more than me. A cure for cancer would mean that instead of knowing that I will leave my boys with a gaping hole in their lives, I might get to see them grow up, dance with them at their weddings, meet my grandchildren. The list … Continue reading Chasing a Cure, Part I, a PROBLEM

A follow up to billing issues …

I wrote a blog post recently about feeling in the middle between my insurance company and my cancer center this week and you can access that here if you are curious about that. In the midst of that experience, I had multiple conversations with people in my life about medical billing issues AND received bills … Continue reading A follow up to billing issues …

305PinkPack

As many of you know, I currently live in Miami, Florida and I've posted/talked about my involvement with the 305PinkPack at various times. The Pack, as we often term it, is the brainchild of Rosemary Carrera, a breast cancer survivor, a medical professional, and all around amazing person. Here is how she describes her experience … Continue reading 305PinkPack

Patient Centric

For the last five (5) years, I’ve been an active patient. This means I see a plethora of doctors regularly in a variety of places/states/types of offices, I have a pharmacy in my bathroom for cancer treatments and all the side effucks, and I’m in infusions centers, phlebotomy labs and hospitals regularly. I also ask … Continue reading Patient Centric

Tumor Heterogeneity

"Tumor Heterogeneity" (TH) is a phrase that often comes up in discussions with my medical team and with researchers as we all attempt to understand and anticipate the behavior of the cancer cells. From some of my discussions with other patients on social media, there does seem to be a lot of confusion about this … Continue reading Tumor Heterogeneity

Book Review: Hope Rising; How the Science of Hope Can Change Your Life

Recently, a dear friend and fellow MBC'er Andra Kalnins and her sister, Ilga Leimanis, began posting about their project entitled "Sister Hope." I was intrigued and followed how they presented the culmination of their discussions and activities as they worked together to process Andra's recurrent Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer diagnosis. As I did, I … Continue reading Book Review: Hope Rising; How the Science of Hope Can Change Your Life