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

Why is Cancer Fatigue so debilitating?

When I was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) in 2017, I thought I knew what fatigue was. I've powered through many nights of none or little sleep in my life, through graduate school, through starting a business that occupied every waking moment, through two pregnancies, and two children while managing said business. … Continue reading Why is Cancer Fatigue so debilitating?

BCAM: A Wrap Up

Still hanging in there? I get tunnel vision at times and focus on one issue or one thing to the exclusion of most everything else. This can be useful at times, like preparing for a trial or a surgery or getting a project done; at the same time, it can be problematic as well. For … Continue reading BCAM: A Wrap Up

BCAM: October 31st

It's been quite the month, right? If you have stuck with me this whole month of facts and information about Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC), you deserve a medal! Go ahead and pat yourself on the back for getting to the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) 2020 a/k/a Pinktober a/k/a Stinktober. And now remember … Continue reading BCAM: October 31st

BCAM: October 30th

Labels. Labels are fraught with meaning and can be difficult for a variety of meanings. Adiba tackles the label survivor in this way ... Breast Cancer Survivor. What does that actually mean? Should I that live with metastatic breast cancer ever be called a survivor? I say no! Please don't call me that!You hear breast … Continue reading BCAM: October 30th