BCAM: October 9th

Before I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I had no idea that men could get it. And yet, they do. Adiba shares some statistics: Another note about men, as fathers, men carry the genes that can be passed on to their daughters and sons and raise the risk of developing breast cancer. Often, women believe … Continue reading BCAM: October 9th

BCAM: October 8th

When I was bald and my skin was literally gray from chemo, people stopped to help me. They opened doors (more than when I was hugely pregnant), they let me go in front of lines, they didn't give me weird looks when I parked in handicapped parking spots, etc. When I used a walker to … Continue reading BCAM: October 8th

BCAM: October 7th

Those of us with Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) live our lives in three (3), six (6) or twelve (12) month increments. What does that mean? We receive a scan in one of those increments, which tells us how our cancer is behaving. Traditionally, the first pattern is every three months. Adiba has this to say … Continue reading BCAM: October 7th

BCAM: October 6th

I am asked regularly -- "when will you be done with treatment" or "How are you recovering" or something similar. In my view, the fact that I'm asked these questions comes from two places: 1) people don't know what to say/ask, so they say/ask something that comes to mind; and 2) there is a fundamental … Continue reading BCAM: October 6th

BCAM; October 5th

The median age of diagnosis with breast cancer in the US is 61 and anyone who has seen a parade or group of women with breast cancer will note that the age trends towards the post-menopausal. However, the a growing segment is those of us diagnosed with breast cancer pre-menopausal. Many of us were told: … Continue reading BCAM; October 5th

Podcasting & Webinars

I've written before about podcasting and how I've learned a lot about podcasting, which seems to be an ever growing industry. You can read that post and the specifics about a live podcast that I did earlier in 2020 here. Now that celebrities and famous people like Michelle Obama are getting into podcasting, I think … Continue reading Podcasting & Webinars

BCAM; October 4th

Remember a few days ago when I talked about SEER and how those of us with Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) aren't counted correctly? Well, that lack of accuracy affects a lot more than just knowing how many people are living with MBC, it also affects how we know the risk of those who have been … Continue reading BCAM; October 4th

BCAM; October 3rd

When my mom had breast cancer 16 years ago, I thought all breast cancer was the same or similar enough to be virtually indistinguishable. Boy, was I wrong! There are, right now, eight (8) different subtypes and scientists are learning more about them all the time. Different subtypes tend to spread to different parts of … Continue reading BCAM; October 3rd

BCAM; October 2nd

In the Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) Community, we gain and lose men and women every day. We know that approximately 116 men and women die in the US every day from MBC, but we don't know how many are diagnosed since the SEER database doesn't count us correctly. I'll share more about this later in … Continue reading BCAM; October 2nd

BCAM: October 1st

Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) has begun and today I want to address why this is a difficult month for those of us living with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC). The sad fact of the matter is that BCAM has been traditionally overtaken with the pink-wearing, boa wearing, bra-on-the-outside-of-the-clothes wearing, hooping and hollering, dancing … Continue reading BCAM: October 1st