One of the biggest lessons cancer taught me is that it comes in many different forms. When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, it is simply not just cancer. There are many different types of breast cancer, and once the type is determined, doctors can decide how best to treat it.
Continue reading Dissembling In Order to Save My Life
This essay was originally published on April 22, 2015.
I’ve been battling a cold for the past week, and I swear, it has legs. I guess I was due for one this severe, because I haven’t had a cold since I left the Great White North two-and-a-half years ago. I think that’s a personal record. I never got sick while I was on chemo, despite my non-existent immune system, so I think my body is treating me to a long overdue comeuppance.
Continue reading Preventable My Ass
This essay was originally published on February 17, 2015.
I need to preface this blog entry by saying I have zero medical, legal, and pharmacological training.
What I do have is plenty of indignation towards the pharmaceutical industry, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their unethical practices. What’s got me so hot and bothered (pun intended) is a television commercial I saw a little while ago for a recently approved non-hormonal hot flash medication named Brisdelle.
Continue reading A Penny For Your Hot Flashes?
This essay was originally published on January 23, 2015.
As I cool my heels waiting for radiation, or “roasting” as I’ve been jokingly referring to it, to begin, I’ve started working a bit, and also returned to as much normal activity as I can. That normalcy has included leisurely strolls through public places, so I can get my body used to moving again.
Continue reading The Soy Debate