I continue to be shocked at the number of cancer survivors who are ill-informed about exercise and lymphedema or that they are even at risk.
They dive head first into an exercise routine, thinking they can pick up right where they left off, only to experience painful, disfiguring swelling that may or may not be reversible.
While preparing a basic workout program, I realized that just advising you to perform lymph drainage exercises will not cut it.
Time to call in an expert!
Continue reading “EXERCISES FOR BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS”
It has to be around here somewhere, hidden among stacks of papers, photos and slides that tell the story of your life.
You must have been in your early twenties when those beach pictures were taken. You were so young and beautiful, smiling in your shorts and tied up shirt. Flipping through them, I can almost feel the summer sun and sand on my skin.
There are black and white snapshots of you and Dad in the early days of your marriage, beginning with your wedding day and then holding your babies. Dad had hair that seemed to get thinner as more of us came along.
Continue reading “LETTER TO MARY”
May 25, 2017
I’ve read that the first shower after breast surgery is on par with orgasm.
Ummm…..not so much.
Continue reading “ORGASMIC?”
May 19, 2017
Great news today! Doc called to say that my pathology report showed no cancer in the left breast and all lymph nodes were clear. Tumor in the right had shrunk to about 1.5 cm (1/2 inch) and they got it all.
Hopes remain high that my oncologist will not recommend radiation.
Continue reading “THE ROAD TO RECOVERY”
Many doctors’ examining rooms are decorated in neutral colors with tasteful art on the walls, giving you things to look at while you’re waiting, usually in some state of undress, for them to pop in.
Continue reading “WTF? NOBODY TOLD ME ABOUT THIS (AND THEY PROBABLY DIDN’T TELL YOU EITHER)”