E is for Equivalency

I remember my NOLA oncologist, Dr. Gurtler, being very opinionated, forceful, and persuasive about a number of things in regards to my diagnosis and treatment: She thought I should have reconstruction. She considered exercise as being extremely important and I was truly impressed with her personal exercise regimen–she walked her talk. Alcohol is really, really […]

National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day 2018

According to the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network, today, October 13, 2018, marks the 10th Anniversary of National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. We often forget in this era of Susan B. Komen, Ford’s Warriors in Pink (don’t get me started on that one today–I’ll write a Think Before You Pink post later), pink ribbons, and […]

You’ll get your turn in the center ring. You can count on that.

Susan Silk and Barry Goldwater’s 2013 Op Ed sums up the idea of comfort going into your world while heart ache, drama and pain are heading out, in this great piece. I wrote a blog post about it in 2013 and also again 2 years ago when my sister was dealing with pneumonia. 5 years […]

The Impact of High Turn Over

Seriously???? Why is it that my medical team here in Chicago is starting to resemble a charter school staff with it’s obnoxiously high turnover rates? No one sticks around for any extended time!!! In 2017, my oncology primary care physician of 2.5 years jumped ship to become the director of another university’s adult cancer survivorship […]