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Image: Yourbloodtest.com Prior to every chemotherapy treatment and now every appointment with my oncologist, I have to get a blood test. Why, you ask?  Well, blood tests, sometimes called blood panels, are one of a physician’s most basic tools  to … Continue reading

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Image: Provimaging.com Recently, I was asked about reduced-fee or free resources for breast and cervical cancer screenings. It occurred to me that I knew about them but hadn’t yet posted the information. Whoopsie! Regular check-ups (that include screening) are so … Continue reading

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Image: Birthdaydirect.com Women with radiographically dense breast tissue face a higher risk of developing breast cancer and may benefit from screening with digital, rather than film, mammography.  Yet most aren’t aware of the association between dense tissue and disease risk, … Continue reading

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Image: Chapmanschewe.com I recently attended an interesting conference about how to be your own advocate, especially after a diagnosis. Navigating the healthcare system was really tough when I was sick. The truth of the matter is that between my diagnosis … Continue reading

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Image: Immediatemd.com Have you ever had one of those “I reaaaaaaaly need to go for a run” moments (or hours)? They typically occur after days like – SuperBowl Sunday or birthday parties. You know what happens!! I eat a bunch … Continue reading

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Image: anxietybehaviour.com The After period of breast cancer presents its own unique set of challenges. The anxiety and depression that sneaked in AFTER my breast cancer treatment was a real shocker. Once I was done with treatment, I thought I was … Continue reading

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Image: vminewengland.com Caregiving can be a demanding and stressful experience, either personally or professionally. Sometimes I don’t think that caregivers get enough credit for what they do. “Caregiver fatigue” is a serious condition characterized by a gradual lessening of compassion over … Continue reading

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Image: germancancertreatments.com Boy, oh boy, was my calendar packed with doctor appointments during my treatment phase. As I look back in my calendar, I not only had my chemo sessions penned in, but I also had additional appointments with an … Continue reading

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Image: Chemosabe-socks.blogspot.com This week, I have another check-up.  I’m going for my blood work tomorrow morning and will see my Oncologist for a nice chat. I am a little nervous. So much so that I’m writing about it.  Ok, there. … Continue reading

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Image: Superhumanstore.com I wish I had known about “Butterfly” needles prior to my breast cancer. What’s that you ask? Well, read on. I had to get my blood drawn (a requirement before every checkup) the other day. Prior to getting the … Continue reading

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