I’ll never forget the moment I heard, “You have cancer.” My only thought was “Oh my God... my sons are two and five. They will never remember me if I die.”
I began filming special moments with the boys, such as reading to them, going to the park… anything so that they would have these moments if I died.
The pink party® was established by Elyse Walker in honor of her mother, Barbara Feder, who discovered her cancer when she had Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer.
She didn’t have the benefit of the treatments available today, but thanks to pink party®, Dr. Beth Y. Karlan, MD, and the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Cancer Program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute have received over $6 million dollars in funding for treatment and research.
We were lucky enough to get Dr. Karlan's perspective on how helpful and inspiring the event is:
Did you know that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime? It's the most commonely diagnosed cancer in women.
Experts agree that early detection is the best defense against this deadly disease, and since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we want to encourage moms everywhere to give themselves a monthly breast self exam (BSE).
Do you know how to do a BSE properly? If not, here are the guidelines that every women needs to know:
Let me paint a picture for you: There I was in my bikini feeling the warmth of the sun, soaking in some Vitamin D, and enjoying the fact that while I need an extra full bottom, I can still sport a skimpy little bikini top. I was hanging with a bunch of other moms (and dads) while our collective group of a dozen or so kids ran around a water park. Quite possibly, this could have been a scene out of the movie, Grown Ups, or a bad horro
Judy Blume revealed her battle with breast cancer on Wednesday in a blog post titled "!@#$% Happens."
The 74-year-old author of many popular young adult books - including "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" - received the diagnosis in early June.
"A visit to the radiologist on June 12 for a routine ultrasound (dense breast tissue) led to a core biopsy." The results showed the presence of invasive ductal carcinoma.
Blume wrote about trying to process the news:
This weekend, Missouri Representative Todd Akin (R) made a statement to Fox’s KTVI-TV in St. Louis that confused the masses and sparked national outrage:
“From what I understand from doctors, it [referring to pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down.”
On August 1, Obama’s Affordable Care Act went into effect. The most controversial part of this act was the requirement for insurance companies to offer full coverage for preventative health care services, like contraception.
I love summertime, especially when that includes fun in the sun with family and friends. Where I live now, this also means pool, lake or beach get-togethers.
This is all great, but I have one big, big request that you PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE SUN.
Thank you so much for all your love, support and positive feedback regarding my thyroid biopsy. My results are a bit vague, to say the least.
My biopsy reports came back “Atypical.” I have been doing A LOT of research and I am still learning, but to the best of my knowledge what that means is more doctors, second opinions and more tests in the next weeks.
(Brooke shares an update on her diagnosis in the video - Cancer. Me?)