I lost a friend to breast cancer this week. Sandee was a hardworking, kind, funny, sweet, bright light of a person who fought her cancer with everything she had. She refused to let it take over her life, saying with joy "See! I told you I'd make it longer than a week!" when given a diagnosis time frame from her doctor. She and I had a conversation about her heath one day, … [Read more...] about Breast Cancer Steals Many Things, But Not Love
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The following post is sponsored by Genentech’s Faces of MBC Get your box of tissues and be ready to be moved. Breast cancer has affected all of us in one way or another. As a mom, sister, daughter, friend, or co-worker, we are all familiar with the emotional rollercoaster that goes along with a breast cancer diagnosis. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we wanted … [Read more...] about Support a Loved One with Metastatic Breast Cancer
To start at the beginning, read Chapter 1: Abby's Crap News - AKA My "Journey" With Cancer When it comes to losing one's hair, there is a huge difference between theoretical and actual - and this may sound totally sexist, but I think it's much worse if you're a woman. (Except maybe if you're Ozzy Osbourne or Russell Brand.) Chemotherapy = hair loss. We all know this, … [Read more...] about Chapter 5: Hair Loss – Breast Cancer
As a woman ages, her attitude about sex may change as well. How a woman feels - physically as well as mentally - can play a part in how aging affects her sex drive. Although aging often decreases a woman’s desire for sex, there are many things you can do to alter your libido and enhance your sexual experience. Physiological Changes As women age, their bodies go through many … [Read more...] about Not in the Mood? It Could Be Your Age!
My husband and I had been married less than a year when crisis struck. As a patient with primary schlerosing cholangitis (PSC), he had always known he would need a liver transplant someday. What we didn't know was that he'd almost die waiting for one. As the years with PSC, an inflammation of the bile ducts, passed without notice, John had lived a normal life. But just as his … [Read more...] about How To Handle A Partner’s Extreme Illness