Pink Pathways Blog

“My New Normal”

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF NORMAL? Conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected. Well, I am here to say that going through breast cancer is not normal. Experiencing chemotherapy or going through a double mastectomy is not normal. So should we expect to come out the other side normal? I remember telling my mother (my caretaker, while I was going through breast cancer) that I just wanted to be normal. Normal at that time was to have energy, eat without feeling nauseous, go through a day without taking pain pills or just being able to walk down the block.   A year after chemotherapy,...
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What are your counts?

Neutropenia in Breast Cancer Treatment: Do you know what your counts are? by Lisa Schwartz, MD Breast cancer treatment is full of ups and downs. The highs usually come from completing a portion of treatment or getting good news about a procedure or test. The lows generally involve dealing with the many side effects that come with treatment (and the simple fact that you have to go through treatment at all). Most of the side effects to breast cancer treatment are annoying or impact your quality of life, but there is at least one that can be life threatening. That side effect...
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THEN AND NOW

No matter what date you have been diagnosed with cancer there is always a one year anniversary. Many people call it the “cancer anniversary”. It is the anniversary of your struggles, your triumphs, your pain and your survival. What is your date? I think about this year (I was told I had cancer on October 1, 2015 but I consider my anniversary date the last day of chemo on January 17, 2016 because I was cancer free then) and I am awe struck with my accomplishments this past year. First and foremost, I survived. I survived the shock of getting told I...
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GOOD DAYS COME TO THOSE THAT WRITE

Yes, Breast cancer is a journey. A big journey, one filled with lots of tears, fears, ups, downs, hopes and fears. My journey started on October 1, 2015 and ended on May 4, 2016 with my last surgery. There was days I could not see the “forest for the trees”. I could not find the energy to be thankful for anything and that was okay. The gratitude came later when I could walk farther down the block, when I could lift the box of cat litter, when I didn’t feel like crying anymore and when I felt “normal”. I came across this...
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HOUSEKEEPING & HAMBURGERS

  I put out a survey recently and posted it on Facebook. I asked women what they wanted or needed the most while they were going through breast cancer. Besides wanting their health back, this is what they mentioned. Many women told me that they wished they had someone to do housekeeping for them and make meals for their families. Many women told me that they really appreciated their friends and family that went grocery shopping for them or took care of the mundane chores that needs to be done. Did you know that there is an organization that is called “ Cleaning...
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HOW CAN .49 CENTS HELP ME WHILE I HAVE BREAST CANCER

  It is not easy to go through cancer by yourself. Yes, many people do do it but I highly recommend that you get support. There are many ways to do that either with a in person support group, online support group or with family/friends. While I was going through chemo I signed up for a wonderful group called Chemo Angels. I was assigned two angels (one from Texas and one from NJ- my home state) that wrote me every week. They sent me encouraging notes, letters and small gifts in the mail. On my bad days, it took all my energy...
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