Mom, Can You Make Me Some Shrimp?

  This is the question I got from my 16 year old son on a recent weekend afternoon....more

Why I Fell In Love With Dr. Susan Love

 During this month, a lot of money will be raised for breast cancer. Here's the organization that I'll be supporting and why.  I hope you'll consider it when you make your own donations....more

The Faces Of Breast Cancer

The Top 5 Ways To Prepare For Dropping Your Child Off At College

Two weekends ago I took my 18 year old daughter to college.We flew out together to a campus on the other side of the country, where I helped her move into her dorm room, bought her a veritable sh**t load of dorm supplies at Target, helped her buy her text books (meaning I provided the credit card), attended a few orientations and met her room-mate; the one person on the entire campus that my daughter knew (and they'd really only texted and Facebooked each other a few times during the summer.)...more

Makeup For Women Over 40+

For about 10 years I've been using Lauren Hutton's makeup line.  I don't know if you've ever heard of it, she doesn't do a tremendous amount of marketing, but I heard about it somewhere (maybe More magazine, I'm not sure) several years ago and decided her theory of makeup made sense so I tried it and have been hooked ever since....more

Cleaning the Pool

Tonight I back-washed and vacuumed our in-ground pool all by myself.I know, it may not sound like that big of a deal to all of you, but let me tell you, vacuuming a pool after a bilateral mastectomy is no small feat.  To vacuum a pool you need to use your chest muscles to push the vacuum all the way down into the bottom of the pool against the pressure of the water, and it's way harder than you'd think under normal circumstances, let alone after a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.Let me just say: Ouch....more

The Scent of Memory - My Father

A Breast Cancer Rant

 Be forewarned:  This is a breast cancer rant....more

"You Have Dense Breasts": This Information May Save Your Life

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, I was told by the mammography radiologist that I had dense breasts.  This was the first time I had ever heard this, and I'd been getting mammograms for 10 years. In fact, I had never heard of dense breasts before and asked him what he meant.  He explained "Your breasts are really dense and so the mammogram isn't able to see if there are any other lumps or suspicious areas in them."  I pressed for more information and he then explained that when breast tissue is dense, it's more fibrous instead of fatty which makes it very difficult to see anything in them, even with a mammogram. ...more
sidrem  I didn't know about thermagrophy, thanks for sharing the info.more