Breast Cancer

It's not cancer!
(Strap yourselves in; this is a long one.) For the past couple of years, I have been having regular mammograms (even though I’m not 40 yet) due to a cluster of abnormal – and painful – cells in my left breast. My doctors have been very proactive in monitoring this odd little cluster of cells, which were all within my milk ducts. This summer, the cluster grew and I had an ultrasound with a...
Bridget and her children.
Given that Thanksgiving falls in this month, and given that it is a gentle reminder to count your blessings, although we really should do it every day, it was fitting that my topic should be about gratitude! I have had a recent life experience that has compelled me to look at my personal gratitude through a different lens. Three weeks ago, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer . I have DCIS (Ductal...
Pink Ribbon
It’s that time of year again, where everything turns pink. Sometimes breast cancer is called the glamour cancer—NOT because anything about it is glamorous, but because the awareness surrounding it is very pink and attention grabbing. But let’s look at the reality of it. The statistics show that 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer, and it is the 2nd leading cause of death (for women)....
Reaching out to a friend
Friendships ebb and flow no matter what age you are or circumstance you’re in—that is just reality. My co-worker and I were discussing all the “best” friends that we’ve had throughout the seasons of our lives. Rarely have the friendships “ended,” rather our lives shifted and distance and time got the better of us. It takes effort and communication (with any relationship), but I think all too often...
Jackie Shockley december
I live bravely by staying fit. I do that by doing CrossFit at CrossFit Lewes. CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity. I started when I was 62 years old when I would have to stop and breathe before I could walk up stairs. Now, at nearly 66, I am in great physical and mental shape. I have done things I never thought I could do, slowly at first but I...
Tanya Hernandez
"I believe that being positive and keeping a smile on your face will help push you through the bad. At the age of 35, I received the devastating news that I now had breast cancer. I continued to move forward with my life, even after nine long months, and kept a strong, positive attitude in my life as well as at work. As a bank teller I try to keep a smile on my face because I don’t like to bring...
mammograms october
During the month of October there is a “Pink” spotlight placed on breast cancer awareness. Pink ribbons are everywhere. Even the NFL recognizes the importance of breast cancer awareness. But, what does it mean to you? Are you doing everything you can to reduce your risk of breast cancer or to detect it sooner? Here are 5 Things you should know: Know Your Breasts . You know your breasts better than...
Shadette Cancer Taught Me
Cancer taught me that I can be vulnerable and strong. I can be scared and secure. I can be worried and confident…. And, I can be these things all at the same time. Cancer taught me that there are no rules; there is no ONE way to feel. I learned that I still have a life to live. Cancer taught me that we all really are the same. We all are really in this together – patients, providers, caregivers,...
Roger and Andrea Hanna
Words have more power than you can imagine. Good, bad, compassionate, hurtful – the list goes on. “You have cancer” are words. Aggressive, chemotherapy, radiation, quick decisions to be made, and time is precious – those are words too. The initial sucker punch to the belly was replaced with plans A, B and C – my usual way of dealing with anything thrown at me. Then I decided that it was a “word”...
Cancer Taught Me Robyn
I’ve been a nurse for 32 years and a cancer survivor for 17 months and they are both a big part of who I am. I love being a nurse. I love taking care of people. Then one day, I’m told I have breast cancer. All of a sudden, I’m a patient. I’m on the other side of the bed and I don’t like it. I’m out of my comfort zone. My life was changed in that instant and I was afraid. But my family and friends,...