Well-meaning but clueless person: "Let me know if you need anything." Snarky me: "Really?  Thanks!  Empty your purse and let's see what you have in there. Wait, is that purse Prada? I need that; I have medical bills to pay and want to look good paying them. Oh, that's a pretty wedding ring, lots of diamonds, can I have that too?" What you should say is absolutely nothing. This is a time ...

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Many of you know that a judge in Pennsylvania has determined that the popular "I Heart Boobies" bracelets worn by middle school students are a form of free speech intended to raise awareness of breast cancer and cannot be restricted by schools. As much as I love a good double-entrendre, I find the entire situation to be sad, particularly the misinformed comments I've seen made by parents of ...

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So, you've cut off your breast(s) and poisoned and radiated your body.  You've hit all your medical milestones - surgery, chemo, herceptin. You've recovered and the  hair on your legs has grown back to plague you, and you have gotten back to a normal life.  Work, jobs, family. Shaving. Yet you are changed.  You didn't expect this, but each time you get dressed or undressed, you can't help but notice your mastectomy ...

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My oncologist's office implemented a new EMR system when I was in the middle of chemo. Once the nurses learned the system, I saw no difference in the care I got from them. Not quite so with the doctor. My experience with him changed dramatically. Before EMR I would enter the exam room and sit on a chair, play Angry Birds on my iPhone and wait. My doctor would walk in, make ...

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