5 Weeks Post Double Mastectomy

There’s no doubt that a major life event can make you re-evaluate. I’ve often said, “sometimes we have to climb mountains before we climb hills.” Those bigger challenges may help …

Preparation For Double Mastectomy

I’m pretty set with necessities for my surgery Friday, December 6: a nipple sparing Prophylactic Bilateral Mastectomy (PBM) with reconstruction (expanders first, implant exchange surgery to follow in the spring). I’ve …

Loving Yourself

So, one surgery is behind me. A surgery that no one could predict what my symptoms would be once my ovaries and fallopian tubes were out. How many changes would …

It’s Your Word

When you have a negative experience with a product or company, do you write to them about it? I don’t always, but I have on occasion. It’s hard to forget …

A Magical Band of Allies

I’ve been listening to a mediation for surgery with visualizations and affirmations for the past week. It’s become my teddy bear. And I’ve come to look forward to Belleruth Naparstek’s …

August 2nd Lady Parts Surgery

Here we go. I have a Bilateral Salpingo Oophorectomy (or BSO) surgery scheduled for Aug. 2 to remove my ovaries and fallopian tubes as risk prevention for ovarian cancer. You may …

Take Care of Yourself

Since our last post, we were able to take a short break from the BRCA journey, work and life in LA and spend some time in Northern California. Thanks to a …

Process Makes Perfect.

In the past 2 weeks, I’ve found out I’m relatively normal! Just a serious genetic mutation and a history of melanoma to get in the way. But otherwise, normal. In …

Green Palate Perk

And now for a[nother] nutritional break… We have been juicing broccoli stems in a green drink this past week, leaving us with lots of broccoli to eat. I found the …

Wake Up Green

And now for a nutritional break… Oh for the love of oxygen! Dark leafy green plants contain chlorophyll, which cleanses, builds and alkalizes your blood and acts like an energy …

What to Ask… Lady Parts

This is a compilation of what we’re learning to ask using resources from the book Positive Results, speaking to other women who have gone through prophylactic surgeries due to a BRCA …

What to Ask… Breast

Breast Surgeons and Plastic Surgeons This is a compilation of what we’re learning to ask using resources from the book Positive Results, speaking to other women who have gone through …

Gratitude for BRCA

When my older sister got diagnosed with a 2nd breast cancer two months ago and had to have a mastectomy, it changed things for me as well. She’s been incredibly brave …

15 Years of Surveillance

When my mother died nearly 4 years ago, I was crushed. It wasn’t just losing her, it was how we lost her. Her cancer, multiple myeloma, was ugly and furious. …

Positive Results: BRCA2

My world just got rocked!! I carry the BRCA2 mutation. This indicates a probability that I will get breast and/or ovarian cancer in my lifetime. Why did I get tested? …