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 …

Being Present.

Bonnie goes in for surgery in less than 24 hours… A Laparoscopic Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy ie Fallopian Tubes and Ovaries via a small incision with a camera on a tube and …

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 …

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 …

Arming Ourselves

“The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought.” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War I’ve started thinking about this as a …

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 …

Social

We posted our present reality on Facebook today. We shared our fears and hopes and we opened up our hearts to whomever may look in. It felt so scary for …

Alternative Paths?

I am amazed at the vitriol that was posted on social media sites following Angelina Jolie’s announcement about her positive BRCA diagnosis and consequent double mastectomy. The anger at “big …

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? …