"Carol when the time comes, remember what I told you: Your mother won't be buried in a shroud."
From experience, when my mom referred to herself as "your mother," I knew I’d better listen up.…We had just left an attorney's office where my mom had signed her end of life directives: no feeding tubes, no ventilators, heroics, and Do Not Resuscitate orders. The day before, I was holding my mom's hand when her doctor gave her a harsh double diagnosis, breast cancer and Alzheimer's. My mom’s initial reaction to… >> Read More
Being diagnosed with breast cancer is one of the scariest things that can happen to a woman. For Limore, a trained opera singer and mom of three, this was definitely the case. This is why she wrote…the song "Alive" as a way to empower other women with cancer--and connect them through their struggle. The song is actually part of an album and documentary that will be released this month. On YouTube, Limore explained how the song came to be: "Limore wrote Alive three days after her first chemo treatment for breast… >> Read More
On Wednesday, March 23, I received the results from a biopsy I’d been dreading ever since the women of my family started getting diagnosed, one by one by one. Invasive carcinoma. Breast cancer. The…doctor breaking my news was compassionate and poetic. “Looks like you caught it early. This will be a hiccup on the road.” I wrote the words—“hiccup on the road” on a page of my notebook and I titled the page Reassurance. A double mastectomy and sentinel node removal later, I’m holding onto “hiccup.” With chemo… >> Read More
What if you could wear a bra that might tell you if you have breast cancer? Well, that may be a reality soon, thanks to an 18-year-old in Mexico. Julian Rios Cantu, the inventor of the bra, said he…was inspired by his mother's own struggle with breast cancer to help other women. In the video posted by Fusion, Cantu stated, "When I was 13 years old, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time." He went on to explain that both of his mothers breasts were removed, because her diagnosis… >> Read More
You may have seen many people on your Facebook posting red hearts in support of breast cancer awareness this week. One woman, however, questioned why a red heart was being used--and if it could…really make a difference. This is why Erin Smith Chieze posted a photo of a cart of lemons on Facebook. So, why the lemons? Each lemon shows a different way that breast cancer can look and feel, which is why it went viral--because it's actually informative advice for women that could save lives. Erin explained why the lemons… >> Read More