Transparent

About a week after my final chemo, I was contacted by a filmmaker named Rachel Pikelny. She was looking for someone to follow as a documentary film subject, someone who was finishing active treatment for breast cancer and moving on to what so many refer to as, ‘life back to normal’. The rest is history….

Survivors in the Wild

So much about my life has gone back to status quo (note I’m not using the word ‘normal’). I don’t think about cancer every hour. Some days I only think about it once or twice a day (usually in conjunction with my hair which is in a rough stage requiring at least 4 snap barrettes…

When Cancer Survivors Collide

This weekend I threw on my comfiest sequin travel wear and flew down to Orlando to the Young Survival Coalition’s Annual Summit¬†where I was to be not only a participant, but a speaker. Fun side note about air travel in sequins– you will basically make the body scanner machine implode upon itself with alerts and…

Scare

I saw my oncologist last week for a check-up. These visits are pretty uneventful these days which is the way you want your oncology appointments. They draw my blood from my one available arm, take my blood pressure, temperature and weigh me. Next I am told to change into a gown and I park it…

One for the Team

***This post will discuss the¬†following topics, marijuana & vaginas. If you are not ready for that jelly, please stop reading now. I’m talking to you, in-laws*** The lengths I will go to for you all… writing this post may kill me, but as an intrepid reporter from the front lines of all things breast cancer,…

The Big D

That’s enough you guys, heads out of the gutter. Let’s play spin the wheel of mental disorders! On the wheel we have Seasonal Affective Disorder, Depression, PTSD & Generalized Anxiety. OK now go ahead and spin and if you land on my mental disorder, you win a toaster. Spinning, Spinning, Spinning, Spinning, Spinning… And it…

Advocacy or (my) Bust

Got diagnosed with cancer, was coerced into writing a blog by my sister while I was on narcotics, blog took off, asked to be in a documentary film, now I am an official breast cancer advocate. Wow, that went in a direction I wasn’t exactly expecting. In a lot of ways it makes a ton…

Grancer Who?

Being Grancer has become one of the greatest privileges of my life. With over 140,000 visitors and 420,000 views, I am kind of a big deal in the small world of young breast cancer patients and their loved ones. I tell it like it is in my very special verbal diarrhea fashion. Meaning there is…

Therapy: One Year Later

When you are done with active treatment, you essentially ‘graduate’ from what seems like around the clock medical care and you are dropkicked out of Cancerland and back into the land of the living. If you are lucky, your hospital system has a Survivorship Program, which can be quite helpful, but for all intents and…

Pink Is the Loneliest Color

Technically, this is my second Breast Cancer Awareness Month as a breast cancer survivor. Last year I was still sick, bald and awaiting reconstruction so it didn’t feel like much of anything. I wasn’t able to pull the focus away from the micro of my situation to see the macro that is PINKTOBER. Guys, wow….

It’s Not Right, But It’s OK

Take a look at these two photographs… One might look at these and think, ‘Oh that poor girl, her life is a shitshow.’ Truth is, it isn’t so bad. At the risk of sounding righteous, these two inconveniences are just that, inconveniences. What matters is that I caught my breast cancer on a fluke and…

One Person’s Trash is Another Person’s Treasure

A few days ago, 2 very mean people screamed at me that I was ‘the biggest piece of white trash they’d ever seen’ and that ‘I need to be medicated.’ Couple of things: These people know of my cancer odyssey My kids were with me when this occurred I am so medicated it is ridiculous….