The Misogyny and Deplorables* of Pinktober

The wrong kind of awareness. It’s probably happened to all women. It recently happened to me when I made a homecare visit to a patient’s house, and she introduced me to her son. But the setting could be at the office or at a party. You are introduced to a man for the first time. […]

Jody Schoger — Her Words & Her Example

It’s been just over a month since my friend Jody died on May 18, 2016 of metastatic breast cancer. What would have been her 62nd birthday is coming up at the end of this week. Like many of us who were privileged to know her, I am still reeling from her loss. It still hurts […]

Remembering Shelli

Two years ago today, my friend Shelli, who blogged at the Dirty Pink Underbelly, died of metastatic breast cancer. Four days after her death, I started writing this post. And couldn’t quite finish it. It wasn’t any easier to finish it today than it was then. [February 17, 2014] This entire thing about making friends […]

Grief and Moonshots

If you have any friends in the breast cancer cyber-community, it cannot have escaped your notice that we have lost too many of them lately. One of the latest is Holley Kitchen. She posted a simple but eloquent homemade video on YouTube on June 4, 2015. Like a lightning bolt, it shot some much-needed clarity […]