There Is No ‘After’ After Breast Cancer

Last week, before the start of October, I watched a film called “Love, Gilda,” a loving tribute about Gilda Radner. A comedic genius, she was the first person hired years ago to be part of the cast of a new NBC show called Saturday Night Live. I can still do a creditable imitation of one […]

Ten Years Later: What to Let Go & What to Keep

Now and Then As of this July, it will have been ten years since that fateful Thursday when I was told my breast biopsy was positive. Thus began an accumulation of anxiety, misery, and paper. You’d think, in the age of patient portals and electronic medical records, that even cancer would generate less paper. It […]

Why Am I So Tired? A Primer on Breast Cancer and Fatigue

About seven months ago, I started dealing with a serious health crisis that wasn’t cancer. Three of the disks in my neck were bulging and compressing my spinal cord, leaving me with neuropathy in both hands, weakness everywhere, decreased balance and coordination, and increased muscle pain and spasms. I couldn’t hold small objects or feel […]

Willpower versus Fatigue: Not a Fair Fight

It’s that time of year again. Somewhere about now, eight years ago, I was told I had breast cancer. The good news is that I don’t remember the exact day, and I’m glad like that I have forgotten that particular detail. I do know it was in July, but I refuse to look it up. […]