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Breast Cancer Risk Factors: Ladies (and Gents), Please Read

Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the risk factors for breast cancer, the most common malignancy in women after skin cancer. Although this disease predominantly affects women, men can also develop breast cancer. The American Cancer Society predicts that of the 246,660 American women who develop new cases of invasive breast cancer in… Continue reading Breast Cancer Risk Factors: Ladies (and Gents), Please Read

Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer Risk Factors: Ladies (and Gents), Please Read

Peach Ribbon for Uterine Cancer Awareness THIS POST IS BEING UPDATED. PLEASE CHECK BACK SOON. Read the companion piece, Breast Cancer Risk Factors. While this information is being updated, please keep in mind that estrogen-related factors account for 80% of uterine cancers and that obesity is a big part of the problem. Hereditary factors also play… Continue reading Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer Risk Factors: Ladies (and Gents), Please Read

Diana’s Story: A Uterine Cancer Scare with a Personal Twist

A friend who attended  The Patient Path’s uterine cancer talk in January 2017 was inspired to consult a gynecologist, something she hadn’t done in five years,  about a mysterious abdominal pain. I’ll tell you at the outset that Diana’s story has a happy ending. But she did experience a uterine cancer scare, which has a personal… Continue reading Diana’s Story: A Uterine Cancer Scare with a Personal Twist

Repost: For My Son’s Birthday – Reflections on Losing a Womb, and a Co-Parent, to Cancer

Once again this year, I am celebrating two lives on the back-to-back dates of July 17 & July 18. On this special numerological date of 7-17-17, I wish to acknowledge the passing of my son’s father three years ago today from lung cancer, and also my son’s 33rd birthday tomorrow. This onetime nuclear family gave my life… Continue reading Repost: For My Son’s Birthday – Reflections on Losing a Womb, and a Co-Parent, to Cancer

Happy Belated Mother’s Day, Catching Up, & Coming Soon

Yesterday, for the first time in a number of years, I got to spend time with my son on Mother’s Day. He’s grown and gone, living a full, productive, happy, rewarding life in Boston. Down here in NW Central New Jersey, I get to think about him much more than I get to be with him. So… Continue reading Happy Belated Mother’s Day, Catching Up, & Coming Soon

National Women Physicians Day: Honoring Elizabeth Blackwell, the First Female American Medical Doctor

English-born Elizabeth Blackwell, 1821–1910, was the first woman to receive an MD degree from an American medical school, Geneva Medical College in New York, 1849. Her specialty was obstetrics-gynecology. Bios: National Library of Medicine and Encyclopædia Britannica National Women Physicians Day was founded by Hala Sabry, DO (Doctor of Osteopathy), an emergency medicine physician, and was… Continue reading National Women Physicians Day: Honoring Elizabeth Blackwell, the First Female American Medical Doctor

But what happens on February 3rd?

If, like me, you are a fan of redemption movies—and of Bill Murray—then today you tuned into AMC and watched Groundhog Day...again...and again...and again.... My favorite part of this time-warp movie comes near the end, when Phil (also the groundhog’s name) Connors finally gets it. He starts living in the ever-present moment, the only way… Continue reading But what happens on February 3rd?

Enlightening Women about Uterine Cancer: A Live Conversation

Illuminating Enlightening Women about Uterine Cancer Central New Jersey-Area Residents: Please join me on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at 2:00 PM at the Hunterdon County Library Headquarters (Route 12) in Flemington for a conversation about uterine (endometrial) cancer—the 4th most common cancer in US women and the most common gynecologic cancer. (Registration information appears below.) Although… Continue reading Enlightening Women about Uterine Cancer: A Live Conversation

Living Her Life in “Jeopardy” Before Colon Cancer Claimed Her

Acknowledging the Sad Passing of Someone Who Had Time Enough to Live Her Dream: Cindy Stowell, “Jeopardy!” Champion Update – December 21, 2016:  Last Friday, it was announced that “Jeopardy!” champion Cindy Stowell died at age 41 of Stage 4 colon cancer on December 5, 2016, about a week before her episodes aired. She had… Continue reading Living Her Life in “Jeopardy” Before Colon Cancer Claimed Her

Quick Update – My Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer Story: Three Peach Roses on My Three-Year Anniversary

Yesterday, I posted a brief announcement that I remain cancer-free on the three-year anniversary of my total robotic hysterectomy for uterine (endometrial) cancer on December 13, 2013 (a lucky Friday). I said I would provide the full scoop today, and I have provided more information below. But this will need to be just a quick update as… Continue reading Quick Update – My Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer Story: Three Peach Roses on My Three-Year Anniversary

My Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer Story: Three Peach Roses on My Three-Year Anniversary

Three years ago today, on December 13, 2013 (a Friday), I had a total robotic hysterectomy for uterine (endometrial) cancer. Today, I saw my gynecologic oncologist at the 36-month mark. I remain cancer-free. But I learned something I hadn't known about my tumor. And my doctor has a message for YOU. After a long day, that’s all… Continue reading My Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer Story: Three Peach Roses on My Three-Year Anniversary

Update: My First 3D Mammogram – And an Important Note about Breast Density

In the December 6, 2016 post, I described having my first 3D mammogram this week. It showed that I have  “sunshine breasts”—no clouds in my imaged fields. This makes me one of the lucky ones. My official report came in today’s mail confirming that my mammogram was normal (benign) and that my breast tissue is primarily… Continue reading Update: My First 3D Mammogram – And an Important Note about Breast Density