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

Update on Gynecologic Cancers in Memory of Gwen Ifill

On Monday, November 14, 2016, PBS NewsHour co-anchor and co-managing editor Gwen Ifill died from uterine (endometrial) cancer. On November 16, 2016, the NewsHour did a piece on gynecologic cancers consisting of interviews with Dr. Karen Lu, chair of gynecologic oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and Dr. Angela Marshall, an adviser to the Black Women’s Health… Continue reading Update on Gynecologic Cancers in Memory of Gwen Ifill

Diane’s Story – Breast Cancer: Part 3–Surgery

In Part 1–Chemotherapy, we entered Diane’s story as she was undergoing pre-operative chemo for invasive lobular cancer (ILC) and lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) of the right breast, a relatively uncommon form of the disease. That post discusses breast cancer statistics, as well as the details of Diane’s chemotherapy protocol and its effects. In Part 2–Diagnosis, we reviewed why Diane… Continue reading Diane’s Story – Breast Cancer: Part 3–Surgery

Happy 3rd Anniversary, Patient Path!

The Patient Path began on November 9, 2013 . . . . . . just 5 days after I was diagnosed with uterine (endometrial) cancer. Three years later, I am grateful to be a cancer survivor. And I want to hear more women diagnosed with this disease say the same thing. More than 60,000 American women… Continue reading Happy 3rd Anniversary, Patient Path!

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This is the month to schedule your mammogram or yearly visit to your gynecologist if you haven’t done so already. It’s also a good time to remember to do your breast self-exam and to educate yourself about the leading cancer affecting women in the United States. And remember, one in a hundred cases of breast cancer… Continue reading October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

My Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer Story: Two-and-a-Half-Year Checkup–Pap or No Pap?

Still Life: Basket of Peaches by Raphaelle, Peale, 1816 Display Peach for Uterine Cancer Yesterday, June 14, 2016, I saw my regular gynecologist at the 30-month mark post-hysterectomy for uterine (endometrial) cancer. I thought the “no-Pap policy” discussion had been lain to rest . . . but not quite. You Can Say Anything If You Smile Since… Continue reading My Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer Story: Two-and-a-Half-Year Checkup–Pap or No Pap?

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Pap-Free at Last

Micrograph of a Pap stain. Update: As noted in the March 5, 2015 post, since my hysterectomy for uterine cancer (endometrial adenocarcinoma) on December 13, 2013,* I have had five Pap tests, all but one of which were normal. It was that pesky first test done last summer because of ongoing vaginal discharge, which I… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Pap-Free at Last

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Post-Valentine Anniversary

  On Valentine’s Day 2014, I finished my vaginal radiation treatments (brachytherapy) for uterine cancer. My total robotic hysterectomy was performed on December 13, 2013—which turned out to be a lucky Friday. Although my endometrial adenocarcinoma was stage 1b, grade 3 (stage 1a, grade 1 would have been better), all lymph nodes and peritoneal fluids were negative for cancer… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Post-Valentine Anniversary

Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Post Christmas 2014 Reflections on “Christmases Yet to Come”

Still my favorite story of all time, A Christmas Carol was published 171 years ago, on December 19, 1843. Click the book to view the only existing manuscript version of the novella. See it in person at the (J. Pierpont) Morgan Library & Museum in New York. Do take a look—it’s a treasure. On that same date last… Continue reading Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Post Christmas 2014 Reflections on “Christmases Yet to Come”