The Privilege of Turning 65

Until I turned 65, I thought aging was nature’s way of tormenting us for the mixed blessing of being alive, with all its joys and challenges. Now I recognize what it actually is: nature’s way of celebrating our experience of life, of giving meaning to our participation in the universe, and of providing a peek… Continue reading The Privilege of Turning 65

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

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

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

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

My First 3D Mammogram – I Have “Sunshine Breasts”

Yesterday I had my first 3D mammogram. The technologist said I have “sunshine breasts”–not a cloud in the imaged field. I’m one of the lucky ones. See the updated post on December 9, 2016: Update: My First 3D Mammogram – And an Important Note about Breast Density On December 5, 2016, I went for my routine… Continue reading My First 3D Mammogram – I Have “Sunshine Breasts”

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

Gwen Ifill, PBS Reporter, Dies of Uterine Cancer

Photo Credit: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images for “Meet The Press” I was Gwen Ifill’s age when I was diagnosed with uterine (endometrial) cancer three years ago. Today, the world lost an astute, inspiring reporter, whom I’ve followed on the PBS NewsHour for a number of years. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/14/business/media/gwen-ifill-dies.html?_r=0 More than 60,000 American women will develop uterine (endometrial) cancer… Continue reading Gwen Ifill, PBS Reporter, Dies of Uterine Cancer

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!

Diane’s Story – Breast Cancer: Part 2–Diagnosis

In Part 1—Chemotherapy, we entered Diane’s story as she was undergoing pre-operative chemotherapy for lobular breast cancer. In this post, we will take a close look at how Diane’s journey began a year ago last month and how she is currently preparing for surgery by getting second opinions while her body recuperates from chemo.  This is a cautionary tale… Continue reading Diane’s Story – Breast Cancer: Part 2–Diagnosis