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!

September Is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month – Information & Stories Within

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer reports that in 2015, it was estimated that 98,280 women would be diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer and about 30,440 would die from the disease. The breakdown for the 5 types of gynecologic cancer from the American Cancer Society last year was as follows, in alphabetical order: Estimated new cases Estimated deaths Cervical cancer… Continue reading September Is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month – Information & Stories Within

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

On My Son’s Birthday: Reflections on Losing a Womb and Also a Co-Parent

In proud acknowledgment of my son, who turns 32 today, and the happy use I once made of the womb I no longer have, I am reposting a two-part story from last year: Reflecting on Childbirth after Losing a Womb to Cancer: Part 1 – Birth and Reflecting on Childbirth after Losing a Womb to Cancer: Part 2 – After-Birth.… Continue reading On My Son’s Birthday: Reflections on Losing a Womb and Also a Co-Parent