Posts Tagged ‘breast cancer’

In 2005, I was overseas and got word from my mother that my aunt’s breast cancer had metastasized after being in remission for several years. My aunt made it clear that she didn’t want to talk about it and she didn’t want people to treat her differently. She wanted dignity, not pity. Although I felt […]

Silver bullets


When first faced with my family history of breast cancer, I started coming up with all sorts of rationales of why breast cancer wouldn’t affect me. I tried to figure out what my mother, aunt, and grandmother all had in common that I don’t have. I figured out they all drank alcohol regularly. Of course, […]

I found a website today called Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer.  It was started by the mother-daughter duo, Charmayne Dierker and Lillie Shockney.  Lillie has also been a regular speaker about breast cancer at many events.  One of her trademarks is using humour to cope with cancer.  She has a short sample of one […]

The Other Shoe


The news of a BRCA mutation in my family has sent me on a rollar coaster of feelings lately.  My mother got tested as a result of her recent breast cancer diagnosis and our family history.  For us, a positive result is actually a good thing. Our risk of cancer has already been high because […]