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  • Sex Again

    Posted 8/22/2014 by hhill
      This is another recurring topic on this blog, but probably one that everyone is glad to see. The bottom lines continue to be the same: a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment never improved anyone's sex life, intimacy always suffers for a while, almost always, things eventually get better, but may never be as good as they were before cancer. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Our Changing Hair

    Posted 8/21/2014 by hhill
      Hair loss: how to "plan" for it (e.g. have your head shaved before it starts to fall out, try to save every strand as long as possible, etc.) is a shared trauma and a frequent topic of conversation in my office. Different women hate it to greater or lesser degrees, but everyone hates it--and everyone eventually adapts. Many women have threatened to never leave their homes once they are bald, and then, fairly quickly find themselves at work and at the market and the library wearing a hat. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Support Groups

    Posted 8/20/2014 by hhill
      I love my support groups. Often I joke that there is an invisible prerequisite to joining: only really lovely women are allowed. Over thirty years of facilitating groups, there have been only a few exceptions to that "rule", and I continuously feel blessed to participate. Read more... Comments (0)
  • More on Bilateral Mastectomies

    Posted 8/19/2014 by hhill
      If this is feeling like the topic that won't go away, you're right. It won't. Within the past week, I have met with three women who were considering whether to opt for single or bilateral mastectomies after a recent diagnosis of either DCIS or invasive breast cancer in one breast. Important note: these women had all been tested and do not carry a BRCA gene. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Excess Weight and Cancer Risk

    Posted 8/18/2014 by hhill
      I owe you an entry from my computer-glitch-week-end (hopefully now fixed with the remarkably good help from one of out IT people). This is an article from MedPage about excess weight and increased cancer risk. Not too surprisingly, the risk holds for a number of kinds of cancer, not just breast cancer. And, as you know, there are worries that extra weight increases the recurrence risk of breast cancer, not just the risk of developing it in the first place. Read more... Comments (0)
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