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  • Saving Your Brain Power

    Posted 9/2/2014 by hhill
      Sadly, we are all aware that normal aging includes some loss of mental acuity. Sadly, we are also aware that breast cancer treatment may result in the dreaded so-called ""chemo brain", so we are often hit with a double whammy. We are getting older (we hope we live long enough to get a lot older!), and chemo may have thrown us into an early menopause with diminished estrogen and brain power and we have to contend with all the drugs that are poured into us. During active treatment, almost everyone feels a little "off" or fuzzy, and it is hard to know how much is due to stress or fatigue or anxiety or the drugs themselves. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Some Comments on Blog Changes

    Posted 9/2/2014 by hhill

      Thank you so very much for your comments on the anticipated changes in this blog. If you missed that posting, it is on 8/31. I would love to hear from more of you, so, please,  either respond through the "Comments"  section below or send an email directly to me: hhill@bidmc.harvard.edu

    Hello!

    I found your blog when I made a career shift from working with children in care to working in oncology nearly 2 years ago. I was trying to learn everything that I could about the field in an effort to settle in to my new role, and your blog has been so helpful for me. I enjoy the variety of topics and the links to other blogs. I also appreciate that a lot of the articles posted are understandable to someone who did not go to school for medicine. I offer your blog as a resource, mostly to my breast patients, but on occasion, to women with other types of cancer as well. The topics that seem to be the most helpful to these women are survivorship and sexuality. I have pulled a few articles on survivorship that I found through your blog that I have forwarded to the ladies or else used in my group. I personally enjoy most of your blog- although I do tend to skip over the really scientific stuff as it’s just not my thing.

    Whatever your decision for posting, I do hope you continue to write. I enjoy your blog, as do the patients I work with.

    Good luck with all of the changes!

    I am a regular reader of the blog and have the following thoughts.

    1. I think the credibility of the affiliation with the medical center is very important. I do believe that one must question, and verify much of what is in the blogosphere. Therefore, being a credible source is of utmost importance.


    2. I think less frequent posts are fine. And, it has the advantage of relieving you of an every day work task...take time off!

    3. The blog topics are quite repetitive over time. So, even though a less frequent blog will be focused on topics related to all kinds of cancer, it seems that new cancer news could easily be accommodated within such a blog.


    Many thanks for your terrific work on this blog, which I have been following for about a year. I note that Dana Farber has an excellent general cancer blog (Insight), so it would be a shame to lose this blog with its unique breast cancer focus. Luckily, most patients have only one type of cancer. I have appreciated your daily postings, but have felt a little guilty knowing the effort that must go into producing interesting content every single day! Three days a week would be great and still relatively frequent, compared to other blogs I visit.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    2. I think less frequent posts are fine. And, it has the advantage of relieving you of an every day work task...take time off!

    3. The blog topics are quite repetitive over time. So, even though a less frequent blog will be focused on topics related to all kinds of cancer, it seems that new cancer news could easily be accommodated within such a blog.


    Many thanks for your terrific work on this blog, which I have been following for about a year. I note that Dana Farber has an excellent general cancer blog (Insight), so it would be a shame to lose this blog with its unique breast cancer focus. Luckily, most patients have only one type of cancer. I have appreciated your daily postings, but have felt a little guilty knowing the effort that must go into producing interesting content every single day! Three days a week would be great and still relatively frequent, compared to other blogs I visit.

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  • Pink Chevrolets and Labor Day Thoughts

    Posted 9/1/2014 by hhill
      Happy Labor Day. Merry Labor Day. Enjoy Labor Day. What is the proper language? I have no idea, but I surely hope that you all have had as lovely a day as I have had. We are at our tiny cottage in Maine and awakened to clouds and mist over the water right outside our window--also the unusual joy of spotting our neighbor heron couple. We usually see just one of them, but this morning they were out together. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Blog Changes and Asking for Input

    Posted 8/31/2014 by hhill
      Probably posting this in the middle of Labor Day weekend is not the ideal time, and I will do it again if this does not garner responses. Sometimes I specifically ask for comments and rarely get many (if any). I know that this system is clunky and hard to use, and I know that many people just don't want to write something. I need your comments now. Please. Read more... Comments (0)
  • A Very Moving Essay

    Posted 8/30/2014 by hhill
      This essay by Susan Gubar is gorgeously written, very moving, and absolutely captures the essence of the relationships we make with one another. While I (and, I am sure, she) would never say that having cancer is a blessing, I am sure that we would both acknowledge the precious relationships that have developed along the way. Read more... Comments (0)
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