Episode 6 of the Intersection of Cancer and Life features Emily Hopper, the mama, artist, advocate and breast cancer survivor behind alternative breast cancer awareness apparel brand, EMPOWERHAUS. She is also the founder of Flatties Unite, the popular Facebook group for women living with fewer than 2 breasts. Emily was diagnosed with stage III triple … Continue reading The Intersection of Cancer and Life, Episode 6: Emily Hopper
When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I thought my world had ended. I think back to the young woman lying on the cold table, undergoing a breast biopsy, sobbing into her hospital gown. I was afraid I was going to die. When I received my metastatic diagnosis several weeks later, I wandered around … Continue reading Will It Get Better?
On Episode 5 of The Intersection of Cancer and Life, we talk with Radiant Racheli Alkobey, who was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma at age 21, during her senior year of college. After her diagnosis, she started video blogging under the handle Radiant Racheli and recorded her entire diagnosis and treatment journey in it's most raw … Continue reading The Intersection of Cancer and Life, Episode 5: Racheli Alkobey
I have my fourth scan today. My third since starting treatment. I’m finishing my ninth cycle of Ibrance. Life still feels tremendously incremental, as if I live from week to week. Each Wednesday afternoon when I refill my pill pack for the upcoming seven days, I let out a breath I didn’t know I was … Continue reading Scanxiety
It's been six months since I started Ibrance (generic name: palbocyclib), the CDK-4/6 inhibitor drug I take in combination with letrozole, as my first-line treatment for metastatic breast cancer. While I'm actually midway through cycle 7 at the time I'm writing this, each cycle is 28 days, so six full months was Wednesday, July 18, … Continue reading Ibrance, Six Months In
Well, it's certainly been a minute since I've updated. Recently, I have struggled with what to share in this space. As I have said before, I generally update when I either have new information or am ready to share that information. In the last few weeks, it's been the latter. I mentioned that I had … Continue reading It’s Been a Minute
Spring, in New York, is a celebration of life like no other. Seemingly overnight, bare branches have unfurled with color: greens, pinks, yellows, and carpets of dandelions roll out for the army of robins marching everywhere, exhilarated for their time in the sun. The vivid sky bubbles out cotton-candy clouds against the striking canvas of early … Continue reading We Watch, and We Wait
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I knew almost nothing about it. For all of the pink ribbons out there, all of the breast cancer awareness to be spread, I don't think I was alone in having a fairly poor understanding of this disease. The biggest component to breast cancer awareness is breast cancer education, … Continue reading Breast Cancer 101: What is Breast Cancer?
Coming to terms with the loss of my fertility has been one of the most difficult parts of my breast cancer diagnosis. My cancer is estrogen-receptor positive, which means that any estrogen in my body fuels tumor growth. Unfortunately, a pregnancy creates a tremendous amount of estrogen in a woman's body. After my original diagnosis, I … Continue reading The Hardest Decision I Didn’t Get to Make
Q: What type of cancer do you have? What stage is it? I have metastatic breast cancer in my right breast. I was diagnosed on November 9, 2017. It is invasive ductal carcinoma, the most common type of breast cancer. It is estrogen-receptor positive (ER+), which means that my cancer feeds on estrogen in my body. … Continue reading Frequently Asked Questions