The Intersection of Cancer and Life, Episode 6: Emily Hopper

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

Salpingo-Oophor-Hysterectomy: All the Oophing Details

I'm now five days post-op, and - spoiler alert - I am recovering better than I expected. Last Thursday, I underwent a total salpingo-oophor-hysterectomy, which in non-medical-jibberish means that I had my ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, and cervix removed. I elected to undergo the surgery because my breast cancer is estrogen driven, and the ovaries … Continue reading Salpingo-Oophor-Hysterectomy: All the Oophing Details

Family Medical Bingo (Alternate Title: My Hysterectomy Was Not the Big Medical Event of the Week)

Well, I'm glad that this week is over. I'm about 48 hours post-op from my hysterectomy, and all things considered, I'm doing well. However, our family had quite the eventful week, medically speaking, so let's back up a bit, shall we? On Monday evening, I noticed that Felix had a rather large, angry-looking bug bite … Continue reading Family Medical Bingo (Alternate Title: My Hysterectomy Was Not the Big Medical Event of the Week)

Salpingo-Oophorectomy: More Fun to Say than to Do

I finally bit the bullet and made a date for surgery: on August 23rd, I will undergo a salpingo-oophorectomy and total hysterectomy. That means that I will have my fallopian tubes (salpingo-) and ovaries (oophorectomy) removed, and undergo a total hysterectomy (removal of the entire uterus and cervix, with vaginal reconstruction). Just typing this makes … Continue reading Salpingo-Oophorectomy: More Fun to Say than to Do

The Hardest Decision I Didn’t Get to Make

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