Category Archives: breast surgery

Truth

I’ve got a secret. It’s time to open up and tell the truth. For the past many months, I’ve been dealing with a serious shoulder injury. Without falling or doing anything that I can remember to hurt it, I ended … Continue reading

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Lymph Node Removal May Not Be Necessary In Some Breast Cancers

OK, this is HUGE news in breast cancer-ville! Researchers have found that for some women with early breast cancer, lymph node removal may not be necessary. Women who’s tumors were smaller than 2 inches (T1 or T2), had a lumpectomy, … Continue reading

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How Strong Is Strong?

What is enough strength? How strong is strong? Of course, strong enough is entirely up to you. There is no absolute. What is strong enough for you may not be strong enough for your best friend. What is strong now … Continue reading

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Body Image After Breast Cancer – A Story Of Time, Acceptance, And A Little Exercise

The first time I wrote about body image was for GALTime. I had suggested the topic to my friend Charlene without really thinking too much about it. It ended up being a really difficult article to write – so very … Continue reading

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More On Getting Started – For Breast Cancer Survivors

To follow along with my recent theme of getting started with an exercise program, I want to give a few extra tips for breast cancer survivors. The very first thing is to think about your bra. After breast cancer surgery … Continue reading

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Get Strong, But Understand the Lymphedema Risk

Over the weekend, I had lunch with my friend Mel, author of the Cancer Warrior blog (TheCancerWarrior.blogspot.com). We both talked about some of our sports and interests (she plays hockey & I’m busy windsurfing since I’m out in Michigan on … Continue reading

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Body Image After Breast Cancer

My first article for GalTime has just been posted. I’ve written about body image after breast cancer, a subject I found surprisingly hard to write about. I say surprising because, as many of you know, I easily speak and write … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Surgery

This post is for my good friend Andrew. Andrew just dodged a couple of HUGE bullets. He went in for surgery last week for pancreatic cancer. It was found early while checking for a congenital heart problem. Amazingly, it turned … Continue reading

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Static Stretching

Researchers at University of Limerick have found that static stretching is more effective at improving hamstring flexibility than dynamic stretching, involving gentle swinging. The study looked at athletes with lingering hamstring stiffness after otherwise recovering from an injury. The static … Continue reading

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Lymphedema Tips

I came in from a hike about an hour ago – getting out to enjoy this beautiful spring weather before I go to work. I’m having a bit of mild swelling in my hand since then. I do occasionally have … Continue reading

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