November 4, 2013
Your six-word memoirs for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) 2013 inspired us, our readers and others affected by the disease. These posts below were from the last week of BCAM, but that doesn’t mean our mini-memoir fun will end. Read more to see the last few BCAM memoirs and learn about our future plans for this feature, influenced by Smith Magazine’s Six-Word Memoir project.
Lynn Folkman’s Six-Word Memoir for Oct. 31, 2013
Our final week of breast cancer six-word memoirs is bittersweet — while we’re happy to share our final five mini-stories for BCAM, we’re also sad to see the daily project end. (We strongly encourage you to check out weeks one, two, three and four of this awesome storytelling campaign!) Read the rest of this entry »
November 3, 2013
Enjoy our collection of breast cancer six-word memoirs week four! Inspired by Smith Magazine’s project, the Six-Word Memoir, we started the campaign early last month to highlight your experiences with breast cancer in six words. We launched this project in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) 2013.
Kim Boyer’s Six-Word Memoir for Oct. 23, 2013
Our breast cancer six-word memoir contributors never cease to amaze us with their poignant and inspiring stories, and their ability to tell these stories in six words.
Weeks one, two and three were amazing, and we’re happy to report that it’s an ongoing trend for week four’s mini-memoirs. Check them out below! Read the rest of this entry »
October 31, 2013
LBBC’s writer and web content coordinator Josh Fernandez concludes our three-part book review series for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) with a write-up on “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.” The Pulitzer Prize-winning book was written by Dr. Siddartha Mukherjee, who spoke at our 2013 Annual Fall Conference: News You Can Use.
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Written by Siddartha Mukherjee, MD, PhD, published by Scribner, 2010)
After having to read Edward Jenner’s “Vaccination Against Smallpox” during my sophomore year of college, I thought I would never again pick up, let alone enjoy, another nonfiction science book. Despite the importance of that text, and my nerdy ways — I enjoy reading sociological and nutrition science text books, balancing chemical equations for fun and I recite “Battlestar Galactica” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” episodes by heart —nonfiction science books had been ruined for me.
Nearly 6 years later, I picked up a copy of Dr. Siddartha Mukherjee’s Pulitizer Prize-winning book, “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.” About 40 pages in, I was captivated by Dr. Mukherjee’s prose and storytelling. This renewed my appreciation for nonfiction science narratives. Read the rest of this entry »
October 30, 2013
Ronda Walker Weaver, a valued LBBC blog contributor explains the emotions, thoughts and realizations she encountered while facing the anniversaries of her diagnosis, treatment, and other hurdles during her journey with breast cancer…
September 2013 began my year of firsts – anniversaries that is. And I haven’t known quite what to do with them. I think the day I found my tumor, the day I was diagnosed with breast cancer, the day I began chemotherapy, the day I shaved my head, the day I began radiation, the day I finished all treatments, should all be acknowledged, but I’m not sure if the “celebrating” them is what I want to do!
It’s not like I’m celebrating my wedding anniversary, the birthdays of my children, or even Christmas. And I’m not really mourning the loss of a loved one, my divorce, or my move from one part of the USA to another.
This past week has been filled with the beginnings of those anniversaries. My port inserted. My first chemotherapy round, my horrible terrible illness associated with this, and the beginnings of aches and unknowns associated with my body and said treatments. I decided I’d acknowledge the day of my first treatment, with a tip of my hat, a prayer of thanksgiving, and a blog post, and then I’d move on with my week. But, something else was in store. Read the rest of this entry »
October 22, 2013
Long-time LBBC blogger Randi Rentz will be attending her very first fall conference hosted by LBBC! After receiving her brochure in the mail weeks ago after much anticipation, Randi shares with us what she’s looking forward to the most…
I am super excited to attend Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Annual Fall Conference on October 26th and October 27th at the Double Tree Hotel in Philadelphia. Wowsy. I can’t wait to get the latest information on breast cancer from some of the nation’s top experts.
Did you know Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RD is one of the speakers? She is an internationally recognized expert in nutrition, chronic disease prevention, public health, and epidemiology, with over 150 invited lectures to professional and consumer audiences. Double WOWZA! Read the rest of this entry »