How did your child cope with your diagnosis of breast cancer?

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The organisation Living Beyond Breast Cancer is looking for stories on how children coped with their mother’s diagnosis of breast cancer, to feature in their Insight newsletter. It can be hard for children when they hear… Continue reading

Losing a mother to breast cancer

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I mentioned Dawn Porter’s excellent documentary, “My Breasts Could Kill Me ” which was shown on Sky 1 earlier this week.  Dawn’s mother died from breast cancer when she was only 34, two… Continue reading

Identical twins with breast cancer at the same time

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As Phil Mickelson’s wife and mother both undergo treatment for breast cancer at the same time, I wonder how many other families are dealing with a similar situation? I personally know of two… Continue reading

What legacy will you leave behind?

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Now I’m not being maudlin here, but as those with experience of breast cancer know, having looked at death squarely in the face, we know that dying is something we all have to… Continue reading

Survivor loneliness

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I have written before of a certain  unique description of loneliness experienced by breast cancer survivors that has been termed survivor loneliness, which can go hand in hand with depression during and after treatment. In today’s Irish Times,… Continue reading

Phil Mickelson’s mother diagnosed with breast cancer

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Six weeks after Phil Mickelson announced his wife had breast cancer, his mother has been diagnosed with the disease and is to have surgery later this week. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on its Web… Continue reading

My breasts could kill me

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I watched  “My breasts could kill me”, a two-part documentary on Sky 1 this evening, by writer and TV presenter Dawn Porter. I thought it was excellent – very informative and at the same time a deeply personal… Continue reading

Mindful Monday

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Therese Borchard has instituted a regular “Mindful Monday” post at her blog, Beyond Blue. On Mindful Monday, my readers and I practice the art of pausing, TRYING to be still, or considering, ever… Continue reading

The post-treatment let-down

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Dana Jennings is a reporter and editor at The New York Times. His postings on coping with prostate cancer appear each week at nytimes.com/well. Here Dana writes of an unexpected side-effect of cancer… Continue reading

Dispelling some health myths

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Myths, half-truths and wives’ tales persist in medicine. Sometimes doctors and nurses even believe things that aren’t true or at least are unproven. That’s the focus of a new book, “Don’t Swallow Your… Continue reading