breast cancer

Have you recently been diagnosed with breast cancer?  Are you in the midst of diagnostics? Read this first, my offering of hope:  My Small Comfort List

Information for women about breast cancer + breast cancer diagnostics:
All the Feels:  The Breast Cancer Biopsy

These are my essays about my patient experience having cancer:
The Grace Period – the long and winding road to diagnosis.
Number 51 – the patient experience + breast cancer surgery.
How the Little Stuff is the Big Stuff – talking about my experiences with physicians
Susan Gets Radiated – my first awful radiation treatment.
I am a Patient and I have had an Experience – what if patient ‘complaints’ are just constructive feedback for hospitals to improve?
An Open Letter to Radiation Therapists – the letter I shared with my Radiation Therapists on my last day of treatment.
The Gentle Hearts Will Heal Us in the End – my lovely oncologist experience.
Cancer isn’t a Competition – the pecking order of cancer.
Once I Ate a Doughnut – about cancer and lifestyle and patient blaming.
The Affronts to My Human Body – what cancer treatment does to you.
The Radiation Therapist and the The Patient – an article I wrote with Amanda Bolderston.
The Tale of Two Appointments – my experiences with diagnostic imaging.
There’s Not One Right Way to do Cancer – waxing poetic about my love of Audre Lorde’s writing.
Advocate Me – an essay about being a pretty good Mama Bear, but failing as a self-advocate.
Twenty Days Last May, part II – a time when I was at peace during radiation treatment.
Make Space for the Suffering – holding space for people in pain.
As We All Carry On – acknowledging the traumas of cancer treatment.
Invincible Summer – the start of my healing.
Our Sisterhood of Pain – believing women (their pain, their experience, their stories, themselves).
Today My Therapist Fired Me – the crucial importance of mental and emotional health therapy during cancer treatment and beyond.