deep breath….going REALLY public about my breast cancer

Yes….really public.   I feel like I am out there in my underwear LOL, even if it is hardly the first time I have spoken about this publicly.  (Well, hmmm, I guess I am out there in a hospital gown.)

Thanks to Pete Bannan and Caroline O’Halloran of Main Line Media News for taking part of this journey with me.  Here is the link to the video (pumpkin head that I am)

Breast cancer? Me? A personal account of my diagnosis and treatment
Published: Friday, September 16, 2011
By Carla J. Zambelli

To say that 2011 has been a year of great change for me is a bit of an understatement. As I write this article, I have just finished the last of seven straight weeks of daily radiation therapy for breast cancer.


A note to new readers who may judge my decision to be public about breast cancer – every woman approaches their cancer differently.  It is not anyone’s place to judge on how a breast cancer patient or breast cancer survivor choses their path. 

This has been the greatest challenge of my adult life.  I have learned a lot about myself and others through this process.   I hope in my own way I can pay it forward and help other women starting on this journey.

To my doctors,  thank you.  I know our journey together will be an ongoing one, but thank you for your care and attention these past few months.

To my friends, family, and sweet man – I love you all very much. You guys got me through.

Ok, I am getting a little schmoopy now, so I am signing off.




About carla

Writer, blogger, photographer, breast cancer survivor. I write about whatever strikes my fancy as I meander through life.
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2 Responses to deep breath….going REALLY public about my breast cancer

  1. Marjie says:

    I am so proud of you. Going public with breast cancer is very scary. I went through, and am still going through, the same things of feeling very vulnerable with my blog and how personal everything is. But more than anything people have been supportive, understanding and encouraging, and I don’t regret my decision ever, at all. But you’re right, all women approach it differently. And there are different things that help different women. for me, it is sharing my journey and getting my feelings out, and hopefully bringing awareness. I love your blog, so keep posting!

  2. Thanks Marjie – you get it. I just couldn’t be silent about this because for one thing I was simply stunned how many women I knew, right in my own neighborhood even who had gone thru bouts of breast cancer and barely told a soul – and to me part of getting rid of the boogie man-stigma of this whole thing is to TALK about it. Also, writing is a catharsis for me. I love to write

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