Author Archives: carla

About carla

Writer, blogger, photographer, breast cancer survivor. I write about whatever strikes my fancy as I meander through life.

oh christ it is october, think before you pink.

Consider this your annual PSA that I have been providing for 11 years now. Buying pink crap helps the bottom line of corporate America, not so much breast cancer patients, survivors, and victims. Every year as soon as October 1st … Continue reading

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it’s official: 11 years clear

Well it’s a little late but it’s official: all clear on the mammogram. I have to say once again that I really like the radiology technicians who operate the mammography equipment at Penn Medicine. My tech today was simply awesome. … Continue reading

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standard of care.

This is a more generalized healthcare post, as opposed to being specifically about breast cancer. Now is the time of year that I have my seemingly endless rounds of doctor’s appointments. This week alone will be hundreds of dollars in … Continue reading

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11 years plus a day

Yesterday I kept waiting for someone to remember. Actually no one did. But like most survivors of breast cancer, I remembered. Yesterday was 11 years. 11 years ago today I was recovering from a successful surgery. In honor of my … Continue reading

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almost 11 years

In a couple of days it is quite remarkably, 11 years since my breast cancer surgery. The date was June 1, 2011. So much has changed in my world since then, and cancer aside, all for the better. as I … Continue reading

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mammogram appointment needed, not spanish inquisition

As I am writing this post I’m beyond a little salty and I already called the patient experience person at Penn Medicine’s Chester County Hospital because I am pissed off enough. I’ve been having a hard time trying to get … Continue reading

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it’s about the lymphedema

Yep. Lymphedema. That’s my leg in the photo at the bottom of this post. And I tinted everything pink, I don’t actually have bad circulation 🤣 But lymphedema isn’t pretty, and tinting it pink just amused me. Probably because everyone … Continue reading

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christmas thoughts: year ten draws to a close

Ten long but pretty darn good post breast cancer years is drawing to a close. It somehow seems inconceivable for 10 years have gone by so quickly, and then I have been so lucky. And I have been. Friday was … Continue reading

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thinking of you

Thinking of you. You know who you are. The surgery should be over by now. I respect your boundaries and your quiet way of being. But I am still thinking of you. I know you read my blogs, so I … Continue reading

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at the end of breast cancer awareness month, a woman continues to target breast cancer survivor (me)

Recently I wrote about the woman whom seems a little obsessed with me, and not in a healthy way. We are now at the end of #PinkTober or #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth and the same woman still is a bit obsessed with me. … Continue reading

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