Author Archives: carla

About carla

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

can you make an actual difference this #pinktober ?

Philadelphia Inquirer: Homeless and cancer-ridden, woman fights to stay alive in Chester County by Alfred Lubrano, Updated: October 7, 2019 The breast cancer has spread, colonizing Maureen Wall’s body with soulless precision. It’s bred havoc and poverty in the lives of … Continue reading

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the “pinktober” lament: breast cancer isn’t pink and fluffy

#PinkPower ? #PinkTober ? #IfightTODAY ? Damn. It’s October 1st. Freaking #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth is here again in all it’s glorious hues of Pepto Bismol pinkness. I hate it. I hate the month of October now. Every time you turn on the … Continue reading

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the club no woman wishes on anyone.

Breast Cancer is a club you wish on no woman.  Just heard of someone else who said they have received such a diagnosis. Every time I hear of someone else having it I am instantly transported back 8 years. Every. … Continue reading

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but for the grace of god go any of us

This is a community member. This could be anyone, and it’s legitimate. This is NOT someone who is faking anything and with all she has faced so bravely I don’t know how she does it. She’s a real woman and … Continue reading

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damn it all….lymphedema and life

Damn it all. I think I am getting to that age where stuff just happens…to you…to me…to everyone around us. I had been feeling a little sad sack about myself because well….I am back to physical therapy. My balance is … Continue reading

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angel wings

I woke up in tears. Cancer took a very special woman yesterday. By profession she had been a hospice social worker. I do not even know where to go with this. I cried yesterday, I cried today. We met over … Continue reading

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all clear heading into 8

I made it to year 8! Eight years breast cancer free!!! After a mountain of paperwork and a diagnostic mammogram the news is GREAT! NED is still my friend post mammogram. (NED = NO EVIDENCE OF DISEASE) This year I … Continue reading

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at almost the eight year mark, the terror train makes a stop

I know, look at the pretty peony, right? Too bad my mood doesn’t match up today. I am almost at the eight year mark post breast cancer. And right or wrong, I am scared and anxious. Saturday is June 1 … Continue reading

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tamoxifen and other breast cancer crowd-sourcing.

I wasn’t planning on writing a post on this blog today but I think I must.  A breast cancer group I belong to had a post from someone who was crowd-sourcing opinions on Tamoxifen. Specifically, she was considering not taking … Continue reading

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hating bras and some general bitching.

One of the things that I hate the most post breast cancer is finding freaking bras that fit. I did not have breast reconstruction surgery, so I’m lopsided. And as the years go by and the breast tissue adjusts and … Continue reading

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