I was diagnosed with breast cancer on January 8, 2008. I had no insurance, and my income, which wasn’t large anyway, had just been cut by 2/3.
The focus of this blog began with my journey through breast cancer, but now I am several years in remission. I don’t think about being a survivor as much as I used to, but it still affects my life in ways that likely affect all breast cancer survivors.
I hope that patients and survivors will still find solace here, and maybe some ideas, products, recipes, events, activities and life.
When I was diagnosed, I lived in Washington State, on the east side (the “Washington Outback”). I owe my life to the Washington Breast and Cervical Health Program (WBCHP), that funds cancer screening and diagnosis for low income women in the state. This program is funded through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the Puget Sound Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation also supports the program annually. Once in this program, I received the testing and diagnosis that confirmed that I had breast cancer; I was immediately transitioned into the state medical program for treatment.
This is my story, my thoughts, and the ideas that I dream up or find elsewhere. I hope that other patients and survivors find solace here. I encourage you to comment here, especially if my thoughts and experiences resonate with you. And post your ideas, too.
I now live in the Atlanta, Georgia area and teach Anthropology at a really great college here.