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.


My story

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.


8 responses »

  1. Hi WildRose, just wondering if you’re home (March 21) and how you’re doing. Hope all is well! Are you around to get your mail?


  2. Hey you,
    Just checking in to send good vibes. I hope you’re feeling well and your moving adventures/preparations are going well.

    Kimberly, TBAN

  3. Hi Kimberly,
    Doing OK so far. I really want a nap! Two my treatments after today and I’m done! She’s thinking about switching me to taxotere. The taxol started off OK but after about 4 days the SEs began with a vengeance. Still working on moving when I have the energy and strength. I have time, and that’s good, because I’m going to need it.

  4. How are you doing now? Where else has your journey with cancer taken you? I too have been treated for breast cancer and will get my port out in a few weeks!

  5. I ran across your blog today while trying to find more information to help my mom. She was diagnosed in September and had to have her port removed last week due to an infection. I especially enjoyed what not to say and what to say to cancer patients. It’s helped me to see how best to talk to my mom. Thank you so much for sharing your journey. I wish you continued success.

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