Category Archives: Opinion

#breastcancerrealitycheck – support a cure not awareness

This is what early stage breast cancer looks like. It doesn’t look like pretty breasts or pink ribbons. The artificial “awareness” campaigns like “no bra day” and “save the ta-tas” only serve to arouse young men who already have a hypersexualized impression of women.  Worse, the whole idea of no bra day doesn’t align with… Read More »

Book launch: Agony and Absurdity: Adventures in Cancerland: An Anthology

Tomorrow (Wednesday) at about 7:30pm Pacific I’ll be reading my chapter, titled “Window Shopping” for the launch of the latest Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS) anthology titled: Agony and Absurdity: Adventures in Cancerland: An Anthology. I hope to have my reading periscoped – and if we manage that I’ll put the link in here. If you… Read More »

What if patients made the recommendations?

I was reading through Caroline’s post about What I wish I had known before treatment. She mentions an article about recommendations from breast surgeons regarding prophylactic mastectomy. There is concern that more patients are opting for them, even though there is no oncological benefit (article is here – if you want a copy and don’t… Read More »

Blogs as a ‘service’ not a ‘treatment’

On the virtually connecting session yesterday we talked about the role blogging might play in healthcare. One question that Susan Adam’s (@edtechsight) asks us was how to educate patients about blogs (or inspire them to participate in the blogosphere)? She mentioned seeing something like a pamphlet or patient handout that talked about the role of blogs… Read More »

Talking about blogging with bloggers #vcept

I’m excited that on Thursday I’ll get to meet a bunch of illness (health) bloggers that I have followed for some time (e.g. Marie Ennis O’Connor (, Beth Gainer (, Caroline Frankovich Ronten (, Britni Brown O’Donnell (, Alicia Staley (, Terri Coutee (, and Scott Johnston ( . I’ll be meeting them virtually, but… Read More »

On healthy privilege and prevention

Prevention: the action of stopping something from happening or arising. ~Google Definition. Words matter. I find that certain words really make me cringe. One of those words is the word prevention. Why? Because prevention means that we know what causes something. It means that we have a way to actually prevent it from happening. Another… Read More »