Category Archives: Cancer Stories

A Note from Peter – Boston Strong

I could not use another title. Being a former marathoner, doing Boston like ten times, I can’t help but be touched  in so many ways by this bombing. I have a few of my friends still running in this great event and many others watching it.
Luckily none of friends or family got hurt. My thoughts and energy go out to to all who were victims of this event. I will not give these horrible people any of my energy, it reminds us that there are still some bad people in the world. What I would love to focus is …


A Note from Peter- Male Breast Cancer

Male Breast Cancer
What’s it all about? I know a lot of the men I talk with feel alone with this diagnosis. I personally don’t, I was able to connect with women early on to help me on my journey. I really hope we can continue to grow and raise awareness, so men know they could get male breast cancer.
Earlier this month I mentioned about the Art fashion show at Neiman Marcus. It was a huge success and loads of fun. I think everyone had a great time.  A fun event and it raised money for a good cause. Be Strong.
Peter …


Summer Sun, Radiation and Chemo

Radiation was a part of my first go round with breast cancer. On my last day of treatment, my radiation oncologist warned against my sitting out in the sun for the first year after completing treatment. Since I am  not a summer person and avoid walking or sitting in direct sunlight, this restriction was no hardship.
Years later, as a patient navigator, I was amazed to hear so many women speak of how they were looking forward covering themselves in sun screen and resting at the beach or near a lake when they completed treatment. So..I thought it might be a …


Cancer a Secret Word!

As I mentioned before, growing up in the 60’s and 70’s when someone was sick, they stayed in the hospital for extended periods of time.  It was the norm for the time we grew up in. My mother and father always came home from the hospital no matter how long they were in the hospital for! Extended hospital stays was a stable in our household growing up.
Were we naive for not thinking about our parent’s illness as being terminal? Or were we just children being children and not thinking of a young parent’s mortality? Was it the time we were …


Life with my Mother

After my father passed away in February of 1966, my mother devoted her life to her two young children ages 9 and 4.  She never dated or wanted to date. Her children and family were her life.  She hated driving and would never take a highway.  If she could get there by back roads she would go! If there were no back roads, it was the Long Island Railroad or a cab!
She loved to shop and did all of our clothes shopping and would bring home bags of clothes for us for us to try on!  She loved jewelry.
I never …


Check it out!

Hello everyone , I hope all is good. Wondering if you all had a chance to check out the male breast cancer piece on Brian Williams Rock Center. My part is on the Rock center website. So take a look, they did a good job and let me know what you think. (link below)
I will also be appearing at Neiman Marcus on March 7 at 6-8pm for a Fashion show and cocktail reception on the first floor. I will be one of the models. Jason Varitek and Walter McCarty plus many other radio and TV celebrities attending. Sarah Underwood will …


Why February is not my favorite month!

February is the shortest month of the year! But for me it is truly the longest month. February means we are about halfway through winter; but it packs a powerful punch when it wants to!  It was always a month that I liked to escape to somewhere warm and get away.  I have not done that in a while.  It truly did help with the winter blues that would come my way during the month of February.
Now on February 11, I am in between the two dates that changed my life forever.  February 13 which is coming up in a …


5 years ago

On January 11, 2008 is the day my hand bumped into my chest and noticed a lump. Followed by a visit to the PCP and then mammogram, ultrasound followed by a core biopsy. I had my surgery on the 28th of January. Chemotherapy started on the 27th of February. My cancer spread to my spine in April 2009. Five years to the day I had to switched to like my 7th or 8th treatment. It has been an unbelievable journey that I wish no one else to go on. I am so glad that I have so many great friends …


Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer 2013! We are open for Business!

Save the Date!  May 6-12, 2013 for the Fourteenth Annual Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer! Save Room for Dessert! Help us raise money for Breast Cancer!
We are proud to announce that Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer 2013 is dedicated to the memory of Anna Guarino, aunt of our longtime friend Joanna Roffo from Regan Communications Group who has helped and supported Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer for many years
I encourage you to read more of Anna’s story!  As time goes on you will know more of what a very special and generous woman Anna was and how greatly she is …


My Life as a Cancer Caregiver

My wife has often wondered how I managed to get through everything when she was diagnosed with mesothelioma. It was only three months before she was diagnosed that we were in tears of joy because our daughter, Lily, had just been born. It was the most exciting time of our life, but unfortunately that happiness was short-lived. Only three months later, my wife was told that she had mesothelioma, a very rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. We were in total shock upon receiving the diagnosis, and all I could do was sit and wonder how we …