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2 Kids, 1 Experience

Battling cancer is a traumatic experience for the patient and their loved ones, regardless of age. Have you ever thought about what it is like to be a child with a mother battling breast cancer? Here lies a recollection by two young adults, DJ Reed and Emma De Suyrot, about what it was like to be a 7 or 8 year-old with a mother who is battling breast cancer. 
Today, DJ is 21 and Emma is 20. Both are college juniors studying in Boston, MA. DJ is a New Yorker, through and through, while Emma is French-Japanese and was raised in …

 

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 …

 

Breast Cancer…A Head Trip

The toughest part of my first breast cancer, in 1999, was not the surgery, or the radiation, or even the five years on Tamoxifen. It was coping with the fears it set off.   I lived alone; could I take care of myself during treatment?  I needed to support myself; could I work during treatment? After treatment, the ifs set in – what if I get a recurrence or a new cancer in the other breast and need a mastectomy? What if I want to change jobs, will I be able to get insurance or will this be considered a preexisting condition? I …