Tag Archives: breast cancer surgery

My life with the BRCA 2 gene, and how I got there.

Angelina Jolie wrote an eloquent, well written op-ed piece in the NY Times today “My Medical Choice”, that really inspired me to share my story and tell you what it was like to be told you have the BRCA gene.  If you are familiar with my site you know that I will talk about anything- [...]

Now What? A Patient’s Guide to Recovery After Mastectomy

Now What?: A Patient’s Guide to Recovery after Mastectomy by Amy Curran Baker This is by far not a sexy topic to write about- but like all things CancerVictory, it’s an extremely practical book. My hat is off to Amy Curran Baker for tackling this issue. And it’s a good book- well researched, well thought-out [...]

How come the doctors never mention drains after surgery?

Or if they do mention them- it’s in passing. Like it’s no big deal. Well, it IS a big deal! Only because most people are unprepared for them. Where do I put them? How do I shower with them? And what? I have to have them for another 2 weeks??? Are you kidding me?  The [...]

What makes a great Doctor

As a cancer patient who has fibromyalgia, I have been to my fair share of doctors. In my cancer treatment year I logged over 2,000 miles in my little red corolla going to doctors appointments, and my doctors were no farther than 7 miles away! Yikes! Going through something like cancer can be really scary, [...]