Diagnosis in Rewind

Last week I accompanied a very close friend to a follow-up diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound due to suspicious findings in her baseline mammogram. I am not going to bury the lede here, she is absolutely clear and healthy, thank god. She is the 80% that is totally clear after a suspicious finding. Amen. Now I…

Unmentionables

Though it may not seem like it, due to my ‘openness’ in this blog, there are a few topics that I have wanted to write about, but haven’t felt entirely comfortable doing. Bad (or good?) news for you, I am not going to write about them today either. These topics all center around the female…

A Grancer Plea: #SaveACA

Do you want to guess how much my cancer care has cost since April 2016? I am going to let you mull that over for a while. I will reveal the answer by the end of this post. My husband works for a company that generously offers us a pretty comprehensive insurance plan. It is…

Cancer as Contrition

When this all started I was tested for the BRCA gene mutation, as well as 21 other known breast cancer gene mutations. I don’t carry any of them. Yeah? In some ways it is a major ‘yeah.’ I don’t have to preemptively have my ovaries removed, as I am not genetically predisposed to ovarian cancer….

Man-cer 

I don’t think I would say that I am a girlie girl per se, but if I had to pick for myself butch or femme, I’d go femme. Femininity has been an ongoing issue throughout treatment. Within a month of diagnosis, my breasts were in a medical waste bin. Two months later, I was bald….

Year in Review 

As the dawn of a new year is upon us, let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we? For those of you who haven’t stopped your lives to faithfully read my every word for the past 8 months, first of all, how dare you and secondly, this will serve as a Cliffs Notes. We…

To Doula or Don’tla

I have been a practicing birth doula for almost 8 years. I have watched as 50+ women and their families welcomed their children into the world. I truly love this work. It interests me and it fulfills me. Just last year, I made it official and turned my homegrown business into an LLC, Diamond Doula…

The Wall 

It’s happening right now. I reached the place I have heard about from so many who came before me. I hit the post-treatment wall. I will tell you about what happened, but note that the trigger is somewhat irrelevant. It doesn’t really matter what makes you hit the wall, it just matters that it happened….

Breast Cancer Gift Guide 2016!!!

Tis the season for gift giving and who better to give you advice about what to buy your cancer-y friends and family than Grancer?! Below, I will share with you some ideas to help you get through this hectic gift-giving onslaught. Please also note that gifts listed with an * are presents you could also…

Commencement

Today I had my 6 week follow-up with my plastic surgeon, post-reconstruction surgery. I had a whole list of questions like, do I still have to wear a bra around the clock, can I sleep on my stomach, etc. Very early on in my speech, Dr. Sisco stopped me and said, ‘Grace, this is it. You…

What the WHAT?!

LOOK LOOK LOOK! Grancer has reached a major milestone. We (and by ‘we,’ I mean me) have had over 100,000 visitors to this blog! That is bonkers. How am I going to write 100,000 holiday cards?!?! I say that because I feel like you guys are all my friends. You have to be my friends,…

Hairvolution

Look! My hair is finally long enough for a hair accessory!! When people see me lately, often the first thing they say is, ‘wow, look how long your hair is!’ This makes me giggle. I suppose they are correct, if you are looking at the fact that I was stone-cold bald 1.5 months ago and…