Clothes Shopping Post-Mastectomy – It’s the Junior High Locker Room All Over Again!
After my long journey through a breast cancer diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and recovery, I thought I was done dealing with cancer for the most part. Here’s something that I didn’t expect (and that no one tells you about!!!) post-mastectomy: the fear and anxiety of clothes shopping and more specifically, dressing rooms. Uh huh. Please […]Read full story
I opted for reconstruction after my mastectomy. This process sure reminded me of the long, windy treatment road to success. After the initial surgery, expanders were put in to my chest to prepare the area for implants. This experience was… interesting. Many people had asked me what my Lady Lumps (no one knows what to […]Read full story
Gettin’ Ready to Radiate!
One of the Silver Linings during my breast cancer journey was finding small ways to care for myself. It was the small, simple things, really (e.g., a cup of tea, watching a hummingbird outside my window, snuggling with my daughter) that buoyed my spirit and kept me hopeful. The Unexpected SL As I walked in […]Read full story
The Funk Zone: Sinister Sinusitis with a Side of Prunes
A few months after my breast cancer diagnosis and double mastectomy and reconstruction, I started on the brutal road known as Chemotherapy. Though I had been finding Silver Linings at each step of my breast cancer journey thus far, it certainly became harder at this point. After my 4th round of chemotherapy, I went into […]Read full story
The Silver Lining Philosophy
I am Hollye Jacobs: speaker, nurse, social worker, child development specialist, and author. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, I speak publicly and write about my experience on my award-winning blog, The Silver Pen, and in my book, The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer. Three years after my breast cancer […]Read full story