Caddy of cleaning supplies
    December 6, 2014
    Cleaning Supplies: are they really clean?

    [caption id="attachment_49980" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by Collin Anderson[/caption]   Low-dose exposure to chemicals in even one product can have lasting damage to our bodies. The re…

    Refrigerator case of plastic milk jugs
    December 4, 2014
    Breaking down the numbers: Chemicals in Packaging

    [caption id="attachment_49814" align="alignnone" width="507"] Photo by bluewaikiki.com[/caption]   Walking into the grocery store, we may feel more confident in making the right decision for our …

    Rows of brightly colors nail polish
    December 3, 2014
    Personal Care and Cosmetic: affects more than skin deep

    [caption id="attachment_49806" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by Katie T[/caption]   As women, we usually start our days primping with our favorite personal care products and cosmetics. Thi…

    Test tubes of red and blue chemicals
    December 2, 2014
    Put Us Out of Business, Please

    [caption id="attachment_49799" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by Horia Varlan[/caption]   At Protect Our Breasts, we believe in the power of information sharing. The moment someone is expos…

    Rows of plastic water bottles.
    December 1, 2014
    Protect Our Breasts with Safer Products

    [caption id="attachment_49793" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by Steven Depolo[/caption]   There are many everyday products on our grocery store shelves today that contain both environmenta…

    Clothes Shopping Post-Mastectomy
    March 21, 2014
    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 …

    Lady Lumps
    March 20, 2014
    Lady Lumps

    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 …

    Gettin Ready to Radiate
    March 19, 2014
    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 wind…

    The Funk Zone-Sinister Sinusitis with a Side of Prunes
    March 18, 2014
    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 …

    The Silver Lining Philosophy
    March 17, 2014
    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 bl…

    Medical Checklist
    June 28, 2013
    Your Medical Checklist: What You Need To Know

    When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I learned the importance of maintaining a medical checklist. I also learned how little I really knew about my health records and family history. I had to collec…

    News to Share
    June 25, 2013
    The Hardest News to Share

    The only thing worse than having a doctor tell you that you have been diagnosed with cancer is telling your children. Just saying the words, “I have cancer” can make you choke. It took me two year…

    BRCA Testing
    June 24, 2013
    The Supreme Court Decision on BRCA Testing: It’s Significance for Women

    On June 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that companies cannot patent naturally occurring human genes. This landmark ruling is a giant step forward for women’s health because it br…

    2009-01-20-Obama-Inaugurati
    October 16, 2009
    Life after Breast Cancer

    Although it was just a couple of weeks ago when my doctor looked me in the eye and called me cured of the breast cancer that had almost ended my life, I've actually considered myself free from cancer …

    cheryl and claire
    October 15, 2009
    Enduring the Journey, Finding the Cure

    I started off with one of the strongest Western medicine available, and at the end of my treatment, I was in a very vulnerable position. The cancer was gone, but the first year after treatment has the…

    Balding
    October 14, 2009
    Getting Treatment: How I Became an e-Patient

    When I started treatment, my goal was to make sure the medical staff thought of me as the perfect patient. I was going to do exactly what they said to do and follow all the rules - and I was going to …

    Cheryl nursing Austin the night before her diagnosis. 
 Her cancer was in her right breast
    October 13, 2009
    Getting the Diagnosis: All You Hear is “Cancer”

    I tried for 15 years to get pregnant, and when I was told that we should prepare to welcome a baby boy, I was determined to do everything right. I was prepared for the challenges of breastfeeding, but…

    Taken on Cheryl 50th birthday -- 
 a day she was told she'd never see.
    October 12, 2009
    My Breast Cancer Story: Let’s Start at the End

    On September 8, 2009 I went to my doctor for my annual physical. I'm very diligent about getting my regular checkup because I have a history... On March 22, 1996 I was diagnosed with stage three infla…

    An Organic Dad
    June 15, 2008
    An Organic Dad

    As a father, I have a desire to teach, provide for and protect my children. For me, one way to do all three of these is to choose organic foods for my family. I now know this as a physician, but I fir…

    BPA, Baby Bottles… Just the Beginning
    April 21, 2008
    BPA, Baby Bottles… Just the Beginning

    One of the reasons I wrote Raising Baby Green was to help parents easily sort through and prioritize which baby products area healthiest and safest for their children. In the book I suggest alternativ…