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…

    Dr. Greene discussing what to do when you find a lump
    August 14, 2013
    What to do if you discover a lump

    Finding a lump on your child's body is not necessarily a bad thing, in fact most of the time little lumps it's a good thing: healthy lymph nodes swell when they are attacking foreign invaders. The que…

    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…

    Chemicals, Cancer, and Change
    May 7, 2010
    Chemicals, Cancer, and Change

    One of the most exciting reports I have ever read, Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk – What We Can Do Now, was released this week by the President’s Cancer Panel, along with significant coverage …

    Kids and Smoking: Start the Conversations Early
    March 22, 2010
    Kids and Smoking: Start the Conversations Early

    Each day 3,000 kids start smoking.  One third of them will die from their addiction. Most preschool children today view smoking as an unhealthy, negative behavior.  Somewhere around the time of kind…

    Soy and Vitamin D: Two Ways to Prevent Colon Cancer
    January 28, 2010
    Soy and Vitamin D: Two Ways to Prevent Colon Cancer

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, colon cancer is the third-most common cancer in both men and women, and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US. Since colon cancer te…

    Soy May Do a Woman’s Body Good
    December 15, 2009
    Soy May Do a Woman’s Body Good

    A recent analysis of several studies about soy* consumption concluded that women who eat the most soy may decrease the likelihood of developing ovarian or uterine cancers by up to 40 percent. The Dece…

    Cancer Treatment and Health Care Reform
    November 5, 2009
    Cancer Treatment and Health Care Reform

    One argument you may hear against health care reform concerns cancer survival rates. The United States has higher cancer survivor rates than countries with national health care systems, we're told. Do…

    Green Living: Avoiding Asbestos
    November 4, 2009
    Green Living: Avoiding Asbestos

    Going green used to be considered expensive and a luxury for those who could afford the trend. Now it appears that we are learning that not only is adopting more environmentally conscious attitudes go…

    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…