I recently had the great pleasure of chatting with a dear friend and fellow breast cancer survivor, Ronei Harden-Moroney. She invited me on her livestream to talk about breast cancer—science, personal experiences, and sharing what it’s like to be in this exclusive club that neither of us signed up for but brought us closer all […]Read More Conversation With a Survivor Sister
Tables Turned From the Laboratory Bench to My Own Bedside Originally Published in VICC Momentum September 23, 2020 | Dana Brantley-Sieders, PhD Note: This is an essay I wrote last summer. Though my journey continues thanks to residual disease and a mastectomy after I submitted the essay, the spirit and information in the essay hold […]Read More Breast Cancer From Bench to My Own Bedside
So I’m 5 months out from my mastectomy, waiting for reconstruction of my left breast, and I feel fugly. Not just ugly, but the kind of grotesque that can only come from looking in the mirror and STILL being shocked to see one nipple hanging significantly higher than the other. When I’m clothed it’s slightly […]Read More I don’t feel pretty, and that’s okay
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! As a breast cancer researcher and breast cancer survivor, I’m all about giving back and supporting the cause. In that spirit, this year I’m raising money for The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Initiative. Want to help? Donate to my fundraiser and I’ll feature your survival […]Read More Raising Money to Support Breast Cancer Research!
This is an oldie that keeps cropping up in the sphere of (completely unvetted) wellness tips – apple cider vinegar. I’m a bit puzzled by the claims that this is a “natural remedy.” Apples are natural. Cider is processed, as is vinegar, through a fermentation process involving bacteria and yeast that occurs on an industrial […]Read More Screw the Woo Woo: Apple Cider Vinegar
It occurred to me that while I’ve told you that I’m a cancer researcher, you might not know what that actually means. There are many kinds of researchers who conduct many diverse types of cancer research, as detailed here. All are important and complimentary, and they often overlap. I am an academic (work at a […]Read More Yo, Cancer Researcher – What the Heck Do You Actually Do?
When you’re diagnosed with breast cancer, no matter what stage or subtype, odds are you’ll be looking at surgery as part of your treatment plan. Got a tumor in your boob? Gotta have it cut out. Thankfully, patients have options when it comes to surgery, and, this is important… THERE ARE NO RIGHT OR WRONG […]Read More Lumpectomy versus Mastectomy – I’ve had ’em both and I’m telling you all about it!
It’s been a while! I’ve taken time to recover from my mastectomy (will blog about that later) and, like many folks in self-isolation, I’ve been doing things like gardening, cooking/baking, home improvement, and family activities to fill the time. I waver between being grateful, bored, peaceful, restless, and generally anxious about the immediate and long-term […]Read More Breast Cancer Care in the Era of Covid-19
First off, apologies for the long absence. Between working from home, homeschooling, gardening (I’ve got a CRAPTON of veggie plants and flowers that I love, pet, kiss, and call my green babies), bread baking (while the yeast lasted), quilting (I’m seriously turning into my grandmother), I’ve been a little busy in quarantine. Busy is good. […]Read More Thoughts on My Upcoming Mastectomy
On this, my second “Cancerversary,” I want to urge my fellow citizens to take this pandemic seriously, shelter-in-place, flatten the curve, and listen to scientists and health experts rather than politicians and rabble-rousers who value the economy over health and safety. I originally submitted this as an Op-Ed to several news outlets, but in light […]Read More Covid-19 and Cancer – Self-Isolation Isn’t Just About You