i love you with all my boobs. I would say my heart, but my boobs are bigger I’ve spent twenty years working as a biomedical breast cancer researcher. Then, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I thought I knew breast cancer before it whacked me upside my left boob and left me bleeding on the […]Read More Introduction
With the recent emergency use approval of two independent vaccines for SARS2-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the horror that is Covid-19, many folks have questions: What the heck are these vaccines? Are they safe and effective? Should I get one? Note: I’m not going to dignify any wild conspiracy theories about vaccines and microchips. Bill […]Read More Getting to Know the Covid-19 Vaccines!
First off, HUGE news! My amazing literary agent, Barbara Collins Rosenberg, landed a publishing deal for me with Rowman & Littlefield!!! I’m honored, thrilled, and still squee-ing! So, stay tuned for Talking to My Tatas: A Breast Cancer Researcher’s Adventure With The Disease And What You Can Learn From It. Here’s the Working Blurb – […]Read More I HAVE A BOOK DEAL AND NEW HEADSHOTS!!!!
Tanisha Jones MBC & Renal Failure Fund I’ve met and admired many survivor sisters over the years. After my diagnosis, they held me in their arms and lifted me up so I didn’t have to face breast cancer alone. Before I was diagnosed, I got to know a really cool woman named Tanisha Jones. We […]Read More Fundraising for Tanisha
(Filched from my personal FaceBook Page. It’s not plagiarism if it’s mine) Some thoughts on people who think my cancer wasn’t “that bad,” was “baby cancer,” and wasn’t such a “big deal.” Yes, people have said that to me. People have also asked me why I think I got cancer. I could go into a […]Read More $hit You Shouldn’t Say To Cancer Patients Or Survivors: Part 1
First off, I’m doing GREAT nine days after autologous (fancy term for my surgeon using my own fat and tissue to build a new boob) breast reconstruction! The procedure went very well, and the graft took. My amazing surgeon, Dr. Galen Perdikis (and his team, including the surgeon who assisted with the microvascular attachment work), […]Read More Surgery Made Me An A-hole
With so much uncertainty in the world, it’s nice to be fairly certain about one thing: tomorrow, I will get a new left breast. It’s a mixed bag of emotions for me, but the strongest are relief and hope. When I wake up tomorrow afternoon from anesthesia, Covid will still be ravaging the planet. We […]Read More Reconstruction Surgery and Resilience
Hello, beautiful people! I’m so pleased to report that we’ve raised over $1,000 for American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Initiative! There’s still time to make a difference! Support a local team. Send in a donation directly to the American Cancer Society. Support other organizations that fund breast cancer research and patient support: […]Read More We did it! Goal for ACS Fundraiser Met!
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