Book Review: Hospital Land USA

Death is certain. Time of death is not. But in Hospital Land USA, the other S&M (Science and Medicine) as Wendy Simonds calls it, death is a failure, something to be suspended and avoided at whatever cost. And there is no safe word. The surreal ordinariness of it all – from appointments and forms to . . . → Read More: Book Review: Hospital Land USA

Being happy does not help you live longer

“*Sad face*: Being happy does not help you live longer,” New Scientist, Dec. 10, 2015.

The power of positive thinking has passed into folklore, helping to fuel a large self-help industry – not to mention people who like to post “inspirational” quotes on social media.

Some cancer bloggers complain that common advice to “fight” their . . . → Read More: Being happy does not help you live longer

International Feminist Critiques of Breast Cancer Culture

BCC partners Grazia de Michele and Ana Porroche Escudero participated in an influential public event on breast cancer this past October held at Marienea, Basauri’s Women’s Association in Bilbao, Spain. The event was sponsored by the Women’s Institute of the Basque Country (Emakunde-Emakumearen Euskal Erakundea), the premier group responsible for promoting, advising, and assessing gender . . . → Read More: International Feminist Critiques of Breast Cancer Culture

War metaphors in breast cancer – “brave” word angers some

“War metaphors in breast cancer – “brave” word angers some,” by Sally James, Health News Review.

Sally James, a Seattle-based freelance writer, who is a regular story and news release reviewer for Health News Review.

A recent campaign by the Centers for Disease Control is called Bring Your Brave and aims to get younger . . . → Read More: War metaphors in breast cancer – “brave” word angers some

After cancer treatment, I had to walk away from my life as I knew it

“After cancer treatment, I had to walk away from my life as I knew it,” by Sonja Koenig, The Globe and Mail.

Sonja Koenig lives in Yellowknife. She just completed a year’s sabbatical in New York.

It is back there somewhere in the morass of it all; the decision I made to just . . . → Read More: After cancer treatment, I had to walk away from my life as I knew it

Representations of women on Australian breast cancer websites: An Interview with Alexandra Gibson

‘Pink ribbon culture’ dominates understandings of breast cancer in Western societies, but how do other countries define breast cancer culture?

Ally Gibson

Ally Gibson teams up with Christina Lee in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland and Shona Crabb in the Discipline of Public Health at the University of Adelaide . . . → Read More: Representations of women on Australian breast cancer websites: An Interview with Alexandra Gibson

Tinged Pink: When The Cancer Narrative Can't Compass Your Loss

“Tinged Pink: When The Cancer Narrative Can’t Compass Your Loss.” By Erika Anderson, Gawker.

The American insistence on hope has become a burden. It’s the smile stamped on tragedy. Not only must you brace for the inevitable, but you must do so with glee. Consider the man who marathons even though he’s dying of brain . . . → Read More: Tinged Pink: When The Cancer Narrative Can’t Compass Your Loss

Living with stage 4

“Living with stage 4,” By Diane Mapes, Hutch News, Oct. 24, 2014.

In a culture focused on survivorship, those with metastatic breast cancer who will be in treatment for the rest of their lives can feel isolated and misunderstood.

An estimated 155,000-plus women (and men) in the U.S. currently live with “mets,” stage 4 . . . → Read More: Living with stage 4

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