The Difference Between Cancersploitation and Art—According to a Cancer Survivor

(TIME) — Whether we view cancer films as outsiders or insiders, the best movies in the genre provide catharsis.

In The Fault in Our Stars, Hazel, the story’s teenage protagonist played by Shailene Woodley, wears a t-shirt imprinted with Magritte’s famous painting of a pipe, ceci n’est pas une pipe (“this is not a pipe”). . . . → Read More: The Difference Between Cancersploitation and Art—According to a Cancer Survivor

On Cancer PTSD and the Double-Kellering of Lisa Adams

IN NOVEMBER 2010, I finished a year of treatment for advanced breast cancer. Just 24 hours after my last Herceptin infusion, I took my bald, beleaguered self on a plane to Austin to join other women at the Life Beyond Cancer retreat. My hope was to get some insight into how to regain some semblance . . . → Read More: On Cancer PTSD and the Double-Kellering of Lisa Adams

The Chatter About Jolie

My bloggy friends have really hit some important notes about Angelina Jolie’s prophylactic bilateral mastectomies, a decision she made public in a recent editorial in the New York Times.

Jackie called out those who were judging her decision.

Marie wrote a good explainer about the BRCA gene and why its presence . . . → Read More: The Chatter About Jolie

Book Review – “The Cancer Culture Chronicles”

I met Rachel Cheetham Moro through her writing. I found her blog, The Cancer Culture Chronicles, sometime during my own treatment for breast cancer. I became an avid reader of her insightful and often hilarious prose. Recently, Rachel’s writing has been published in book form, compiled and edited by her mother Mandy Cheetham and her . . . → Read More: Book Review – “The Cancer Culture Chronicles”

Lance Armstrong, Susan Komen, and Me

A WELL-MEANING PERSON ASKS: “So, have you found life to be more meaningful now that you are a survivor?”

I’ve been asked variations of this question ever since I finished treatment for breast cancer, and my answer has always been some version of the word NO, sometimes with colorful verbiage added to emphasize my . . . → Read More: Lance Armstrong, Susan Komen, and Me