temp-post-imagePhew!!! The decision was finally made – I was to have a lumpectomy of my right breast to remove the known cancer. A lumpectomy usually removes the least amount of breast tissue. The surgeon removes the cancer and a small portion or margin of the surrounding tissue, but not the breast itself. They also chose to remove an area of dense breast tissue called a fibroadenoma. Fibroadenomas are common benign (non-cancerous) breast tumors made up of both glandular tissue and stromal (connective) tissue. Fibroadenomas are most common in women in their 20s and 30s, but they can be found in women of any age. They tend to shrink after a woman goes through menopause. Dr. Kahn said it wasn’t n...

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I can't believe it's been exactly one year since I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The journey was slooowwww but yet fast, all at the same time, and so much has transpired.

So, you may be wondering why I stopped sharing about my journey.... Well, despite the fact that I felt like crap, "life" continued to happen, and I had another massive family crisis that took precedence (as if I didn't have enough on my plate) during this time. When it rains, it pours and it was dumping hard.


With the little energy that I had, my focus had to go there, so writing went on the back burner. I was too physically and emotionally spent to do anything else but just survive each day. I'll share that story, too, b...

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So where did I leave off... oh yes, a year ago, August 9th we returned from the house we purchased in Austin, to begin educating myself with all things breast cancer.

Despite the fact that I have been working in healthcare for the past 25 years, I really had no idea what it meant to have "breast cancer". You hear about so many women who have faced it and beat it. You see the pink ribbons posted, pink license plates, pink wrist bands, the Susan Komen Walk advertised, October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Hollywood Stars who survived breast cancer like Sheryl Crow, Christina Applegate & Melissa Ethridge, but I truly didn't have the remotest idea about the complexities of this disease. Call me ...

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Stunned, dazed and confused - picture that walking out of the doctor's office. I remember getting in the car and thinking that this had to be a dream, or rather a nightmare. I took a few deep breaths to get my panic attack under control and drove home.... to what? hit me as I pulled into the driveway... we're supposed to be moving to Austin the following morning at 8 am. Holy Shit!! Everything was done, bought the dream lake house in Austin (Rough Hollow Lakeway Tx), "check", shipped the boat, "check", registered the kids in the new school, "check", LA house for sale, "check", and jobs set up, "check". The only thing left was to pack the furniture & hop on a one way flight from Calif...

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Monday, July 25th, (I'll never forget the day) finally arrived and I was fairly calm, cool and collected because, in my mind, the results from the biopsy were going to be benign. No big deal. The call finally came in from the diagnostic center that afternoon asking me to come in to the office per "typical protocol"... Really? Couldn't they just give me the results over the phone? I'm in the middle of moving to Austin and didn't have time for these inconveniences! My husband and mom insisted on coming with me, "just in case" but again, it was a non-issue, right?

Dr. David Chan (medical oncologist) comes in, sits down at the desk and after some niceties states, "After reviewing the results of t...

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Ironically, over the weekend, while I was anxiously awaiting the news of my biopsy results, my daughter Cami and I had planned to attend the "Walk with Sally" fundraising event in Manhattan Beach, in support of a mentorship program for children whose parents, guardians or siblings have cancer or have succumbed to cancer. Nick Arquette, the founder and CEO of the charity, is a friend of mine and I wanted to support his cause. We also had the opportunity to recognize my husband's mom, Mary, as she passed from cancer a few years ago.


His story - Sally was Nick Arquette’s mom. He and his brother lived with her in Northern California while she was diagnosed with and battling breast cancer. T...

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temp-post-imageReally, right now? Nothing like this comes at a "good time", of course.

Our family was right in the middle of a move from Los Angeles to Austin (that's another story in an of itself). I was in the middle of packing boxes on Sunday night and had two choices...push this, most likely benign situation, off until after we moved to Austin OR see if I could have my OBGYN Zhanna Pinkus, MD squeeze me in on Monday for a quick "check" and ease my mind of any serious consequence. So, I opted for the latter. Lynette Miya, NP was gracious enough to see me on Monday morning & my daughter later in the week.

So the diagnostic journey began... ultrasound on Monday with Lynette (not a cyst - but what was it?), ...

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It's ironic how we all get caught up in what we want in life, planning our futures, building our families, establishing our work, the pursuit of happiness and in a single moment, BOOM! it changes... it did for me, but in the most insane, crazy & yet amazing way. Ironically, I'm sharing my story this month of October, which happens to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month but more importantly I'm sharing in the hope that it might impact someone in even the smallest, simplest way.

Sunday July 17, my 19 year old daughter came to me and said, "Hey mom, I feel a weird lump on my breast and I'm not sure what it is - can you check it out?" It completely caught me off guard, as who would have thought an "...

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Water is extremely beneficial to the body in so many ways. We want to see how you can express this through social media!

7 of your 14 days must include these types of posts:

1. 3 facts on the benefits of drinking water

2. Ideas about times it is easy to add water into the day

3. Healthy ways to spruce up your water (i.e. fruit)

4. A selfie drinking water at work!

5. A picture of you and a friend drinking water

6. A picture of your water bottle (doesn't have to be Swell) with the launch website or social media pages

7. A place in your office you can refill a water bottle, or if you don’t have one, a suggestion on how this can be implemented!

Your other 7 posts can be about anything that you like, o...

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Searching for a healthy, easy recipe for dinner this week? Look no further! This Slow-Cooker Quinoa-Summer Squash Casserole is delicious and nutritious, with only 111 calories per serving.

• 12 ounces tomatillos, husked, rinsed and chopped
• 1 pint cherry tomatoes, chopped
• 1 poblano or bell pepper, chopped
• 1/2 cup finely chopped white onion
• 1 tablespoon lime juice
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup quinoa
• 1 cup crumbled cotija or feta cheese, divided
• 2 pounds small yellow summer squash, cut into 1/4-inch slices
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano


1. Combine tomatillos, tomatoes, pepper, onion, lime juice and salt in a medium bowl.
2. Coat a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cook...

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