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The loss of a child appears to be a mortality risk factor for people diagnosed with cancer.
I know enough about breast cancer to know there are no “guarantees,” though my children need to have them.
The thought of going away is scary but I know I have to do it. This trip is a big way to be clear that I am “Lisa” and not just “mom.”
“Truly, I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for clinical trials,” she says.
What I wish you knew — the flip side
In a survey, parents ranked “It can prevent some types of cancer” as the best reason for their children to receive the vaccine.
How do you practice self-care? What is important to you? How do you keep your kids (if any) from kicking each other ALL SUMMER LONG?
Cancer taught me that in order to survive, in order to truly live, I had to let go of being the control freak worrywart mother I had been.
Another mom who has cancer once told me that this is our kids’ story too, and to let them process it in their own way.
I was so happy to be there, to have been able to sit at his communion with my own hair and my one boob and just be ME.
When I see my kids struggle with my illness and its aftermath, I think about how I handled things when my world fell apart.
I feel for my kids, I really do — they’re still unsure if this new mommy, this one who has only one boob and less patience, is here for good
When I look at our pre-cancer photos, I don’t recognize myself in them. These Magic Hour photos are amazing — they show our family anew.
I look back at all the things I’ve accomplished and think about how much I gave up to live up to an expectation that does not really exist.
Sometimes we fall down, but we have to survive, we have to pick ourselves up and do what we have to do to get to the other side
I am kicking ass and taking names in terms of my life, my health and how I want my world to be.
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