Archive for October 2013

The end of the BRCA series: a wrap up

Wow, what a month. When I first decided to do a series on the BRCA gene I really didn’t realize what was involved. Looking back I will never regret a second of it. But I do have some thoughts on the month. First, my guest posters. My amazing, brave group of women (and one man!)... Read more »

Cancer: a time to realize who your friends really are

This whole month my blog has been devoted to raising awareness about the genetic mutation known as BRCA. Each weekday I had a guest post appear, written by someone who is also afflicted with this gene. I wanted to help people. I wanted to alert people to get tested and take necessary action to prevent... Read more »

Norman: When a father discovers his daughter has cancer

Norman: When a father discovers his daughter has cancer
Written by my father “My Daddy”, Norman Dachman (author of Chicago Then) Ten years ago my daughter Teppi Jacobsen (When You Put It That Way) called and said I have something important to tell you.  She was going to drive over to tell me. I had  moved to Madison, WI and thought it unusual for... Read more »
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Jan: BRCA1 positive and feeling like a ticking time bomb

Jan is a Language industry professional, wife and mother of two. She hails from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Written by Jan  “It’s okay, Mom, maybe they’ll grow back!” My eight year old daughter’s words of hope in 2011 after our girl-to-girl chat. I explained that since breast cancer runs in my genes, I was contemplating preventive... Read more »

Amy: BRCA1 positive and the increased risk for those of Ashkenazi Jewish descent

Amy: BRCA1 positive and the increased risk for those of Ashkenazi Jewish descent
Got Risk?…like Angelina? My BRCA Story AMY BYER SHAINMAN 2010 was a very difficult year for me and my family.  However, from my experience I learned great lessons of self-worth, beauty, and empowerment. I know that I am greater than the sum of my parts. I underwent two prophylactic (preventative) surgeries.  In March of 2010,... Read more »

Lindsay: The creator of Bright Pink and youngest patient to undergo a preventative mastectomy

Lindsay: The creator of Bright Pink and youngest patient to undergo a preventative mastectomy
Many of the women that you have read about this month are a bit older. Yet, there are thousands of young women now facing the knowledge that they must be tested and may be BRCA positive. I have my own two daughters 25 and 23 that will undergo testing. Having an organization that supports these... Read more »
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Elaisa: BRCA1 positive and a young mother determined to live for her children

Elaisa: BRCA1 positive and a young mother determined to live for her children
I am a 33 year old wife, mother of two, daughter, sister, and Regional Manager for multi-family housing.  I enjoy cooking, baking, going to garage sales, shopping, and watching NFL (go Colts!) and college basketball (go IU!). Written by Elaisa Trendelman I like to laugh and if I can make others laugh then I feel... Read more »

Kohl's and Macy's opening on Thanksgiving? Way to ruin a holiday!!

Kohl's and Macy's opening on Thanksgiving? Way to ruin a holiday!!
I’ve been away from writing this month as I have been running my series on the BRCA gene. However, after just reading the news about Kohl’s plans to open on Thanksgiving at 8pm (Macy’s has as well)  I must divert my attention. Because in a word, this sucks. Thanksgiving is a very special time for a... Read more »

Vuokko: BRCA2 positive and living where health care is deemed excellent

Vuokko is almost 35. She has two great kids, aged 3 and 1. She lives in Finland with her British husband who she married in 2009. She works as a liaison person in a medical supply company. She studied in the US after high school for 4 years on a basketball scholarship. All in all, she considers... Read more »
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Harvey: BRCA2 positive and a survivor of male breast cancer

Harvey: BRCA2 positive and a survivor of male breast cancer
Harvey Singer and Vicki Singer Wolf are siblings who have both been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Their family history has been affected by several different types of cancer over the years. Breast cancer has affected their Aunt who was diagnosed in 1988, their mother in 1995 and then 1 month later in 1995, Vicki was... Read more »