Monday, April 23, 2007

Reviewing the book on my other site

As you've probably realized, I can't keep up with two sites!

So ... I'll review Cathy's book on Discussing Breast Cancer on Wednesday, April 25th!

Monday, April 09, 2007

Chris has won Cathy's book!

Author/survivor Cathy Bueti sent me two copies of her book, "Breastless in the City" so that I could read one and give the other away to one of my readers. Chris Rodas is the winner of that raffle and the book is going out to her today!

I'll be 'reviewing' Cathy's book in a few weeks so if you haven't picked up a copy from your local library or bookstore (local or online), you've still got time.

Thanks again Cathy, and thanks and congrtulations to Chris!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Moving Plans

Hi all ... as you know, one of my goals with this site is to empower breast cancer survivors. Well, an opportunity has come up for me to combine my "blogging for breast cancer" passion with some web trafficking experts. I've decided to write for a new site, Discussing Breast Cancer, at

With the people at 451 Press promoting the site, I'll gain more readers. More readers means more people reached with the information I want to disseminate to survivors. More "armed" survivors means more of a chance of defeating our enemy: breast cancer.

451 Press gets paid for the advertisements on this site, that's how they make money. As far as I can see so far, many the advertisers on the site seem to be credible and worthy causes. Some are even links I've wanted to click myself because they'll provide me with more information. Don't be afraid to click on those links. Clicking on ad just means you are doing research into the things that might be pertinent to you.

This is a professional blogging gig for me. That means I'll get a percentage of the ad revenue which means I can actually donate more to the cause. I'll let you know what I earn and what I'll put the money towards once I start earning.

The book club will continue (here or there, I'm not sure). I'll choose the winner of the raffle by Wednesday and get the book shipped off to the winner in time to start reading over the weekend!

One day there will be a forwarding link to that site as I wean off posting here and get you all reading over there. So pack your bags and get ready for the move.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

April Book Club Selection

This month's selection was made easy for me because of Cathy Bueti, author of "Breastless in the City." Cathy sent me two copies of her book; one for me, one for a reader of The Breast Blog.

I'm giving the second copy to ... hmmmm ... who shall I give it too? I was going to give it to the most active participant in the discussion on "Digging to America," but that would have been me (aren't you sorry you lurked?).

So ... email me or post a comment asap and be entered into a random drawing for the book (to take place by the end of the week). You can always get the book on Amazon; here's a link.

"Breastless in the City" is about Cathy's life. Child of an alcoholic father, she married her high school sweetheart but was widowed at the age of 25. Seven years later, still trying to find her way in life after such a profound loss, she discovers a lump in her breast. Single, bald, breastless ... and that alcoholic father? He becomes one of her biggest supporters.

The back of the books explains that Cathy is stunningly honest and open in this book. She's a real person telling the story of her battle.

I can't wait to get started!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Switch to red wine ladies

So I freaked out when I read this one: "a single alcoholic beverage daily may increase a woman's risk of developing invasive breast cancer by 9 percent. Drinking just over two drinks daily may increase the risk by 32 percent."

Not good. Not good at all. And apparently beer, liquor and white wine are all guilty vices. But red wine ... that's not on the "bad" list. So it is time for me to start pouring Cabernet at 'Happy Hour' instead of Pinot Grigio. Not sure if I can make the switch, but apparently alcohol consumption influences our estrogen levels ... Lord, have mercy on us all!

Read all about it here: New study links breast cancer and alcohol consumption

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Faces for a Cure

Let me introduce you to Janie and Matt Canei.

Janie is my sister. No, not my biological sister, not even a step or an adoptive sister. She's a sister in this fight against breast cancer. That makes Matt my conceptual nephew.

Janie is dealing with a cancer recurrence -- and 18 year old Matt, who was 15 when she was first diagnosed only three years ago, has come up with a fantastic, innovative, novel way to raise some money and support. He's designed and tells his story there; it's a site where I've already placed my head shot in support of him, his mother, and all the rest of us fighting this battle.

Perhaps I'm projecting a little bit of affection onto this boy because I have two boys of my own who lived through my initial diagnosis and recurrence as well. They are still young ... but this disease affects our children more than we can ever imagine.

Anyway, go check out Buy some space so we can all see we're in this together. We make a beautiful army, don't we?