Tag: ‘cancer’


A Virginia Wrestling Mom’s Story by Stephanie Smith-Justus

Michele Weldon | December 8, 2010

This is a wrestling story…but with a twist. I won’t pretend I “accidentally” got involved; wrestling is a way of life for my town; the town of Grundy, Virginia. Not much of a town is left, the Army Corp of Engineers decided to move our town so we are left with a huge rock cliff […]


Honestly, It’s Not My Fault

Michele Weldon | March 28, 2010

Why anyone gets cancer knows it is a complicated formula of genetics plus environment plus fate plus who knows what, maybe the perfume my mother wore when she was pregnant or the weed killer my father spread on the backyard lawn.


Why I Love My Doctor and How She Operates

Michele Weldon | March 2, 2010

Dr. Lauren Streicher has been my gynecologist for 17 years; she delivered Colin. In October 2006, I was diagnosed with breast cancer from a routine mammogram given by my radiologist, Dr. Joan Werber. She and Dr. Streicher are friends as well as colleagues. Hours after I was scheduled for a biopsy, Dr. Streicher called me at home to reassure me I would be fine. After surgery and radiation, I was fine. In December 2007, following disturbing elevated counts on two PSA tests, Dr. Streicher operated on me to remove my ovaries, for fear of ovarian cancer. Luckily, I did not have ovarian cancer. Dr. Streicher talks here about the kind of rapport she has with her patients and why. You will see precisely why I trust her with my life.


Why This Site and Why You’re Here

Michele Weldon | September 6, 2009

It’s not like I have a lot of extra time. So I know not to waste yours. I work about 60 hours a week. I write books, articles, essays. I do laundry, cook and occasionally walk two miles around the local track. I’m a decent sister and a good friend. And I’m a wrestling mom.