Tag: ‘mammogram’


Fight Breast Cancer Before It Starts

Michele Weldon | September 20, 2012

Do the walks, the runs, the awareness all of it. And tell your sisters, mom, stepmothers, mothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces, lovers, friends and coworkers– hell, even tell the women next to you on the bus– to get a mammogram. Because it could save her life. As it did mine.


Cancer Awareness Never Sleeps

Michele Weldon | November 2, 2010

Cancer survivors don’t need a month-long reminder punctuated with ubiquitous pink ribbons. We never forget. It’s nice and all, thank you, with everyone driving around with the stickers on their bumpers, and running/ walking for the cure, donating, speaking out, sharing their stories. But we survivors don’t need the brain rush at the grocery check-out to pledge a dollar. Because we know how important it all is. We wish we didn’t have to know, but we know.


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.


On Clean Bills, Patients and Winning

Michele Weldon | November 23, 2009

“I am not God,” Dr. Dowlat said as I pulled the green print open-fronted gown closed. “But you will be fine.”

Today was my semi-annual appointment with the breast surgeon who excised my cancer and oversaw my recovery beginning three years ago. He is kind, reassuring and most importantly, a seasoned surgeon. I trust him with my life. Because he saved it.