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Just Released: Your Breast Friend Diaries Podcast featuring Kavita Jackson

Fellow breast cancer survivor and advocate, host Erika Silva, aka @yourpinksis, and I talk about letting cancer disrupt your life, utilizing your position as a patient to build a trusting and open relationship with your provider, and the power of mindset in parallel with medicine in cancer treatment. Listen to the full episode HERE or…

My COVID Vaccine

Like (doctor) Mom, like (doctor) daughter. We did it for each other.⁠ It has been one week since my 2nd dose of my (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine. The side effects I experienced were limited to about one day of arm soreness, which I am so grateful to report as one of the first cancer patients to…

Good Bye 2020

We all know what 2020 was like. So much loss-  of health, of happiness, of  livelihood and loss of lives. Specifically, 1.81 million lives lost worldwide, as of today, due to COVID-19. I guess I’m fortunate to feel like I’ve gained more than I have lost this year. But some of my losses are worth…

Expecting the Unexpected

Due back to work this month, I have been feeling anxious about my return during the pandemic and after being away for so long. This has been the longest break I have had from medicine ever. I was worried about how I’d transition back.  Being an attending was really hard for me. Much harder than…

Indian Women Get Breast Cancer

Last week I gave a virtual lecture on breast cancer basics and how to perform a breast exam to doctors in India participating in the Global Association of Indian Medical Students (GAIMS). I had to tap into my creative side to best demonstrate the breast exam via Zoom and thanks to my daughters extensive Minnie…

Bye Boobs – Part 2

In the OR I closed my eyes as me, like I’ve always known myself to be. A blink later – actually, about 5 hours later – I opened my eyes to my new body, with enough attachments that I felt like an octopus trapped on land. My chest was covered with an activated charcoal dressing…

Bye Boobs – Part 1

5 days ago, my breasts were surgically removed. This is known as a double or bilateral mastectomy. I reached remission about 8 weeks ago after undergoing an oncoplastic reduction. My surgery included removal of the tumor (aka partial mastectomy or lumpectomy), sentinel lymph node dissection and a bilateral breast reduction. Oh, I also had an…