My Story About Marriage and Life with MBC My Story About Marriage and Life with MBC
My husband and I celebrated 5 years of marriage during the same week that I was diagnosed with breast cancer. We had been with each other for nearly a decade at that point, and our lives together had in no way been smooth sailing.We first met about a year after college, after we both moved from California to New York in pursuit of other relationships. After some time, those relationships fizzled o
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4 Tips in My MBC Tool Kit 4 Tips in My MBC Tool Kit
In November 2017, I received a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer (MBC). Within the same week, my son turned 2 years old, and my husband and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. Plus, we’d just purchased our first house and made the move from the strenuous New York City life into the bucolic New York suburbs.Prior to my diagnosis, I worked as an elder law attorney in New York City and
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To All the Moms of Newborns: Don't Forget You're Newly Born Too To All the Moms of Newborns: Don't Forget You're Newly Born Too
I sat outside on our deck, slowly sipping the tea that someone had recommended to help me dry up my breast milk. It had been a long, hard few weeks since we brought our youngest daughter home from the hospital after her NICU stay. I was feeling defeated on pretty much every level. This was my fifth baby and, in my mind, I should have had this whole parenting thing down by now, right? But instead,
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13 Thoughts You Only Have When You Have a Newborn 13 Thoughts You Only Have When You Have a Newborn
Seven weeks ago, I had a baby. I had a baby after a 5-year gap of having babies, so needless to say, I’ve been out of the game for a while.It’s been 5 whole years since I haven’t slept through the night, 5 years since I had teeny-tiny diapers in my house, 5 years since I remembered what it’s like to try to eat a meal with only one hand and someone crying in your ear. It’s been a long tim
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Soap Pregnancy Test: How It Works, Positives, Accuracy, More Soap Pregnancy Test: How It Works, Positives, Accuracy, More
If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works.Whether you’ve been trying to conceive for a while or you’re new to this and just felt a suspicious wave of nausea (morning sickness, perhaps?), there are lots of reasons why you might want to know — right now — if you’re pregnant. You head to the bathroom medicine cabinet only to realize you
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To My Children: You Have Made Me Better To My Children: You Have Made Me Better
I know what they say: It’s my job, as your mother, to ensure that you all grow to be kind, decent human beings. It’s my job to teach you things — like how to say “thank you,” and to hold doors for others, and to work hard and save your money. It’s my job to make you better people. To raise you to be part of a generation that will do better than the one before it, and make the world i
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10 Best CBD Lotions, Creams, and Topicals 10 Best CBD Lotions, Creams, and Topicals
If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works.There are lots of ways to use cannabidiol (CBD), but if you’re looking for relief from aches and pains or help with skin conditions, a topical might be your best bet. A CBD topical is any cream, lotion, or salve that’s infused with CBD and can be applied directly to the skin.While research on CBD i
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The Resource Guide New Parents Should Keep in Their Back Pocket The Resource Guide New Parents Should Keep in Their Back Pocket
If you’re expecting a new addition to the family, you’ve probably already received plenty of cute stuff for your baby. But I’m going to give you something else: the gift of information.I know, I know. It’s not nearly as fun as swaddle blankets and keepsake photo frames. But trust me. After the baby arrives, sh*t gets real. You never know — whether it’s your first or fourth — what par
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Best Baby Bottles of 2019: For Colic, Breastfed, Preemies, More Best Baby Bottles of 2019: For Colic, Breastfed, Preemies, More
If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works.Even if you’re a minimalist when it comes to baby gear (and let’s face it — the amount of baby gear you can accumulate is staggering), a baby bottle is one of the must-haves for many parents. It’s right up there with diapers (unless you’re bravely trying elimination communication).Whether you
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7 Subtle Signs Your Trauma Response Is People-Pleasing 7 Subtle Signs Your Trauma Response Is People-Pleasing
Recently, I wrote about the fourth type of trauma response — not fight, flight, or even freeze, but fawn.The term was first coined by therapist and survivor Pete Walker, who wrote about it in his groundbreaking book “Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving.” And let me tell you, as a concept, it thoroughly changed the game for me.In a nutshell, “fawning” is the use of people-pleasing to
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