Sinkholes, 7 Children, and Breast Cancer Survival

Today’s survivor (in the dark blue top, 2nd from right with staff members and a rep) fell into a sinkhole and saved 4 children. When she fell into the sinkhole of breast cancer, 3 children helped save her. IN HER OWN WORDS: I am a survivor in more ways than one.,,,I used to be a school bus driver. On January 16, 1996, my bus was swallowed by a sinkhole. There were 4 kids on the bus, a matron, and myself….

An Accidental Mammogram and a 2 Time Survivor

  Chance lead to this survivor’s diagnosis 16 years ago. She’s in the center with husband and office manager. IN HER OWN WORDS: My sister-in-law was scheduled for a mammography because she had just turned 40.  She was afraid to go alone so my doctor filled out a script and told me to go along with her. There was my miracle.  If it weren’t for her I would’ve never gone for the mammography that found my breast cancer at age…

A Rare Cancer for this Survivor

  I love this couple when they come to the office. I did a pretty large operation on her for a rare complication after earlier breast cancer treatment. And they haven’t stopped thanking me. The husband always takes me aside in this very serious way during her visits just to confirm for himself (man to man) that everything is really okay. The looks on their faces here says it all. And they took their own selfie. IN HER OWN WORDS:…

Flappers and Friends, Shared Experience

Today’s survivor (in the blue stripes with members of the staff) was the leader of “The Flappers.” These were self described women who had tram-flaps as a reconstructive procedure after mastectomy and met for years for dinners or lunch. I was happy as their breast surgeon to be included at some of these events along with the plastic surgeon, Dr. Jay Birnbaum, an excellent plastic surgeon who did all the “flaps.” Even women who didn’t have tram-flaps wanted to be…

Prayer, Survival, and Gratitude

The intersection of prayer, survival, and gratitude is nicely and simply expressed in this survivor’s story (on the right of my staff member ). Frequently, we hear these sentiments in this office. IN HER OWN WORDS: Five years ago I was attending Sunday mass at St. Patrick’s Church in Bay Ridge. The mass was over when a young woman stepped up to the pulpit and addressed the congregation. She told us that she had been diagnosed with cancer, had undergone…

Who Do I Tell? Where Do I Go?

Today’s survivor is pictured on the right. Imagine you are 36 years old and you haven’t given much thought at all to breast cancer and don’t know any of your friends or colleagues with it and a doctor brings you into his office and…. IN HER OWN WORDS: When I heard those four little words “you have breast cancer” from Dr. Kehoe, I was in shock and disbelief. I was 36 – much too young for breast cancer (or so…

Breast Cancer and Low Cut Dresses

This survivor’s breast cancer came at a particularly inconvenient time–a few weeks before her son’s wedding. It didn’t hold her back at all…. IN HER OWN WORDS: 16 years ago, I felt a lump in my breast. I did my mammograms religiously every year. I went to my GYN doctor who thought it could be cancerous based on the test he did but he was not sure. He sent me to a great surgeon who further did the necessary test…

Typing Your Survival Story….and Mine

  The first survivor (on the left) I am presenting is the longest survivor in my practice that I have treated. She is a thirty year survivor. She has also worked for me as my transcriptionist for over 25 years. And that is where this story becomes interesting…. IN HER OWN WORDS: I met Dr. Kehoe at the age of 36 when I returned for a six month follow-up suggested by a previous breast doctor. When the examination was over,…

Selfies With Survivors: An Introduction

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October 2017) we are honoring breast cancer survivors in our practice. To start this we asked various survivors to come into the office for a selfie with myself and/or with members of our staff or to submit a personal one with anyone of their choice. We then asked them to share with us any aspect of their experience that would be interesting or helpful to others. We are starting tomorrow to publish the photos and the…

“We Can Do It!” – World War II poster

This poster has inspired women in the United States since the 1980s, with its message of strength and its suggestion that women can succeed in a man’s world. Rolling up the sleeve of a men’s type workshirt to flex her bicep, her hair tied out of the way in the iconic red-and-white polka-dot kerchief, glaring at us through long lashes, she is both beautiful and fierce. The poster was originally commissioned by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, from graphic designer J….