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Barbara Carlos

In July 2011 Barbara Carlos was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. A resident of Hawaii, she works in administrative support at a college and has retirement as her career goal. Music keeps her sane, as side effects of chemo and radiation linger. Overweight since childhood, she keeps trying to lose the estrogen-laden fat that her cancer loves.
These are just some of the things that have changed in my life since my mastectomy. Maybe they are things that I have chosen to change.
August 06, 2017
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For years, the news has been full of stories about opioid addiction. I am just glad that painkillers that actually killed the pain were available when I needed them.
July 19, 2017
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For many who have been through the experience, whether you call it a return, recurrence or anything else, it’s something they lay awake at night thinking about, and worrying about.
July 07, 2017
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Whenever I exercise, I seem not to know what I am doing. Is it lack of coordination or is it too much attention to movement?
June 22, 2017
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No man is an island, but sometimes our interdependency isn’t clear.
May 23, 2017
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Neuropathy is a side effect of some cancer drugs, but what does it mean to have neuropathy?
May 11, 2017
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We are all so busy, busy, busy with our lives until cancer slows us down, at least temporarily.
April 26, 2017
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Sometimes I’m referred to as a cancer "survivor," but I just don’t see myself as such.
April 13, 2017
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