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.


Durable Medical Equipment?

May 17, 2018

The first time I heard that term I didn't know what they were talking about. Even now my brain goes a little bit crazy when that term is applied to lingerie.

A Little Bit of Lymphedema

April 26, 2018

Although I was aware of lymphedema, it wasn't really something on my radar screen, until I heard those words.

Biopsy? Whaddaya Mean I Need a Biopsy?

April 02, 2018

A cancer survivor's visit to the dentist turns into a medical issue.

Of Course I Remember the Date of My Mastectomy

March 09, 2018

To most of the world, the day I had a mastectomy was just another day. But to me, it was the start of so many changes in my life.

Hair Loss from Chemotherapy

December 04, 2017

During cancer treatment, patients lose a lot of things, but one thing that’s constantly noticed is hair loss.

Would You Consider Being in a Cancer Clinical Trial?

November 02, 2017

When my oncologist asked me if I would consider being in a clinical trial, my answer was immediate.

To Prosthesis or Not to Prosthesis

October 20, 2017

Prosthesis is another word added to my cancer vocabulary.

Thoughts on Chemo Brain

October 09, 2017

Chemo brain is one of the many side effects of chemotherapy that can affect us. If you have it, you may not even notice that you have it at first.

Pinktober Musings

September 28, 2017

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so be prepared to see pink everywhere you turn.

The "C" Word and Work

September 19, 2017

At one time, the word “cancer” was only whispered and never spoken out loud. Times change, but sometimes it’s hard to let those you work with know that you have/had cancer.

Mastectomy Anniversary and What I've Learned

August 07, 2017

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.

Painkillers for Cancer-Related Pain

July 20, 2017

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.

I’m Not Waiting for Cancer's Return

July 07, 2017

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.

Did Cancer Make Me Feel Like a Beached Whale?

June 23, 2017

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?

Cancer Support system? What support system?

May 24, 2017

No man is an island, but sometimes our interdependency isn’t clear.

Neuropathy and Me

May 12, 2017

Neuropathy is a side effect of some cancer drugs, but what does it mean to have neuropathy?

After Cancer, Less is More

April 27, 2017

We are all so busy, busy, busy with our lives until cancer slows us down, at least temporarily.

Cancer Survivor: What's in a Name?

April 13, 2017

Sometimes I’m referred to as a cancer "survivor," but I just don’t see myself as such.

Exercise and Cancer Treatment-Related Fatigue

March 31, 2017

Some patients experience fatigue as a side effect of cancer treatment. And for some of us, fatigue lingers on and on and on.

Fearless After Cancer

March 16, 2017

You readily see the physical changes caused by cancer, but what goes on in your mind is just as noteworthy.

Dieting for Cancer

February 17, 2017

After indulging a bit too much over the holidays, it's time to get back to the real world.

Pounds vs. Inches: Does Cancer Care?

January 27, 2017

Sometimes I lose weight and sometimes I lose inches, but does it matter?

December Is a Deadly Month

December 21, 2016