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.