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.