Carolyn Choate

Carolyn Choate recently retired from the TV production industry to write full-time. Diagnosed at 45 with stage 3 estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer in 2003, she underwent two radical mastectomies - in 2003 and 2012 - without reconstruction. Carolyn credits Angela Brodie, Ph.D., and her discovery of the aromatase inhibitor, for saving her life and those of millions of women globally. In the summer of 2017, Carolyn and her older daughter kayaked from New Hampshire to Baltimore in tribute to Dr. Brodie. When not informing others about Dr. Brodie and the "living flat" movement, Carolyn enjoys gardening, cooking and RVing with her family and dog.

Ground Control to Dad

June 18, 2018

I’m writing to say how much I missed you this Father’s Day. It’s hard to believe that it’s been eight years since I told you how much you mean to me in person. And to think you were so worried about my breast cancer recurring; the thought that your only child and mother of your granddaughters might suffer a long and painful death – as did your own mother – before you died yourself.

I've Gone to a Garden Party (And I Never Want to Leaf)

June 13, 2018

You may have noticed I haven’t posted a blog lately. It could only mean one of two things: I ran out of things to say or, it’s gardening season. As my family is sure to attest, the former is impossible.

Finally Becoming a 'Model Citizen'

May 23, 2018

I was the only flat-chested model among the group of fellow survivors of all types of cancers, as well as loved ones modeling in tribute to loved ones who succumbed to the disease.

Healing Waters: Reflecting on the Lessons of Survivorship

April 30, 2018

When I contemplate this latest benchmark in my life, my 15th year surviving stage 3b breast cancer, I confess there are times when I feel like it was just yesterday the Trickster Coyote – the Native American mythical creature of evil and bad omen – blindsided me, bent on taking me down in the one sacred place I felt I could take refuge from the world: my home.