Sexy Scars Redefine Perfect. A Photoshoot by Ella Photography

April 13, 2014

Long dark hair that waves perfectly at the tips.  A tight stomach and small waist that make any outfit look great. Soft golden skin that glows from miles away. Does that sound perfect to you? Well these were the things that made me feel sexy, but things changed very quickly as soon as I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After 16 rounds of chemotherapy and the removal of my entire left breast, my body went through one hell of a beating. I ...

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Look Good Feel Better Workshop

April 10, 2014

Thursday, April 10th 2014. Last week, a volunteer from Hope & Cope called me to say that there was one more spot available for the upcoming Look Good Feel Better workshop for women with cancer. I was a bit hesitant at first, thinking… I’m already done chemotherapy, my hair is growing back great, what could I possibly need to know now? But as always, I thought of my readers and how this could be helpful for them, so why not attend! ...

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Nalie’s New Shop

April 6, 2014

Oh yes you read right! Today I reveal a secret project that I have been working on for the past few weeks... my very own online shop! What else is a 25 year old unemployed breast cancer warrior with a tissue expander waiting on radiation supposed to do...? I was inspired by the many emails and comments received from people asking where to find all the hats or t-shirts I wear and the products that I use to battle breast cancer. Some were ...

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The Mean Green Cancer Fighting Machine

March 26, 2014

Wednesday March 26th 2014 Chemo is complete, surgery was a success and I am currently waiting to start radiation… So in the mean time, I decided to do my own treatment: Juicing! I’ve been juicing regularly since my friends bought me the Breville Juice Fountain Plus juicer when I was newly diagnosed with breast cancer. But during treatments, my dad and aunt would make my juices since I was too weak to do it myself… Now that I’m ...

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Did you know you have to flush your port-a-cath?

March 20, 2014

 Thursday, March 20th 2014. Today I was back at the Oncology department to meet Dr. Panasci. I hadn’t seen him since my last chemotherapy. So much has changed since then: New hair, new boobs and a whole lot of energy! He just did a quick check up, questioned me about my mastectomy and asked when I was to start radiation. I told him my consultation was supposed to be today, BUT the lady called me to postpone it to the 28th because the ...

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First Sushi, First Drink! It’s Time to Celebrate

March 18, 2014

Saturday, March 15th 2014 Sushi & Drinks… Wine & Dine… Two of my favorite indulgences that I sacrificed the moment I was diagnosed with breast cancer. With chemotherapy in your system, doctors suggest that you do not eat any raw food because your suppressed immune system is too weak to handle the bacteria making you susceptible to illnesses. Of course, fresh sashimi and salmon tartars happen to be my favorite food… and if ...

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Lymph Node Surgery & Radiation. The Final Verdict

March 11, 2014

Tuesday, March 11th 2014. On Wednesday morning, Doctor Boileau woke me up with the Tumor Board’s decision. He said, “It was a no brainer! We all agreed that extra lymph node surgery is not necessary!” I jumped right out of bed in excitement! He explained that it is very unlikely that my other nodes are affected if only 1 out the 7 sentinel lymph nodes were. Radiation should be sufficient to eliminate any remaining cancer cells... And ...

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Early Biopsy Results: Bittersweet Feelings

March 3, 2014

Monday, March 3rd 2014 Last Friday, I received a call from Antonietta, Dr. Boileau’s assistant. She asked me if it was okay to move Friday, March 14th’s appointment to Monday March 3rd. I said, “Yes, no problem!” but asked,  “Wasn’t that the appointment where I receive my biopsy results? Does that mean the pathology report is already in?” She took a moment to verify and a few seconds later replied, “Yes! The results are ...

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Life with Jackson Pratt Drains

February 25, 2014

Tuesday, February 18 2014 Only 5 days after my surgery, I had to return to the hospital to follow up with my plastic surgeon Dr. D. He wanted to make sure that there wasn’t any infection and that I was healing well. Still very sore and weak, I sat in the waiting room in pain. Finally called into the clinic an hour later, Dr. D walks in and removes my bandages for the first time. Taking a close look at my breasts he says, “Wow, these ...

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Drains & Pains. The Recovery

February 14, 2014

Friday, February 14th  2014 It was around 7pm when the nurse said it was time to pee. “What if I don’t have to go?” I asked. “Well, you’re going to have to try!” she said. It was my first time even attempting to sit up. Completely unaware of how disabled I was, I gave it a shot by simply lifting up my torso. My eyes widened, shocked at how much pain took over my chest. “Take it slowly”, the nurse suggested. She inclined my ...

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