WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Two cancer survivors put me at ease. One shared that in her experi- ence, "Cancer gets easier once you make peace with it." The other, a friend who had survived breast cancer, three times, gently said, "Lisa, you were diagnosed with cancer. That's enough. Besides, people are not here for the cancer, they want to be here for you." * * * When you have your presurgery MRI, you hope that the contrast dye injected into your body doesn't reveal additional cancer sites. This week I had cancer, was cancelling business trips for doctor visits, and was flummoxed by the decisions in front of me. Mastectomy or lumpectomy? Four or six weeks of radiation? And what about hor- mone therapy? What would it be like to have the estrogen sucked out of my system all at once? On top of it all, it was Breast Cancer Awareness month; pink-ribbons reminding me of my diagnosis were everywhere. My plan also didn't include the incredible outpouring of support and concern from friends and family. Somehow I imagined that since this was no big deal, we'd just handle Isis on our own. When beautiful flowers, homemade meals, and favorite books began arriving at our door, we were deeply comforted, knowing that we were not traveling this journey alone. However, this kindness also made my cancer very real. While we had met with multiple doctors, at that point I didn't feel sick and hadn't started treatment. I didn't fully appreciate what was in front of us. New to cancer, I also wasn't sure if I had "enough cancer" to warrant this attention. W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 5 104 This October Think Before You Pink Where does the money go for pink-ribbon products? To determine if a given initiative is really pink, Think Before You PinkĀ® (thinkbeforey- oupink.org), a project of Breast Cancer Action, offers the following questions: n Does any money from this purchase go to support breast cancer programs? How much? n What organization will get the money? What will they do with the funds, and how do these programs turn the tide of the breast cancer epidemic? n Is there a "cap" on the amount the company will donate? Has this maximum donation already been met? Can you tell? n Does this purchase put you or someone you love at risk for exposure to toxins linked to breast cancer? What is the company doing to ensure that its products are not contributing to the breast cancer epidemic? You can also investigate cancer organizations/programs on Charity Navigator, which rates charities on their financial health and organiza- tional efficiency.

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