July 20, 2017

So… You didn’t get a mammogram in the last 12 months?

  By Pat Durmon If you feel something is not quite right, trust that you know your body. Become proactive. I don’t like mammograms. I mean that. No fun, and you have to put your pride away, wear no deodorant, strip from the waist up, and submit breasts to an ice-cold machine for mammo-squeezes. So Read More

To Your Health! The 7 Different Types of Breast Cancer

By Corinne Hiser, ANP Breast cancer is a universal term to describe several different cancers that form in and around the breasts. Breast cancer types are generally categorized based on where the illness begins, most often in the ducts or lobules, the parts of the female anatomy responsible for producing breast milk. About 226,870 new Read More

Bonnie Fischer Finds Her Own Mother’s Breast Cancer in BRMC’s New MMU

Story and photographs by  Deb Peterson “I always prayed, “Take me any time or any way, but not by cancer,” says Charlotte Fredericks, 85, of Mountain Home. When her annual mammogram last March showed a small shadow, she went home, sat in her easy chair, and started sorting through her things. “I was throwing this, Read More

Catherine Sawyer: Blonde, Brunette, Beautiful

Story by Deb Peterson | Photographed by Clint Sawyer Catherine Sawyer has been as surprised as everyone around her at the changing color of her hair. She’s been blonde, brunette, and auburn—in addition to being bald!—as a result of chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer. “I definitely don’t see myself as a blonde,” Catherine says. “I Read More

Mini-Profile: Breast Cancer Survivor Jan Price

In July of 2010, Mountain Home’s Jan Price was diagnosed with breast cancer. She knew that meant she would lose her hair. “I chose hats, because wigs are hot, and working at our store, Shady Grove Country Store, I knew wigs would absorb grease from the grill,” Jan says. She ordered plain hats, hats with Read More

Mini-Profile: Breast Cancer Survivor Katy Tessman Stanoch

Katy Tessman Stanoch of Minnetonka, Minn. was diagnosed with breast cancer after her first mammogram. On her 40th birthday, she had a double mastectomy. When Katy’s hair fell out “like dry leaves,” her mom shaved it off. Katy’s husband Dave celebrated with her on Valentine’s Day 2009, below, and their son, Louis, wrote this haiku Read More

To Your Health! Hair Loss During Chemotherapy

By Corinne Hiser Hair loss from chemotherapy or radiation therapy is a possible and very unwelcomed side effect. These therapies target all rapidly dividing cells—healthy cells as well as cancer cells. Hair follicles are some of the fastest-growing cells in the body and divide every 23–72 hours. Within several days to a few weeks, you Read More