Writing My Way Back From Cancer

The phrase I heard most often when undergoing the legion of diagnostic tests to determine if the lump I had found in my right breast was cancerous or not was “don’t worry — it’s probably nothing.”

At the time, it was received in the same spirit in which it was offered; a bit of over-confident reassurance when no other words can express how we truly feel—which is scared to death.

But because it was offered by nurses who clearly saw rather a lot of women for whom the “nothing” turned out to be “something,” and because I was pretty sure I was one of those women, I never took it at face value.

Once it turned out that I was right, and my “nothing” turned into “cancer” all of

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