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WHO IS THIS "COOL GIRL"?



30 years ago, a few weeks after her 40th birthday, my mother was diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer and underwent a modified radical mastectomy followed by aggressive chemotherapy. Five weeks after my own 40th birthday, I was diagnosed with multifocal, multicentric DCIS with microinvasions in my right breast; a mastectomy was the only option. Although I tested negative for the BRCA gene mutation, the uncanny timing between my mother and me made me think that researchers simply had not yet identified other mutations. Since I did not want to live with the possibility that something else, possibly worse, was loitering in the background, I opted to have a bilateral mastectomy and be done with it.

I studied functional apparel design at Cornell University and have worked in fashion as a designer since 1994. I am also an adjunct professor at F.I.T. and teach knitwear. I love running, writing, animals, decorating, debating politics, striped t-shirts, potato chips, and of course fashion.

This blog is for all the cool, stylish, young women out there (and those who are young-at-heart!) with most things not checked-off their bucket lists and who have always marched to the beat of their own drum. I also hope this blog will be helpful to those of you who have wives, girlfriends, mothers, sisters, daughters, or friends who are Cool Girls With Cancer.

Once I knew what I was dealing with, I went online to research all kinds of things. While there were a ton of personal journey-type blogs which documented diagnoses, progress, and courses of treatment I found it nearly impossible to find answers to all the crazy, obscure questions I had like how to put on a shirt or strategic ways of sleeping. I decided to fill a void and provide practical advice that is often overlooked as well as inform you of cool clothing, products, and cancer-related issues I think are useful or important.

Everyone's cancer story is unique but my goal is to present a broad spectrum of experiences and useful information. Of course, I am not a doctor or a medical professional so if you think something I have written is incorrect, please email me so I can update or change it.

Thanks for stopping by and as my grandmother used to say: may you enjoy everything in good health!