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Brandy W. Patient Expert

Most notably, I'm a mom of a preschooler and a kindergartner; a writer and editor and student; a wife of a very well spoken history professor; and a breast cancer survivor in my early 30's. I love to sleep. People usually find me much more interesting than I find myself.
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Is Breast Cancer Caused by a Virus? by Brandy W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Anton and I saw these short films on YouTube a couple months ago, and they blew us away. To think of the possibility that breast cancer could be caused by a virus (like HPV ... Read on »
Alive by Brandy W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer A week after we told the kids that they were getting a new sibling, Chloe asked, "Is the baby still alive?" Her innocence and concern tugged at my heart. She's thought ... Read on »
Rabbits by Brandy W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer It's soon going to be the Year of the Rabbit, which happens to be my year. Rabbits are creative, compassionate, and sensitive. And our baby girl will be the same. Yes, we a ... Read on »
Certainty by Brandy W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer I feel like I've come full circle, yet instead of the fear that paralyzed me three years ago, I am full of positive new energy, drive, hope, and love. The last time I was in ... Read on »
Universe, can you please cut me some slack? by Brandy W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer April 15, 2010 was the 2nd anniversary of my bilateral mastectomy. It was also the day that our son, Veo Hieu Liam Worrall-Soriano was born and then died. Veo had a birth ... Read on »
Ups and Downs by Brandy W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Good news: I tested negative for the BRCA-1 and -2 genetic mutations, which nixes my increased risk of ovarian cancer. However, a variant did show up on the results, but it ... Read on »
Something by Brandy W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer "I'm sure it's nothing. I'm sure it'll be okay." How many times have I said these words to myself and to those around me when it comes to cancer scares? I'm saying that n ... Read on »
Letter to a Perv Stalker from a Cancer Survivor Who Wants to Feed His Genitalia to a Cage Full of... by Brandy W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Dear Jackass Scum-eating Perv(s), Here's what I have to say to you. Assholes like you bank on the fact that oftentimes, your victims/subjects will become paralyzed with ... Read on »
Our Little Tiger (definitely not Tiger Woods though) by Brandy W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Cancer really amplifies everything in life and makes you think twice about every option. One of the hard questions that was asked during my oncologist visit was how would I ... Read on »
Eye of the Tiger by Brandy W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Sorry, world, for not posting anything in seven months. Lots has been going on. I feel as if a lifetime of stuff has been crammed into a year. On February 11th, it was a ... Read on »
Rising from the Ashes by Brandy W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer This has been a fucking wild summer. Or year. Or two years. Anyway, I just crave "normal"; I've forgotten what life without medical or legal professionals looks like. ... Read on »
A PC (post-cancer) Life by Brandy W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Today I had another six-month checkup with my oncologist. After the examination, she said I was fine. She mostly talked about my mental health, especially when I told her ab ... Read on »
Celebrity Makeover Part 1 by Brandy W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Here it is--what y'all been waiting for!  Yeah, it was kinda weird to watch myself on national tv, and in high def no less (who knew I had so many freckles? I didn't.). And ... Read on »
Black Humor Thought of the Day by Brandy W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer This image just popped into my head:  Cheryl Hickey, at my door, saying, "This whole year and a half of crap that was your life?...It was all a ploy for ET Canada's "'Celebrit ... Read on »
Starring....Me! by Brandy W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer I was a star...at least for one day.  I have to say, it was pretty sweet--probably one of the best days I've had in the last year and a half.  If life for celebrities is lik ... Read on »
Make Me Over by Brandy W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer If there's one thing I haven't been able to complain about during the past four months, it's been boredom in my life. Actually, there are a lot of things I can complain about ... Read on »
A Hallmark Moment by Brandy W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger. I hate it when cliches are so true in my life. Get this--I AM strong. I am. I will move beyond this, with compassion and ... Read on »
Being Cured by Brandy W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer It's been a weird week, with Elizabeth Edwards' story topping the headlines everyday, and then people approaching me with shock and disbelief as they hear about my own story. ... Read on »
Awesomeness by Brandy W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer I'm not going to lie--life is pretty shitty right now. But you take it like everything else in life. You will yourself to live. On the upside, I see my plastic surgeon o ... Read on »