Anything Is Possible: Mina Greenfield

Breast cancer survivor, Mina Greenfield, shares her best tips and advice for keeping your lashes and brows during chemotherapy.

Mina was still in the thick of treatment last year when she shared her breast cancer experience. I’ll never forgot the quote we used for her post. It was “Entertain the maybes” and I believe that philosophy should be applied to everyone’s life – cancer or not. Read on for the advice she’s sharing this year.


Mina Greenfield

Read Mina’s 2013 submission here.


I completed chemo in November of 2013. I had a month “off” (I went to NYC with my unimpaired immune system!) and completed radiation on February 21, 2014 (my mother’s birthday!). I’m now on Tamoxifen, but back to my “normal” energy level with a full head of hair.  


Only one? Can I share two?
1. Acupuncture – it helped greatly with the side effects of chemo and radiation.
2. Brian Joseph’s Lash and Brow gel. It’s pricey, but it kept my eyebrows and eyelashes (hanging on by a thread) mostly intact until the end of chemo.  


I ran my first 5K two months after completing treatment.  

Mina writes at Cocktails and Chemo.

Breast cancer survivor, Mina Greenfield, shares her best tips and advice for keeping your lashes and brows during chemotherapy.


Photo Source: “I C U” by Walt Stoneburner is licensed under CC BY 2.0 / Text added to original

Personal photo courtesy of Mina Greenfield.

Model of Courage: Tracie Benjamin


Tracie made a splash all over the internet and national TV last year after her boyfriend proposed on live television from the Susan G. Komen walk in Portland, Oregon. That video clip went viral and she and Ryan appeared on Portland’s local news, the front page of Yahoo! and The Rachel Ray Show. She updates us on her health and what project she’s been working on. NAME Tracie Benjamin Read Tracie’s 2013 submission here. GIVE US AN UPDATE ON YOUR HEALTH I am {Read More}

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Juggling It All: Judy Schwartz Haley


Judy is a writer and photographer, and she shares stories of parenting, living with cancer, and embracing every moment of life on her blog, CoffeeJitters.Net. She lives in Seattle with her husband and 5-year-old daughter, whom they just launched into the amazing world that is Kindergarten. NAME Judy Schwartz Haley HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE YOU WERE DIAGNOSED? Diagnosed 3/10/2010 ER/PR-, HER2+, with Paget Disease of the breast Stage 3  HOW DID YOU FIND OUT? I was having trouble {Read More}

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New Beginnings: Mollie West


Mollie and I met several years ago and we quickly discovered we had two things in common: blogging and breast cancer. While she has never been diagnosed with breast cancer, both her grandmother and mother died from the disease. Mollie learned she carried the BRCA1 gene mutation and made the decision to undergo a prophylactic double mastectomy in 2013. She has shared two incredible and very personal experiences here on the blog. Today she updates us. NAME Mollie West Read Mollie’s 2013 {Read More}

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Everyday Beautiful: Holly Bertone


Holly Bertone is an author and breast cancer advocate. She is the President and CEO of Pink Fortitude, LLC, a company dedicated to promoting inspiration and positive self esteem to cancer survivors and ALL women. Holly’s books include the heartwarming Coconut Head’s Cancer Survival Guide: My Journey from Diagnosis to “I Do,” the e-book Drops of Fortitude: Find Your Inner Strength During Cancer Treatment, and children’s book, My Mommy Has Cancer. She is a contributing editor for The Breast Cancer {Read More}

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Allow Yourself To Be Ok With Things: Karen Yao


Karen Yao is 40 years old, living in Sacramento with her husband of ten years and two boys, ages 5 and 7. An ICU Registered Nurse for 18 years, she changed paths to work in clinical informatics after her diagnosis. Married for ten years to an airline pilot, Karen and her family love to travel. Karen and I have history. We met on a message board for young women with breast cancer in late 2008. Together, with a group of 8 other women, we {Read More}

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Sometimes You’ve Got To Laugh: Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones shares her advice for living with stage IV breast cancer.

When Leslie saw her doctor about a lump in her breast in 2009 it luckily turned out to only be a cyst. It was around this same time her doctor encouraged her to undergo BRCA testing because her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 27. She eventually learned that she was a carrier of the BRCA1 gene mutation and filed that info under “Things To Take Care Later.” Not long after, she discovered another lump and convinced herself it {Read More}

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Ask and Don’t Apologize: Sarah Malin-Roodman

Sarah Malin-Roodman shares her best advice on how and why to ask for help during and after a breast cancer diagnosis.

Sarah Malin-Roodman was diagnosed with thyroid and breast cancer in the span of three years. I had forgotten how much I could relate to her circumstances until I re-read her post from last year. Both of us had new babies when we were diagnosed and both of us struggled with the loss of our fertility. Here’s an update on the amazingly strong Sarah. NAME Sarah Malin-Roodman Read Sarah’s 2013 submission here. GIVE US AN UPDATE ON YOUR HEALTH None. I am delighted {Read More}

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Changes Must Be Made: Megan Stull


Megan Stull is a thirty-six-year-old attorney for a tech company living in Arlington, Virginia. She does not have children, but is an adopted mom to her “fur baby,” a beautiful tortoiseshell cat named Kona. I also am a wife to a wonderful husband, a daughter to two amazing parents, a sibling to a wonderful sister, and an aunt to two tremendously talented children. NAME Megan Stull HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE YOU WERE DIAGNOSED? I was diagnosed at 11:00 a.m. {Read More}

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More Than Cancer: Catherine Brunelle


Catherine was diagnosed with breast cancer and treated in 2010 at the age of 27. In the summer of 2013, she and her husband set out to start a family and learned that the cancer had metastasized in her lungs. She is currently living with metastatic breast cancer. I hope to meet Catherine someday because this girl knocks my socks off. NAME Catherine Brunelle Read Catherine’s 2013 submission here. GIVE US AN UPDATE ON YOUR HEALTH My health is doing well. {Read More}

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