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When They Told Me I Had to Have Chemo

Before I became a cancer patient, everything I knew of cancer I had learned in the movies.

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What I Wish I'd Known at the Beginning

Everyone’s pattern is a little different. Wait to see what yours is before you make a lot of plans.

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Getting Ready for Chemo

Chemo isn't the same for everyone, but that doesn’t mean it won’t help to prepare. Here's what helped me.

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Cancer and Identity

Your diagnosis doesn’t define you, and how you choose to talk about it is totally up to you.

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Side Effects: Learn From My Mistake

If you’re suffering during chemo, you need to tell your doctors. Now is not the time to be stoic. Now is the time to complain when you’re hurting.

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Dealing With Everyone Else

Crises have a way of bringing out the best and worst in people, and cancer is no different.

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How to Make Friends With Food

Cooking during chemo was a big challenge for me. I wanted to do just about anything rather than eat. Here are some things that worked for me.

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My Brain On Chemo

When I tried to read something, by the time I got to the last sentence in a paragraph, I could not remember what I had read in the first sentence.



Heather Millar

Heather Millar


Heather Millar is an award-winning freelance writer and author. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and has written extensively about her treatment and recovery, as well as the science, history, and ethics of the disease.