A Special Thank You

In Breast Cancer, Creating Happiness by Barbara Jacoby

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE MEMBERS OF THE CRESPI HIGH SCHOOL MALE LACROSSE TEAM You don’t know me but you are my heroes. And if you are wondering why, I will tell you. I know about your great efforts to walk and to raise money for the “Walk Like A Man” Walk-a-thon for Breast Cancer Testing and Research. I know …

Walk Like A Man Walkathon

In Breast Cancer, Creating Happiness by Barbara Jacoby

A high school’s men’s lacrosse team is walking to raise money for breast cancer research and testing. Inspired by the team’s coach, Jonathan Oswaks, the Crespi High School team located in Encino, CA is walking the equivalent of a round trip from Los Angeles to New York where the team will match up with 3 Long Island lacrosse teams in …

My Support System

In Breast Cancer, Creating Happiness by Barbara Jacoby

I stopped by the office of one of my colleagues last week to see how she was doing. Monica is a wonderful person who is married, has 3 young children and she is also taking care of her parents who live in her home. Her father is a diabetic who is receiving dialysis several times a week and whose health …

A New Beginning

In Breast Cancer, Creating Happiness by Barbara Jacoby

So I had my surgery on Tuesday and everything went well.  I have tried to stay focused on all of the positive things in my life but I think that all of the stress of two rounds of cancer and three surgeries and the loss of my brother in a little more than a year began to catch up with …

Appreciating My Great Fortune

In Breast Cancer, Creating Happiness by Barbara Jacoby

As I sat here tonight contemplating the first round of my reconstruction surgery on Tuesday, I couldn’t help but realize how fortunate I am to be in this situation.  I have survived two rounds of breast cancer and cannot believe that I have had such wonderful medical personnel with which to work that have provided me with the best of …

My Own Stand Up to Cancer

In Breast Cancer, Creating Happiness by Barbara Jacoby

Last weekend, the three major television networks staged a major fundraiser for cancer research and raised more than $100 million.  What an awesome outcome!  That got me thinking about what I might be able to do to help others since I don’t have great financial resources and decided that my role would be a little different.  I want to be …

Another Wonderful Day Too

In Breast Cancer, Creating Happiness by Barbara Jacoby

Today was my first doctor’s appointment since my double mastectomy 12 days ago and I was so delighted to have both drain tubes removed along with all of the bandages.  I am so pleased that the healing has proceeded so well and I am now going to be released to return to work on Monday, just 2 ½ weeks after …

Another Wonderful Day

In Breast Cancer, Creating Happiness by Barbara Jacoby

Yahoo!!!  With the awesome talents of an internist, a cancer surgeon, a cosmetic surgeon and an anesthesiologist, the blood pressure situation was managed so that my double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery were successfully completed last Thursday and recovery is well under way.  I feel so fortunate to have had such skilled medical people there to remove the cancer, to take …