About this blog

I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) at the age of 32. I decided to blog now because at times, I find survivorship to be more challenging than the actual cancer treatments. This blog is my outlet, and hopefully, I will hear some of your perspectives too.

I am not following any chronology.

Why “the small c?”

To keep it simple: I hate the phrase “the big c.”

I’m not saying cancer isn’t a serious challenge. It is – all stages of cancer. I am not disregarding the efforts and sacrifices of those who have physically and mentally dealt with this disease by calling my blog “the small c.” I just choose to define this situation the way I want to for me.

There is a lot I dislike about the culture in cancerland and I write about those topics too.



Disclaimer: This website is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or services to readers. This site and its linkages to other sites provide personal reflections and general information for educational purposes only. The information provided in this site, or through linkages to other sites, is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in place of a consultation with your physician or other healthcare provider. The author of this blog is not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis, or any other information, services, or product you obtain through this site.

10 Responses to About this blog

  1. just writing to ask how you are doing nowadays. I hope you are feeling better 🙂

  2. I just wanted to send you a note to tell you I love your blog and I enjoy reading your posts. I relate in so many ways as a fellow survivor. You are my inspiration as I learn my way through my new blog.

  3. thesmallc says:

    Michelle, thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to read about my story. I am glad we’ve found each other – although I am not happy about our circumstances. I am looking forward to learning more about your experiences. xoxo

  4. Hi Rebecca, I thought I would nominate you for another award (Sunshine Blogger Award https://lifeasiinterpret.wordpress.com/2015/08/13/sunshine-blogger-award/). cheers! 🙂

  5. Carla Burke says:

    I have an almost identical diagnosis as you, so it’s interesting to me how different our treatment was. I had no chemo or radiation but was prescribed Tamoxifen for 10 years.

    • thesmallc says:

      That’s interesting. There were many factors on my pathology report that contributed to those decisions — such as my cells being grade 3, having lymphvascular invasion (apparently I had a skilled tumor which didn’t need my nodes to travel), my age also played a role. I am also doing 10 years of Tamoxifen.

  6. bethgainer says:

    Hi Rebeca,

    I’m glad to see you took up Nancy’s challenge. It’s so interesting to find out about each other. Feel free to take your time easing back into blogging. I’ve had long periods of time when I didn’t blog for various complex reasons, but I’ve managed to come back. You are an awesome blogger!! And you are right about a cancer diagnosis causing a huge change. How could it not?

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