Author Archives: thesmallc

About thesmallc

I'm Rebeca. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32. But there's more to my story: I am an animal lover. I love to cook. I have a wonderful fiancé who doesn't mind walking my rocky path with me. We currently live in New York. ---------------------------------------- “Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'.” ― Viktor E. Frankl

It’s not about you

I am going to write about a topic that’s just bizarre to me. It has to do with people who make your cancer all about themselves. It’s a tricky topic to talk about because, as someone advised me, I could … Continue reading

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A message from the real world

It happened again. I should have known better than to expose myself to online messages that can only lead to disappointment and distress. Tip – when you decide to take a mental break, I advise that you take a break … Continue reading

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Gratitude and Outrage

I’ve been dealing with all kinds of issues and emotions the last few months, which is one of the reasons I haven’t been very active on my blog. There has been too much occupying my attention — thinking about the … Continue reading

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A Story for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is approaching, and as usual I’m thinking of my grandma/mama, who raised me — wishing she was here. As some of you know, I’ve been writing memoirs about my childhood, and my grandma is always an important part … Continue reading

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Mammograms: Always on trial

You’d think I’d be used to it by now. That I wouldn’t feel a need to write about it after all this time. But this isn’t the case. And I am not too sure it’s any other survivor’s case either. … Continue reading

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The Tamoxifen Show: Today’s episode: A dramatic uterus

Recently, I shared my experience of jumping through hoops to get my pharmacy to order me the Teva brand of Tamoxifen – the brand I’ve been tolerating well so far (click here to read the story). As I’ve discussed, fortunately, … Continue reading

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They said it would be the easiest part

At first, the most annoying thing about radiation was having to be at my hospital everyday for 21 consecutive days. The burns caused by the radiation were not pleasant, but skin heals. I have to say though that, emotionally, radiation … Continue reading

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Tamoxifen Detective: How I got my Teva back

Last year, I shared the story of how I was given a different brand of my Tamoxifen at the pharmacy. It was made by Mylan instead of Teva, the brand that I’ve been in a long relationship with (click here … Continue reading

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