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Pink Ink: Julie’s Celtic Knot

I met Julie and her mom, Marylucia, at the Komen Puget Sound Grace Notes auction in March. Both of them are breast cancer survivors. Julie’s cousin Titus McKnight is a tattoo artist in St. Paul, MN. He designed this beautiful tattoo beautifully incorporating a pink ribbon into the Celtic knot. I love how her dress […]

Seattle Parks Has Opportunity to Change Mastectomy Stigma

Last week the Seattle Parks Department made the right move with a policy exception allowing Jodi Jaecks, who had a double-mastectomy, to swim without a top. Jodi wanted to regain fitness post-treatment, and tight clothing irritates her scars and recovering nerves. Her argument that she didn’t have breasts or nipples, the body parts that required […]

Bye Bye Beta Blocker!

I’ve been taking a beta blocker (metoprolol) since the blood clot was discovered in my heart last year. In a nutshell,  the medication helps reduce heart problems by relaxing blood vessels and slowing the heart rate, which improves blood flow and decreases blood pressure. While that’s a good thing for a cardiac patient, I also […]

Pink Ink: A Ribbon & Cross Tattoo for Mom

Sunday’s Race for the Cure was overcast, but warm enough for a few people to go sleeveless. I spotted Richie and his friends after the finish line and asked if I could snap a photo of his pink ribbon tattoo. Richie raced in memory of his mom, Trudy, and his grandmother, Gertie. His family lost […]

Race for the Cure: More than Komen, It’s Our Community

I signed up for my first Seattle Race for the Cure in 1996 and was so moved by the experience I began a relationship with the Komen Puget Sound Affiliate that has spanned more than 15 years. At that first race, the only breast cancer survivor I knew was my grandmother. Since then, my mother […]

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