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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 […]

Me and My Heart: Lessons Learned as a Cardiac Patient

One year ago today I learned I had a blood clot in my coronary artery. You don’t go through a medical adventure like this unchanged, and as I reflected on the past 12 months I thought about what I’ve learned. Know, trust and take care of your body. I’ve always been pretty in tune with […]

Occupy Komen? Unclear Objectives for Gala Protest

Anyone who’s followed the Komen and Planned Parenthood-related SLOG posts knows The Stranger hasn’t been a big fan of the organization, at one point calling for readers to picket the Komen Puget Sound Affiliate‘s gala auction on March 3. So when a link to today’s post “Occupy Seattle to Protest Breast Cancer Fundraiser Tomorrow” appeared […]

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