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Podcast:  Lobular Breast Cancer

Hosted by the DiepC Foundation

How Researchers, Clinicians and Patient Advocates Can Accelerate Lobular Breast Cancer Research


Komen Scholar Leigh Pate Is Helping to Increase Awareness and Advance Research of Lobular Breast Cancer

The Komen Blog: Jan 12, 2022


Behind the Breakthroughs: Advancing Our Understanding of Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer

By BCRF | September 17, 2021


Research collaborations, patient advocates push to explore ‘sneaky,’ understudied subtype’s standing as a distinct disease



Behind the Curtain


published by the American Journal of Nursing

“I just want to hang on long enough for my son to get through college.  Another five years.  Then I might terminate things early.”  A white curtain separated me from the gentleman in the next chemotherapy bay.  He was just finishing his treatment for the day …  (Full article .pdf)


Marathons: Coming to Terms with Post-Cancer Reality

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“I’m signing up for a half marathon this spring. Who’s with me?”  My heart sank as I read this on my young friend’s Facebook page — a friend still in the early stages of breast cancer treatment with months of surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation ahead of her. I recognized this trap…  (Full article)


A Cycling Odyssey Through India

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The road turned sharply left and angled steeply up. I watched it disappear into the trees and then finally reappear as a tiny line up the mountainside.  So this must be the start of the “significant climb” they had mentioned in the ride briefing the night before. Switchbacks. My bicycle was already out of gears after ascending to the base of the “significant climb”. There were no more low gears to make it easier – it would be a matter of getting up the mountain with what I had… (full article)


Pate: Borrow-a-Bike helps riders fund cancer research, heal

published by the Seattle Bike Blog
“Just six weeks ago my father rode a hundred miles. He was so strong — at age 67 his younger friends couldn’t keep up with him,” said Claire Reinert of Seattle.  “A few days ago he just got his second round of chemo for pancreatic cancer. It just came out of the blue. He was signed up to ride the hundred-mile Obliteride route. This ride meant a lot to him. Now I’m riding in his place.” … (full article)

Ballard cancer survivor riding in Obliteride for better treatments and cures

published by the Ballard News-Tribune and Westside Seattle

“We don’t know …”  A cancer patient hears these words too many times during their treatment. “We don’t know what caused it. We don’t know if this treatment will work. We don’t know if your cancer will come back. We don’t know how this treatment will damage your body.” Patients and their families learn all too quickly how much is still unknown about cancer, even after decades of research trying to unravel this complicated disease. … (full article)

Transformations:  Embracing Baldness During Cancer

published by

I watched the warm water rinse away the long hair that clung between my fingers and wrapped around my hands and wrists. I ran my hands through hair and rinsed away the hair again. And again. And again. It was time … (full article)


Cycling the Yakima Basin Scenic Byway

published by the Yakima Basin Conservation Campaign
The laughter and happy chatter rolled up the canyon walls. I looked down below at the black inner tubes that held reclining, bathing suit clad families and teens as they floated and flirted down the Yakima River curving below. I was navigating the canyon on a more sweat-inducing bicycle  … (full article)