Feb. 9, 2023

Kristen Update: The Last of the Post-Treatment Horrors and Indignitie…

After a hard fall, Kristen breaks several ribs and at a scan to check for a ruptured implant, the radiologist sees a Skittle-sized spot near her breast implant just in time for the two year anniversary of her diagnosis. On …

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Jan. 26, 2023

Day 295: The Trauma Has Made Me Softer

Natasha adjusts to post-treatment daily life, continuing with hormone blockers and finally seeing a mental health professional. While working with less fortunate patients who don't have mittens or cold caps, Natasha looks back with gratitude on how privileged her treatment …

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Jan. 5, 2023

Day 246: Here, Have Another Biopsy

After a scan shows a 1.2 cm nodule on her thyroid, Natasha goes for a biopsy which comes back with complicated results. Not wanting any more surgery or radiation right now means there’s a difficult decision to make.

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Dec. 15, 2022

Day 203: I Still Choose to Show Up

The radiation oncologist sends Natasha to a psycho-oncologist (did you know that was a thing?) because her antidepressants aren’t working, making self-care too hard. This forces her to confront the mental health struggles caused by the abrupt end of her …

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Dec. 1, 2022

Day 175: Healthcare Nonsense and Red Tape

Natasha is given three options for radiation treatment, but it’s a challenge since everyone has been making decisions for her up to this point. She decides on three and a half weeks of radiation to the breast and the lymph …

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Nov. 17, 2022

Day 160: Cancer Free But Now What?

It’s been two weeks since Natasha’s lumpectomy and because no evidence of cancer was found during surgery, she has been declared “cancer free” by her surgeon.

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Nov. 3, 2022

Day 146: Covid Ruins Everything Again

After Natasha and friends travel to Mexico to celebrate the end of chemo, it’s her turn to catch COVID which delays her lumpectomy surgery for a week. Her nerves are shot from constant fear of the unknown.

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Oct. 27, 2022

Day 111: Covid Ruins Everything

Thanks to the incredible cold cap technology, Desert Essence shampoo, and seldomly using a brush, after six rounds of chemo Natasha still has her hair.

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Oct. 20, 2022

Day 100: Fake Celebrations & IV Hydration

With five sessions down, Natasha feels less like a nurse and more like a patient. Her final chemo treatment is next Wednesday, and the planned end-of-chemo celebration feels fake because surgery and radiation are still ahead.

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Oct. 13, 2022

Things You Need For Surgery with Dana Donofree

Dana Donofree & Kristen outline the essential shopping list for surgery and recovery, from what to bring to the hospital through the different stages of recovery.

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Sept. 29, 2022

Day 79: How to Win Yourself a Trip to Urgent Care

After her 3rd chemo, Natasha is too tired to eat. All food loses its flavor and only texture remains, so peaches and sushi taste the same. She becomes so dehydrated that she wins herself a trip to urgent care for …

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Sept. 22, 2022

Day 43: Things Are Unraveling

Natasha attempts a somewhat normal life by continuing to work and dating someone new. But behind the scenes, things are unraveling. She receives news about the alarming masses on her liver and thyroid. After her second chemo, unusual and disturbing …

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Sept. 15, 2022

Day 20: Oh Wait, It Might Be Stage 4

Horrific acid reflux is keeping Natasha up at night. None of the remedies recommended by her doctors make a difference, except for handy dandy marijuana. Radiology detects spots on her liver and thyroid and calls her in for an emergency …

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Sept. 8, 2022

Day 1: Chemotherapy and Cold Caps

On the eve of her first chemotherapy infusion, Natasha hauls a pile of new prescriptions home and questions why so much harm must be done to be “healthy” again.

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Sept. 1, 2022

Day 0, Part 2: The Pathologist Never Calls With Good News

As a nurse, it was easy for Natasha to think of all the things the almond-sized lump in her armpit could be other than cancer, so she moved along with her busy life. When she realized it was not going …

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Aug. 25, 2022

Day 0: I Found My Own Tumor and Ignored It

While leading a Doctors Without Borders mission in Malawi, Natasha’s husband of 25 years blindsided her by ending their marriage in a text message. She returned home, fell into bed for a few weeks, and eventually with the help of …

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Aug. 4, 2022

Day 549: If This Is What Kills Me, At Least I Lived a Good Life

Persistent foot pain caused by chemo forces Kristen to spend hours each day on physical therapy, taping, and stretching her feet at home. Wowing her friends with her ingenuity, she reveals that flesh-colored socks with the toes cut out are …

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July 8, 2022

Day 526: The Last Night Before The Last Surgery

On the eve of the final reconstructive surgery, which coincides with the 1-year anniversary of her mastectomy, Kristen reflects on how far she’s come and how many things are different from what she expected.

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June 23, 2022

Day 463: Porn Star Sized Breast Implants Were Never On My Bucket List

Six weeks after the (evil) expanders are out and new 700cc “porn-star-sized” breast implants are in, Kristen shares what it feels like to be on the other side of the painfully long process of stretching her skin to make room …

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June 15, 2022

Two Nurses Turned Patients: Author Theresa Brown, RN & Natasha Curry,…

As a nurse, you never truly understand the level of terror your patients are experiencing until you become one yourself. New York Times best-selling author Theresa Brown, RN, shares her breast cancer treatment journey along with details about her new …

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June 13, 2022

Natasha’s Story: Nurse Becomes Patient [Season 2 Trailer]

Natasha Curry is not your everyday average nurse. As a palliative care nurse practitioner at San Francisco General Hospital, she cares for the poorest and most vulnerable. When she discovered an almond-sized lump in her armpit, she did everything she …

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May 27, 2022

Beating Lymphedema with Lymphatic Massage Expert Christine Galione, M…

When and if lymph nodes have to be removed in the course of breast cancer treatment, lymphedema is a persistent aftereffect that must be treated and cared for following surgery, sometimes for many years. Special guest and lymphedema specialist Christine …

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May 13, 2022

Things You Need for Radiation with Jen Delvaux

To help make radiation go a little better, Kristen teams up with guest Jen Delvaux to talk about their radiation experiences and share the little things that made them more comfortable.

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April 28, 2022

Day 422: The Weight is Off My Chest

It’s the day after Kristen’s surgery to replace her expanders with permanent breast implants, and she’s already feeling much better. For the last 33 weeks, Kristen lived with a constant 2-4 pain level from the uncomfortable and awkward expanders. Today …

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