Michelle Kolath Arbel's Breast Cancer War Blog

Michelle Kolath Arbel's Breast Cancer War Blog

Breast cancer is a well-known, devastating disease that plagues millions of women around the world each year. Although the stages, types, treatments, and outcomes all vary, one thing is consistent—every woman who faces this unimaginable fight is heroic. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, breast cancer is a disease … Read More

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women worldwide, affecting 1 in 8 women in the U.S. When the disease is detected early on the 5-year survival rate is 95%. View our inforgraphic to learn more about breast cancer, as well as how to develop an early detection … Read More

Deciding whether to wear a nipple prosthetic or undergo reconstructive surgery is a very personal choice. Unlike in the past, today women have more choices when it comes to reconstructing their breasts and nipples. Many women are prompted by their doctors to undergo nipple reconstruction surgeries, but there are other … Read More

Breast cancer leaves behind emotional and physical scars that stay with survivors even after the cancer is gone. According to the American Cancer Society, there is currently over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States alone. The emotional stress and physical changes that accompany breast cancer, chemo therapy, … Read More

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every October, millions of people across the country participate in events and show their support to increase awareness of the disease and raise funds for research. According to the American Cancer Society, this year saw 232,570 new cases of invasive breast cancer. Breast … Read More

My older sister gave birth this morning. It’s her 4th – a beautiful boy, and I am happy from the bottom of my heart!! Finally I can shed happy tears.
Yesterday I drove into town, to Only Hair, a unique hairdressing salon that creates natural hair wigs.
The idea of having a … Read More

I broke – I knew it was coming; I even waited for it… I wanted it to come, I just couldn’t let myself really break down before now…
I didn’t realize that I knew how to cry like that, out loud and from deep inside my soul… I cried as if … Read More

After 4 blood tests, a lung X-ray, ultrasounds of my kidneys and another of my stomach, a vaginal ultrasound, Echocardiography, more blood tests, which they tacked on at the last minute, I ended up with a Pet-CT (which is a CT scan of my entire body).
The absurdity is that the … Read More

I SMSed her from the car, she’s one of the mothers from my son’s kindergarten and she was diagnosed with cancer 3 months after her son was born (bloody Hodgkin Lymphoma!).
A stunning long legged blond with a huge heart. And that was before I knew how huge it really is.
She … Read More

The Dr. leaves me with the understanding that the lump I discovered less than a week ago is cancerous.
He didn’t use those very words, but he also didn’t say it wasn’t… Unbelievable!
For the two days leading up to that fateful Wednesday I was constantly on the verge of tears, every … Read More

True, the examination was painful, but the feeling was that I am having an out of body experience…as if my body is there, but my consciousness is floating above and looking down at me… because really, this isn’t happening. I am healthy. I have no family history. I eat healthily. … Read More

I was already at the door after a routine check-up at my gynecologist, when I turned back and asked for a referral… ‘I think I feel a lump in my right breast… about a year now…’. It’s true that my last Dr. checked it out, but what the hell… She … Read More