Marathoner Katherine Heckman’s Battle With Arthritis. Part 1

Katherine Heckman has been a runner since high school. Most weekdays, she’d eat up five or six miles of road for breakfast before heading off for school or work. And on the weekend, the sky was the limit.
“It’s probably that runner’s high that kept me running,” says Heckman, 40, of South Windsor, Conn. “I loved putting on my earphones and running forever.” Continue reading “Marathoner Katherine Heckman’s Battle With Arthritis. Part 1”

Preventing History From Repeating Itself

I have a strong family history of breast and reproductive system cancers. Three years ago, I had bilateral simple mastectomies (preventive mastectomies) in hopes of decreasing my chances of getting breast cancer. I chose not to have breast reconstruction or implants. I am basically relieved and comfortable with my decision, although every time I look in the mirror I am still astounded by my lack of breasts. Continue reading “Preventing History From Repeating Itself”