Posts Tagged ‘adult’

My Mammogram: A Photo Entry (And Twitter Feed)

So I had my annual booby-squashing this morning, and since I have recently become a Twitter addict (follow me @heidisa) I thought it would be funny to “live tweet” it, which basically means posting a running commentary to Twitter on the action. (It’s nothing compared to the Austin woman...
January 23rd, 2009 | Heidi Adams | Read More

Check out my video interview with ACS’s David Neff about My Planet!

David Neff is the interactive guy for the High Plains region of the American Cancer Society, based out of the corporate office here in Austin. Besides working hard to introduce social media to the ACS, he is an awesome and tireless supporter of all things non-profit. I met him when we were both on a...
December 17th, 2008 | Heidi Adams | Read More

Radioactive, Rock & Roll, Radass Leela

CHECK OUT this video from our lovely Leela, showing exactly what it’s like to….well, be a radioactive thyroid cancer patient. Geiger counter and all. Is she a total rock star or what?! Original post: Radioactive, Rock & Roll, Radass Leela
December 3rd, 2008 | Heidi Adams | Read More

I’M FURIOUS. Please read and lend your support to this soldier with leukemia!

I just finished reading the most offensive news article I have ever seen, courtesy of the San Antonio Express News. For those of you who don’t know, San Antonio, Texas, is home to Lackland Air Force Base, an enormous military installation where they train many new recruits. According to the article,...
November 24th, 2008 | Heidi Adams | Read More

Still riding high after the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance meeting!

Whew. I’m just now coming down from the 3rd annual LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance meeting here in Austin last week. It was so great that, after it was all over, I felt the post-event blues that happen after the best weddings. You know, when all your favorite people are in one place and you have this...
November 18th, 2008 | Heidi Adams | Read More

How does your cancer look translate into Halloween costumes?

I remember Halloween while I was on treatment. It was a banner year in the movies for bald and sick characters. I was trying to decide whether I should be: a) Tom Hanks in Philadelphia, dying of AIDS.b) a Holocaust survivor from Schindler’s List, dying from Nazis.c) Debra Winger from Shadowlands,...
November 18th, 2008 | Heidi Adams | Read More

The "bikini effect"—or, what’s up with the skyrocketing melanoma stats?

So a study came out in the last couple of weeks that prompted a flurry of news stories. Here’s the gist, from lead researcher Mark Purdue, of the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics: “We observed a 50 percent increase in the annual incidence of melanoma...
October 15th, 2008 | Heidi Adams | Read More

Defining Our Community of Support

Hi everyone— First of all, to clear up any confusion and calm the hysteria: We have NOT implemented a blanket ban on friends and family members of young adult cancer patients/survivors. As of now, My Planet is STILL OPEN TO ALL USERS OVER 18, including friends, family members and healthcare professionals. We...
October 15th, 2008 | Heidi Adams | Read More

A Challenge for You: What are the Most Ridiculous Depictions of YAs with Cancer in Pop Culture?

Think perky little Mandy Moore in “A Walk to Remember.” Think of Dr. Green and his brain tumor on “ER.” Think Debra Winger in “Terms of Endearment.” Think “Wind Beneath My Wings.” We’re looking to compile a list of the most ridiculous pop culture...
October 15th, 2008 | Heidi Adams | Read More

Thanks to you, pediatric nurses love YA patients!

Hi, everyone– Thanks so much for the stories and words of wisdom. I used them all, and they loved it! (Lindsey, I turned your list into “Lindsey’s Top 10 Pieces of Advice for Nurses.” They were hysterical!) I spoke for about an hour to a ballroom full of probably 600 nurses, and...
October 15th, 2008 | Heidi Adams | Read More