Life in 21-Day Cycles

By Kristen Knott

Written Friday September 27 @ 4:00 am

From the time I can remember, I have always been someone who needs to have something to look forward to. It could be a family trip, or a party, or a holiday. Regardless of the event, I have always lived my life looking ahead. No surprise then, that I am a goal setter and always feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when I meet goals or get through whatever task or list of things that was either self-created or handed to me.

Yes, I am a list girl! Write it down, plan it, make it happen! Christmas shopping begins in September and is completed in November each year. Summer holidays are planned in the Fall prior, and kids’ schedules are locked in months in advance. It is not surprising that my career has always revolved around planning and executing on a plan. Being in sales for over a decade and growing up in the consumer packaged goods industry, retail promotional planning was always a minimum of 6 months ahead. Christmas was booked in July, and seasonal planning was integral to the success of the job. I never stood still and my eye [...] continue the story

An Ode to Wonder Woman

By Kristen Knott

Written September 21, 2013 @ 3:30 am

As a child of the 70’s, I like many other girls religiously watched Wonder Women on television. She was beautiful, intelligent, and strong and seemed invincible. I realize now that I have always been drawn to strong women through out my life and my desire to be a Wonder Women.

This past spring I felt a lump in my right breast that simply felt different than others I had felt in the past. I had learned three years prior at 39 that I had fibroids in both breasts and the surgeon stressed the need for me to be diligent about doing self-breast examinations as with dense breasts it could be more challenging to detect a tumor.

Fast-forward through to May 2013, where I underwent two mammograms, an initial ultrasound, followed by an ultrasound guided biopsy of the lump, and then an appointment with the surgeon June 6, to receive the biopsy results. As I sat in the surgeon’s office looking out the window at the pouring rain, he called for my pathology; he hung the phone up and professionally informed me I had a cancerous tumor in my right breast, and that he could [...] continue the story

Painting Pain Art Gallery – Three

Breast Cancer Mastectomy

I am a woman thru and thru. I am not defined by the size of my breast. I am sexy with an A cup or a D cup. I am sexy even with only 1 breast. I feel beautiful, therefore I am beautiful. A womans beauty comes from within and not from what is on the outside. I am beautiful, see me shine, I still have one left behind, a woman I am until the end, even though I am not a ten, my beauty is here, it’s now within, I am a woman till the end. Poem by: Nancy Crowell

Laura’s Foot This morning I woke somewhere between 6:00 and 6:30 AM. I do not know the reason I woke. I had only been “asleep” for about five hours, maybe less. I went to “bed” at just about 11:30 PM. I cannot see in the mornings, so everything was a myriad of light and dark, without color. I cannot hear normal sounds in the morning. I only hear a combination of ocean roar, antique radio and television static and my own heartbeat as loud as Poe’s Telltale heart. I lay there on my bed staring up, as even rolling over to get out of bed can take ten [...] continue the story

The Moth Presents Amy Cohen: Fighting Chance

“I do not feel unfortunate.”

Confronting an overwhelming genetic predisposition for breast cancer, a comedy writer makes the ultimate choice.

Amy Cohen is the author of The New York Times best-seller The Late Bloomer’s Revolution. She’s been both a writer and producer for the sitcoms Caroline in the City and Spin City, wrote a dating column for the New York Observer, and was the dating correspondent for cable TV’s New York Central. Amy lives in New York City.