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Pragmatism, Realism, and Optimism

[ASC Connection] Several weeks ago, I attended the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN) Annual Meeting, hosted by MD Anderson Cancer Center. I had been invited to talk on sexual health and intimacy, and was delighted to do so. Right after the first invitation, I got an email from their President, Shirley Mertz. She had asked if I would also give a second talk.

We would love it if you talked about how to live with metastatic breast cancer,” she said.

I paused. After all, what did I know about what these men and women were experiencing? How could I inform them about how to go about dealing with, let alone living with, a diagnosis of metastatic cancer? The task seemed daunting, to say the least. Still, after a few moments, I finally answered her, “Sure, I’d be happy to do that.”

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