Posts Tagged ‘Breast Cancer’

Beauty brand, duty bound | Manhattan Times

Beauty brand, duty bound | Manhattan Times

By James Clark It’s been a year since Julissa Pérez found out she was cancer-free. “There are good days, and there are bad days,” said the 31-year-old Inwood resident, who battled thyroid cancer and underwent radiation treatment. It has been a long journey. “The after-effects of cancer are a process too,” she noted. Her battle […]


The Elixir: The 2016 Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen List

The Elixir: The 2016 Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen List

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@EileenZFuentes) Every year I look forward to the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen list. This handy guide helps you avoid non-organic fruits and vegetables that are highest in pesticide residues and choose non-organic items from the Clean Fifteen List. As someone who works with patients, I rely on it to […]


Brain cancer survivor, singer: “Music is my main form of therapy” | CBS News

Brain cancer survivor, singer: "Music is my main form of therapy" | CBS News

By Jeremy Bradley Angel Reynoso’s 30th birthday had a lot of what you’d expect: family singing, cake cutting, and phones recording. What made this birthday so different was where it took place — he was in a hospital room. The day before, he’d had a seizure, was rushed to intensive care and had emergency surgery […]


How To Make Your Problems Disappear

How To Make Your Problems Disappear

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@EileenZFuentes) A short time ago, I came across a video of Michelle Obama’s extremely early morning workout routine. It immediately triggered a curiosity in me that I could not ignore. This curiosity forced me to take a closer look at my morning ritual and it seriously needed some revamping. Every morning consisted […]


My Plant-Heavy Fully Loaded Omelet

My Plant-Heavy Fully Loaded Omelet

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@EileenZFuentes) Did you know that February is cancer prevention month? It is why you should use this month to practice living a healthier lifestyle and encourage others to do the same. As chaotic as they can be, mornings set the tone for the rest of the day. Productivity experts all agree that […]


What’s The First Thing I Should Add To My Diet To Reduce My Cancer Risk?

What’s The First Thing I Should Add To My Diet To Reduce My Cancer Risk?

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@EileenZFuentes) Because of my extensive training in holistic nutrition for cancer prevention, the first question I am often asked is, “what do I need to stop eating to reduce my risk?” My response is always the same. First, I tell them that the focus should be on the many things that they […]


The 14 Archetypes of Healing

The 14 Archetypes of Healing

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@EileenZFuentes) The Spiritual Fanatic I was convinced that I was going to die and so I made it a mission to find a supportive spiritual community that could assist my family with my end-of-life affairs. After realizing I may be around for a while, I believed the universe was in control of everything […]


I Literally Lost It All And Then This Happened…

I Literally Lost It All And Then This Happened…

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@EileenZFuentes) Almost four years ago, I wrote a heartfelt post titled, “Freedom Fridays”, about my decision to go part-time. It remains one of the most popular entries on my blog. It was written 3 years after my breast cancer diagnosis. When I wrote it, I was completely burnt-out. I realized that I […]


Spread Love: Introducing EileenZFuentes.com & Wellness Wednesdays

Spread Love: Introducing EileenZFuentes.com & Wellness Wednesdays

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Ok, so this has been a long time in the making. My beautiful and extremely dedicated wife, Eileen Z. Fuentes, has been hard at work revamping her online space. The result is the recently launched EileenZFuentes.com. The new site is lovingly devoted to aiding and empowering women dealing with cancer of […]


Crowdfunding Spotlight: Hope for Carol

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Hope for Carol

About This Cause Being a single parent is never easy. Now try being a single parent with stage 3 Breast cancer. Just when things seemed to be getting better financially, Carolina was faced with the most difficult challenge of her life. Forced to cease work due to illness, she is now left with rental payments, […]


The Wellness Series @ Columbia University Medical Center

The Wellness Series @ Columbia University Medical Center

When diagnosed with breast cancer, Eileen Z. Fuentes, a Columbia University employee, experienced cancer treatment from a patient’s perspective. Having worked for Columbia, she knew she was in capable hands during her treatment; however, she was determined to play an active part of her own health and recovery and was unsure how to do so. […]


We’ve been to war together | Manhattan Times News

We’ve been to war together | Manhattan Times News

Reiki healing at the hospital Story, photos and video by Sherry Mazzocchi When Susan was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer, she was devastated. She hadn’t even felt particularly ill, but she had an aggressive cancer that had already spread to her lungs. That meant she wasn’t a candidate for surgery. Even with chemotherapy, the […]


Uptown’s Own Eileen Z. Fuentes Is Featured In Latina Magazine

Uptown's Own Eileen Z. Fuentes Is Featured In Latina Magazine

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) 5 years ago, September 19th 2008 to be exact, my wife, Eileen Z. Fuentes, the mother of our 3 daughters, was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. We went from a normal, if hectic, life, to one that was a living nightmare. My wife had the first surgery to remove the […]


The Elixir: The Summer Countdown Cleanse

The Elixir: The Summer Countdown Cleanse

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@theSPEACHgal) Summer will be here in 3 weeks. Are you bathing suit ready? Yeah, me neither… Last year I took part in my first food cleanse and it was one of the best gifts I gave to myself. And by that I mean the entire me. I experienced immediate results including; ✔ […]


The Elixir Live: Eileen Z. Fuentes Will Be A Presenter At TEDMED On April 20

The Elixir Live: Eileen Z. Fuentes Will Be A Presenter At TEDMED On April 20

Brooklyn Free Clinic Presents TEDMED Live 2013 The Brooklyn Free Clinic Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM (EDT) That’s right folks, our very own Eileen Z. Fuentes will be a presenter at the TEDMED Conference on April 20, 2013, sponsored by the Brooklyn Free Clinic. This is a big deal! Her […]


The Elixir: For Those of Us With Pre-Existing Conditions…

The Elixir: For Those of Us With Pre-Existing Conditions…

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@theSPEACHgal) For some of us, having medical insurance means survival. People, particularly the young and healthy, never really think about health insurance until they need it. I implore you to look and listen to these stories and then to take it one step further and vote on November 6th and allow […]


Survivor Stories: Eileen Z. Fuentes | Good Enough Mother

Survivor Stories: Eileen Z. Fuentes | Good Enough Mother

How did you first find out you had cancer? I was sleeping and had an itch on my breast and when I went to scratch, felt a lump. Even though I had stopped nursing just a couple of months prior, intuitively I felt that something was terribly wrong. Since I work in a hospital, I […]


My Heart: Eileen Z. Fuentes

My Heart: Eileen Z. Fuentes

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) 5 years ago today my life was turned upside down. On that fateful day, my wife and mother of our 3 young girls, Eileen Z. Fuentes, was diagnosed with breast cancer. To make matters worse, it was an aggressive form of breast cancer that was ominously named triple-negative, which meant it […]


The Elixir: The Business of Breast Cancer Awareness and Pink Ribbons

The Elixir: The Business of Breast Cancer Awareness and Pink Ribbons

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@theSPEACHgal) Since my breast cancer diagnosis in 2008, I have intuitively felt uncomfortable with the use of pink ribbons. Well-intentioned friends and family flooded me with gifts displaying them and while I was grateful for their sincere efforts to support me, I never used those products. As time went on, I began […]


Uptown Health: Free Breast Cancer Screening

Uptown Health: Free Breast Cancer Screening

On Saturday April 6th and Wednesday April 10th Councilmember Jackson and the American-Italian Cancer Foundation are joining various community groups to bring free mammography screenings to the residents of West Harlem and Washington Heights/Inwood (see attached flyers). The service is limited to women 40 years and older who are residents of New York City and […]


Jenny Saldaña’s Happy Cancer Chick

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) I love Jenny Saldaña. She has truly been a godsend. My wife and I met her the day after the devastating breast cancer diagnosis that completely changed our lives. Here was someone that made it through, that was from the same community as we were. She made us believe that we […]


CUMC’s Department of Surgery Blog Profiles Our Very Own Eileen Z. Fuentes & Her Women’s Wellness Series

Women’s Wellness Series by Columbia Surgery Making a difference in the lives of women with breast cancer. It’s one thing to know that we ought to eat a healthy diet and exercise. It’s another to change our lifestyle and put that knowledge into daily practice. And it’s yet another entirely to inspire others to do […]


The Elixir – It Takes A Village To Heal

The Elixir – It Takes A Village To Heal

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@theSPEACHgal) Photography by Art By Dj Boy (@ArtByDjBoy) & Jyoti Kaushal Last year local residents were shocked to hear that North General Hospital located in central Harlem was closing its doors after filing for bankruptcy. This was devastating news to our already medically underserved community but more directly to those patients […]


Scars of Love: The SCAR Project @ Openhouse Gallery

Scars of Love: The SCAR Project @ Openhouse Gallery

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) All photos by John Mazlish. It has now has been 3 years since Eileen Z. Fuentes, my young wife and the mother of my 3 daughters was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. On the fateful day, September 19th 2008, my family and I took an unplanned and unpleasant trip to what, Pulitzer […]

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