Book Project: The Meaning of Breast Cancer

I've been breast surgeon for over 15 years and while I've seen many changes in breast cancer treatment I think that there is obviously a lot about this disease we don't know and isn't addressed. I've always been impressed and privileged to follow my patients on their life journeys and now I'm working on a book project about the meaning of breast cancer. I see this on at least three levels — one for each person individually, second for our generation of women where at least 1/8 are affected, and for me personally.  

I have been asking and collecting stories from my own patients and certain themes are emerging but I would like to get a broader sample of responses and thus would appreciate if any of you could answer the following questions and/or pass them on to others.

Please send replies, suggestions or questions to me at meaningbc@aol.com sometime in the month of March. I hope to be able to interview women at a later date. Please include your name and email if you would consider being interviewed. Your name can be kept confidential if you wish.

Thank you and much gratitude in advance!

Dixie Mills


1. When asked what the meaning of my illness is, I would answer...

2. Since my diagnosis, I have made the following changes in my life...

3.   The most important change being...

4.   Since you found out you had breast cancer, have you ever asked yourself, WHY ME? If so, what were your conclusions? ...


Survey in Word.doc format. This can be printed and mailed / faxed (my address and fax number is included in this Word document). This also can be emailed as an attachment, or pasted into email sent to meaningbc@aol.com.