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BY Constance Porter, Ph.D.

As a long-time asthmatic and a recent breast cancer survivor, I’m already at high risk of developing serious complications if I get an upper respiratory infection like COVID-19. Things can turn bad quickly if I even get so much as a cold. The last time I had the flu in late 2003 — the one year I didn’t get a flu shot — I actually feared I might die alone in my house. That’s how much I suffered.

But I’m at even greater risk today...

Breast cancer survivor Constance Porter, Ph.D.

BY Constance Porter, Ph.D.

In late 2016, I was eating organic food, working out regularly and had never missed a mammogram. Yet, I still ended up with a breast cancer...

BY Constance Porter, Ph.D.

I’d always heard that people should wait a year before volunteering at MD Anderson, so they could make sure they were “over it” after finishing...

BY Constance Porter, Ph.D.

When I first lost my hair due to breast cancer treatment, I often heard people say, “Don’t worry. It’s only hair.” The implication was that it would grow back — eventually. But after a while, I began to notice that it was always the people with a full head of hair who said it. And I am one of the very small percentage of women whose hair didn’t grow back after chemotherapy. So, I am still bald to this day.

It doesn’t feel like...

Breast cancer survivor Constance Porter, Ph.D.