About Me

This is the personal blog for Lara Huffman, a Pittsburgh-based writer.  Lara was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer – specifically Stage 1, ER+, PR+, Her2-, BRCA-neg, 0/5 lymph nodes) – in September 2010 at the age of 30.  She has undergone a lumpectomy, four and a half months of chemotherapy (Cytoxan and Abraxane) and then seven weeks of radiation.    When Lara’s one-year checkup came back with suspicious calcifications, after much discussion with her team of doctors, she opted to have a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction.  She has been NED (aka no evidence of disease) since the end of July 2011.



Lara’s mother, Patricia (who preferred to be called Pat), was diagnosed with late stage breast cancer when she was 35 years old.  In April 1987, at the age of 40, Pat was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and subsequently died six months later.  She left behind three children – Lara and her two brothers, ranging in age between 7 and 12 years old.

Mom and Me

Lara lives with her two rescue pups – Boomer and Mal.  She occasionally writes for The Huffington Post, and she has been employed in investigative due diligence for more than 10 years.

She is The Boomer Dog.

She is The Boomer Dog.

My precious puppy Mal.

Little baby Mal

Get Up Swinging was born on September 25, 2010 on blogspot, and can be found here.   Get Up Swinging 2.0 will be about advocacy, education and a call for research.  Breast cancer is more than a pretty pink ribbon.

The views and opinions expressed on Get Up Swinging reflect the opinion of Lara Huffman alone and are not indicative of the opinions of her employer.


One thought on “About Me

  1. I read your article “My Disease Isn’t a Cutesy Slogan” and it was AMAZING!! I had a bilateral mastectomy December 18th of last year. I freaking hate those stupid shirts. The decision to have my mastectomy was actually made last October. I had been dealing with all of that crap since I was 28. So after my 3rd abnormal lumpectomy it was recommended. Last year every time I saw one of those f**king shirts I wanted to set them on fire. I also had a major problem with the damn cupcakes. I was at the store with my husband and I saw a display table of breast cancer awareness cupcakes. I stopped and just looked at them. Of course my husband was looking at me like I was crazy. I told him I wanted to buy all of them. I wanted to take them all out to the parking lot and jump on them. Then there were the shirts next to them. I started crying at that point. I told him I wanted to set them all on fire. I was getting ready to loose my breast to save my life. There is no saving the ta-tas. Bubbly women with those shirts have no freaking clue. There’s pain,drains, meds, scars, implants and finally tattoos. So even if it’s just one or two shirts this year I’m having a bonfire. So if you live in NC or want to visit I’m making s’mores!

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