Hi, and welcome!  You probably want to know who I am.  Let’s just break it down.

I’m Heather Lagemann, and I write this blog about cancer, life, and the pursuit of Hanson.  Invasive Duct Tales was born in June 2014 — just before I started chemotherapy for breast cancer — because I couldn’t find a blog that really resonated with me.  So I started my own.  Also, because I’m lazy.  My family and friends, caring as they are, were demanding answers:

  • How are you?
  • Do you need anything?
  • How did your appointment go?
  • I love you.

The nerve.  So I started providing them answers here.  Kind of.


You’re not my friends and family?  That’s cool.  You’re welcome too.  My real goal is just to inspire.  Like anything at all.  If I inspire you to live in the moment, cool.  If I inspire you to eat another piece of bacon and make carpet angels at 3pm, also cool.  If you stick with me, I will try to make you laugh, cry, and blush because I aim to keep this conversation real real.  So let’s feel the feels together.  That’s how best friends are made.

Also, like who am I?  What do I do?  I’m a stay-at-home mom to two of the most amazing little girls ever and a part-time nurse.  I am a Hanson fan.  I am a list maker.


Thanks for finding your way here!  I hope to see you around.





16 comments on “About me”

  1. I just voted for you! Love, love, love your authenticity. I often find myself in that situation of just not knowing what to say to someone going through something challenging. Thanks for your perspective.

  2. I don’t know you, but someone shared your blog on Facebook and I can’t stop reading. Thank you for putting yourself out there and showing so many people your experience. You’re a cool human.

  3. Love your blog! Your mom was one of my best friends in high school. We moved away junior year, but we stayed in touch for a few years. One of our schoolmates shared the contest on fb. I read a couple of posts, and got so drawn in that I read through from beginning to end. I’m a breast cancer survivor also, so could identify with much of what you’re feeling and experiencing. I’ve been voting for you every day and am so happy you’ve taken the lead. You are so talented…write that book!

    • I love hearing from people who knew my mom. It makes me feel just that more connected. Thank you!

      And thank you for your kind words!

    • Thank you. You are doing wonderful things with your site as well so I hope it helped to get the word our for you.

  4. I was wondering if you ever considered changing the page layout of your
    website? Its very well written; I love what youve got to
    say. But maybe you could a little mor in the way of content so people could connect with it better.
    Youve got an awful lott oof text for only having 1 or 2 pictures.
    Maybe yoou could space it out better?

  5. Is June17 your first entry? I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma last Oct and made the decision rather quickly to have a double mastectomy. I am now starting radiation and want to read your blog from the beginning! I can relate to a lot of it! Thanks.

    • Yes, that is my first entry. I didn’t start blogging until the day after my first chemo — after the initial shock and surgery. I hope all goes well for you. Thanks for reading!

  6. Hi Heather! I found myself directed to your blog when I googled “How to get rid of Chemo wrinkles” lol.I’m 44, just diagnosed last month (Feb) & on my second of 4 “red devil” chemo treatments then 12 more of chemo something else, then surgery, then radiation. I don’t usually comment on blogs, heck, I don’t really read through many blogs cause I don’t normally relate or care what they are talking about but with yours, I read through all of them at once. You had me laughing out loud, tearing up, and nodding my head in agreement as if you were sitting right there telling me your story in person. Your great personality really shows through your writing. I hope that you keep writing about life, cancer and the future! I’m gonna go try to snake my shower right now, lost all my hair yesterday and there is a hairball the size of a yorkie in my drain. BYE!

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