Catherine Gigante-Brown is a freelance writer of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Her works have appeared in Time Out New York, Essence and Seventeen. She co-wrote two biographies for Prometheus Books and her short stories appear in fiction anthologies. Catherine’s first novel, The El, is available from Volossal Publishing.

You can learn more about her on her website.

Catherine Gigante-Brown's Articles

My mammogram’s fine. I’m fine. Until next year. But four years and counting, I’ll take the fear, I’ll take the dread, just so I’m still around to feel it again next year.

How I Survive The Worst Day Of The Year (Every Year)

As a breast cancer survivor, the worst day of the year is when I go for my mammogram. True, nobody actually likes mammos, but I’ve been bitten by one. On the way to my annual squishing, I realized... Read...
Catherine Gigante-Brown    |   06.12.17 12am   |   SHARE
The inestimable worth of a life.

Hug Your Kid: Life Is A Gift & It's Not Guaranteed

Content Notice: Death Hug your kid. Right. Now. I don’t care where you are. I don’t care where they are. Just hug them. Tight. Squeeze them till they “Oh, Ma!!!” you. Sometimes something happens that... Read...
Catherine Gigante-Brown    |   01.30.17 12am   |   SHARE
The thought that a complete stranger would crochet something to make me feel beautiful — whole, like a woman again — moved me to tears.

A Stranger Knit Me A New Boob

It sounded too good to be true: comfortable, attractive bra inserts for breast cancer survivors like me. I got on the computer, checked out their website, and immediately put in for one.
Catherine Gigante-Brown    |   01.27.17 12am   |   SHARE
Since my battle with breast cancer in the spring of 2013, my life changed forever.

Compassion Is Complicated After Cancer

Upset you lost your keys? Try losing your breast. Pissed off about missing that train? Try missing your son’s 8th grade graduation because of a horrific infection from fluid buildup in the previously... Read...
Catherine Gigante-Brown    |   01.5.17 12am   |   SHARE
Children need to be on their own — when it’s safe and the time is right. Image: Thinkstock.

The Joy Of Letting Go: Why You Should Raise Independent Kids

When David was about 12, he told me that he wanted to take the train to school alone. My gut reaction was, “No way in hell!” I mean, we live in a safe neighborhood and all, but David has ADHD and was... Read...
Catherine Gigante-Brown    |   04.21.16 12am   |   SHARE
Alexa: Friend? Foe?

8 Ways Amazon Echo (AKA Alexa) Isn't All She's Cracked Up To Be

Alexa is like a nosy neighbor: She’s always listening. That’s how she can respond when you ask her to do something. So, when you’re getting busy on the kitchen counter — Alexa’s listening. When you’... Read...
Catherine Gigante-Brown    |   04.7.16 12am   |   SHARE
Sure, kids play games today, but they’re usually not face-to-face.

The Digital Playground: When Devices Replace 'Real' Play

Were you going to run into that cute guy John Williams on the way home? Would you see Anne Marie by the lockers and sort out what to do for the weekend? It was hit-or-miss, and that was the beauty of... Read...
Catherine Gigante-Brown    |   03.11.16 12am   |   SHARE

For The Girls: A Fond Farewell To My Ovaries

I thought cancer was behind me. Until I had a weird pain near my left ovary which lasted for several days. It felt a lot like ovulation...Only, at 56, that train had left the station a long time ago.
Catherine Gigante-Brown    |   02.19.16 2pm   |   SHARE

Someone Plagiarized My Cancer Story

Having someone steal my cancer history and co-opt it for their first-person Facebook blog is unbelievably violating. Somehow, it feels almost as invasive as my mastectomy.
Catherine Gigante-Brown    |   01.29.16 12am   |   SHARE

What Does That Mean? A Gender And Sexuality Glossary

Once upon a time, it was easier to keep track of gender. Today, not so much — the lines are blurred. For many, gender’s not so much about questioning your own identity as it is about questioning the... Read...
Catherine Gigante-Brown    |   11.18.15 12am   |   SHARE