Lynae Dodson, the Executive Director of I’m Taking Charge, was working as a medical device consultant in 2013. In order to help a breast reconstruction medical device company understand its audience better, she engaged in around 150 interviews of women with breast cancer. One important question she asked these women was where they got their information about breast reconstruction.
The answers she received were staggering. Far too many never heard about breast reconstruction from their breast surgeons. Some were only told of one specific procedure. Moreover, when asked about looking for more information online, nobody could name a single resource that provided them the information they needed.
That’s why in 2015, Lynae founded I’m Taking Charge. It’s been an exhilarating ride, with many moving stories from our readers!
Here are some other highlights from the last two years:
- Partnered with Dr. Frank J. DellaCroce, MD, FACS, founding partner of the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery and St. Charles Surgical Hospital
- 5k visits a month and 18k page views
- 20k followers on Facebook and 5k on Instagram
- Recent Awards: “Top Cancer Blog” by I Had Cancer, an “Inspirational Blog” by Navigating Cancer, and “Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonProfits.org
What Our Readers Say…
As someone ‘new’ to this cancer information pouring at you from all angles, coming across this site was rather refreshing. Sitting at home having my own pity party, I sat down and perused the site. It is easy to navigate. I enjoyed reading the women’s stories; especially about reconstruction. It gave stories from women of different ages, tips and did not seem to be biased in any way. I also stumbled upon their pod casts. They were actually nice to listen to, informative and not boring! At the end of listening to Vicky’s story, my pity party was over. I would recommend this site for patients at any age or just someone who needs information. – MJacksonParks, on GreatNonProfits.org
Living in a small community it’s hard to get a lot of information. This site was given to me by a friend. During lunch, myself and several girlfriends looked it over. Through fact checking, we found it to very reliable and not self serving. The site gave several options, not just one. It provided help from start to finish. It was written in layman terms, which we all appreciated. We also liked the support system that the site provided. Overall, is one of the best sites we have seen for information, support and guidance. –JulieMontes, on GreatNonProfits.org
My mother passed away from cancer. I have seven sisters and discovered this site at a conference. I know that my sister who is an R.N. at an Oncology center constantly tells her patients about this wonderful place for information and resources. Her patients really liked reading other peoples stories and the non biased information. I would encourage anyone with questions to talk to their doctors, friends and consult this site. – T.Rex, on GreatNonProfits.org