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Breast Cancer and Other Cancers: Why Relatives Need to Talk
in Guest Posts, November 2017: Breast Cancer and the Holidays, We're Taking Charge Together

Breast Cancer and Other Cancers: Why Relatives Need to Talk

Many of us spend time with relatives over the holidays. We give a canned answer to the inevitable inquiries about health and then move on to more pleasant topics. But maybe you’re worried about other family members. Maybe, because of your experience with breast cancer, you want to suggest a mammogram or genetic testing.  Maybe you’re curious about your relatives’ experiences with cancer. Today we...

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15 Nov 2017
Reflections on Going Flat: Whole Without Breasts
in I'm Taking Charge - Life After Breast Cancer, September 2017: Going Flat

Reflections on Going Flat: Whole Without Breasts

This week, as part of our September focus on going flat, we welcome Rebecca Pine. A talented writer and advocate for women with breast cancer, Rebecca shares her experience as a young mother who faced mastectomy. She also touches on the inspiration for The Breast and the Sea (follow the link or see the end of this article for details on this project).   It Took...

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08 Sep 2017
Clover’s (far left) dream to help women with breast cancer fulfilled! ©Clover Lewis Ltd
in September 2017: Going Flat

Hot Mastectomy Swimwear, by a Designer Who Understands

We are excited to welcome a guest post from Clover Lewis. Clover is an inspiration to women with breast cancer around the world. As a young survivor, her post-cancer difficulties with finding a “hot bikini” led her to use her abilities as a costume designer and trained artist to create a beautiful line of mastectomy swimwear. But not only that, she is a patron, ambassador,...

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07 Sep 2017
Breast Care Brings Benefits of 3D Mammograms to District of Columbia
in August 2017: African American Women and Breast Cancer, We're Taking Charge Together

Breast Care Brings Benefits of 3D Mammograms to District of Columbia

Today we welcome Dr. Regina Hampton, MD, FACS, and co-founder of Breast Care for Washington, D.C. A locally recognized expert on breast disease, Dr. Hampton is the medical director of the Breast Care Center at Doctors Community Hospital in Prince Georges County. Dr. Hampton explains the benefits of 3D mammograms and gives us some background on Breast Care of Washington, D.C. She also offers a few important...

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28 Aug 2017
Why Talking About Breast Cancer is Crucial for African American Women
in August 2017: African American Women and Breast Cancer, Guest Posts

Why Talking About Breast Cancer is Crucial for African American Women

Today we welcome Rhonda M. Smith, founder of Breast Cancer Partner. Breast Cancer Partner helps breast cancer patients to recover by introducing them to a holistic approach to their treatment. The holistic approach includes strategies for nutrition, exercise, and stress relief. This is in addition to following the traditional medical treatments for breast cancer. Here, Rhonda shares her thoughts about racial disparities regarding breast cancer. She...

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18 Aug 2017
African American Women With Breast Cancer Find Support in Women of Essence
in August 2017: African American Women and Breast Cancer, I'm Taking Charge - Life After Breast Cancer

African American Women With Breast Cancer Find Support in Women of Essence

As part of this month’s focus on African American women and breast cancer, I’m Taking Charge is pleased to welcome some words from Gloria Harmon. Gloria is the founder of Women of Essence Breast Cancer Support Group. Women of Essence assists African American women with breast cancer who live in south central California. Gloria’s work with this group is an excellent example of how one...

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10 Aug 2017
Bilateral Mastectomy Surgery, Seven Years Later: Nancy Stordahl Reflects
in Guest Posts, I'm Taking Charge - Life After Breast Cancer, June 2017: Redefining Perfection-Adjusting to the New You

Bilateral Mastectomy Surgery, Seven Years Later: Nancy Stordahl Reflects

Today we welcome blogger Nancy Stordahl, author of Getting Past the Fear:  A Guide to Help You Mentally Prepare for Chemotherapy, Cancer Was Not a Gift: A Memoir About Cancer as I Know It and Facing Your Mastectomy & Making Reconstruction Decisions. Nancy shares about her experience with bilateral mastectomy surgery.   A Quiet Remembrance It’s been seven years since my bilateral mastectomy. Seven years! As the date...

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10 Jun 2017
In Search of a Cure for Metastatic Breast Cancer: Accelerating Research
in Guest Posts, May 2017: The Fight for Breast Cancer/Breast Reconstruction Legislation and Public Policy

In Search of a Cure for Metastatic Breast Cancer: Accelerating Research

To close out our May focus on legislative activism, we welcome this guest post by Josh Newby, co-founder of Theresa’s Research Foundation. He explains the importance of participating in and supporting research on metastatic breast cancer, and what his organization does to help find a cure for metastatic breast cancer. Unknown to many, the leading killer of women aged 20-59 is metastatic breast cancer (MBC)....

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31 May 2017
Breast Reconstruction Insurance: Physician Shares What You Need to Know
in Guest Posts, May 2017: Breast Cancer/Breast Reconstruction Legislation, We're Taking Charge Together

Breast Reconstruction Insurance: Physician Shares What You Need to Know

Today we welcome Cristiane Ueno, MD. She shares important, but not widely known, information related to breast reconstruction insurance. Thank you, Docter Ueno!   How much do you know about the “Women’s Health and Care Rights Act (WHCRA)” of 1998?   Federal Law Requires Insurance Companies to Cover Breast Reconstruction The WHCRA was signed into law on October 21, 1998, and states that group health...

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13 May 2017
Life After Breast Reconstruction: Janet Gerlach Shares Her Positive Story
in April 2017: Living a New Life After Breast Cancer, Guest Posts, Reconstruction Stories

Life After Breast Reconstruction: Janet Gerlach Shares Her Positive Story

Today we welcome Janet Gerlach. She opted for a preventative mastectomy, and shares her positive experience with life after breast reconstruction.    I have no regrets about my decision to have a preventative double mastectomy with DIEP Flap breast reconstruction (using my belly fat and tissue to reconstruct my breasts). I now have peace of mind knowing that I took a pro-active approach to significantly lowering...

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06 May 2017
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