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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

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
Hey BRCA-Positive Young Women: FORCE Is With You!
in Guest Posts, Young Survivors

Hey BRCA-Positive Young Women: FORCE Is With You!

To close our Young Survivor’s month, we welcome this post by Teri Woodhull. She volunteers for the group, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered). FORCE is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers. Teri shares her experience with choosing a preventative mastectomy and as a young ovarian cancer survivor. She explains how FORCE can help BRCA-positive young...

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30 Mar 2017
Don’t Forget to Ask This When You Prepare for Mastectomy: Advocate Shares Story and Advice
in Guest Posts, I'm Taking Back - Breast Reconstruction Options

Don’t Forget to Ask This When You Prepare for Mastectomy: Advocate Shares Story and Advice

We’re so grateful to Terri Coutee for sharing her story and advice on how to prepare for mastectomy! Terri had a wonderful experience with delayed DIEP flap breast reconstruction. She now advocates for education on this topic. You can read more about her and her organization at the end of her story.   I’m a two-time breast cancer survivor who had delayed breast reconstruction. I...

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23 Feb 2017
After Mastectomy Surgery: Kelly Nemecek Shares the Second Half of Her Journey
in Guest Posts, Reconstruction Stories

After Mastectomy Surgery: Kelly Nemecek Shares the Second Half of Her Journey

On the last day of January, our breast cancer screening month, Kelly Nemecek shared the beginning of her journey with breast cancer. Kelly now joins us to explain what choices she made after mastectomy surgery.   The thing I thought I would fear most (besides dying of course) was losing my hair. When it was coming out by the handful I had Tomas buzz it...

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12 Feb 2017
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