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Hey BRCA-Positive Young Women: FORCE Is With You!
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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
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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
Final Thoughts to Close Our Breast Cancer Screening Month
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Final Thoughts to Close Our Breast Cancer Screening Month

On this last day of our breast cancer screening month, Kelly Nemecek shares the beginning of her journey. She’ll share more next week as we shift our focus to breast reconstruction decisions. April 4, 2015 is my personal date which will live in infamy.  My husband Tomas was leaving for a three week trip to Nepal and my twelve-year-old daughter and I were looking forward to...

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31 Jan 2017
Our CNS Advisor, Carrie Riccobono, Reflects on New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines (Part 2)
in Guest Posts, I'm Taking Charge - Life After Breast Cancer

Our CNS Advisor, Carrie Riccobono, Reflects on New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of Carrie’s series on the new breast cancer screening guidelines. In Part 1, she explained why breast exams are still important, and why self exams are crucial for women under age forty. She also covered mammograms during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and touched on the lack of context in detection and in radiology expertise. We’re so grateful to Carrie for taking the...

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20 Jan 2017
Our CNS Advisor, Carrie Riccobono, Reflects on New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines (Part 1)
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Our CNS Advisor, Carrie Riccobono, Reflects on New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines (Part 1)

We’re so grateful to Carrie for taking the time to write this amazing article for us! You can read more about her here. As an oncology clinical nurse specialist, I get fired up any time I hear about new breast cancer screening guidelines. Recently, my phone blew up on the release of those by the American Cancer Society. I wanted to take some time to let the...

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05 Jan 2017
Kim Sport, Part 2: Louisiana’s Newest Breast Reconstruction Law
in Guest Posts, We're Taking Charge Together

Kim Sport, Part 2: Louisiana’s Newest Breast Reconstruction Law

Kim Sport is a nuclear medicine technologist turned lawyer, and former Executive Counsel to the Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. She’s also a three-time cancer survivor and the founder of Breastoration, which educates, assists and advocates for women facing mastectomies as a result of breast cancer. This is the second of her two-part series for ITC on breast reconstruction law. Her full bio...

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09 Nov 2016
New Orleans Woman of the Year, Kim Sport: Powerful Breast Reconstruction Laws Emerge in Louisiana, Part 1
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New Orleans Woman of the Year, Kim Sport: Powerful Breast Reconstruction Laws Emerge in Louisiana, Part 1

Kim Sport is a nuclear medicine technologist turned lawyer, and former Executive Counsel to the Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. She’s also a three-time cancer survivor and the founder of Breastoration, which educates, assists and advocates for women facing mastectomies as a result of breast cancer. This is the first of her two-part series for ITC on breast reconstruction laws. Part 2 is...

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03 Nov 2016
A Previvor’s Story, by Carly Miller (Part 2)
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A Previvor’s Story, by Carly Miller (Part 2)

Carly Miller is a BRCA2 previvor living with her husband in Los Angeles. She is a Peer Support Group Leader and Peer Navigator with FORCE. Carly also volunteers for Sharsheret and has been selected to serve on a Patient Advisory Council developing treatment protocol for HBOC patients at Kaiser Permanente. Here is Part 2 of her story. Click here for Part 1.   PART 2...

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