Jessica Henslee, Author at I'm Taking Charge

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Jessica Henslee

Jessica studied psychology and criminology, but has found her way to writing about breast reconstruction, appreciating that she gets to "play a very minor role in helping women handle their difficult journey through breast cancer." She has two very spoiled cats and a passion for listening to music--all the time.

Our Mastectomy Results: Mother/Daughter Patients Tell It Like It Is
in I'm Taking Charge - Life After Breast Cancer, June 2017: Redefining Perfection-Adjusting to the New You

Our Mastectomy Results: Mother/Daughter Patients Tell It Like It Is

There’s no denying that getting a mastectomy is a scary experience. Not only are you in the middle of your breast cancer journey, mastectomy results in a significant physical change. You may feel like a part of your identity is gone after a mastectomy. Or that you have lost your womanhood or aren’t sexy anymore. While these emotional challenges are certainly, well, a challenge, you can...

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30 Jun 2017
Celebrity with Breast Cancer, Sandra Lee, Impacts Lifesaving Legislation in New York
in May 2017: The Fight for Breast Cancer/Breast Reconstruction Legislation and Public Policy

Celebrity with Breast Cancer, Sandra Lee, Impacts Lifesaving Legislation in New York

Breast cancer advocacy is a great way to give back either during or after your breast cancer journey. Celebrities frequently advocate for matters that matter to them. Yet they don’t always have personal experience. As a famous chef and celebrity with breast cancer, Sandra Lee does have personal experience and she uses that experience to drive her passion for advocacy work. Sandra Lee’s Breast Cancer...

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16 May 2017
Inspired to Help? How to Be a Breast Cancer Advocate
in May 2017: Breast Cancer/Breast Reconstruction Legislation

Inspired to Help? How to Be a Breast Cancer Advocate

Whether you’ve finished your breast cancer journey or are just starting it, you’ve developed a passion for breast cancer advocacy. You know your voice is powerful. And your experience makes you an expert in dealing with breast cancer. Here are some tips for becoming a breast cancer advocate.   The great thing about breast cancer advocacy is that you can be as involved as you...

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09 May 2017
Long-Term Breast Cancer Support:
in April 2017: Living a New Life After Breast Cancer

Long-Term Breast Cancer Support:

Throughout your breast cancer journey, you may find yourself facing a variety of challenges. While some problems are short-term and disappear after treatment, others last for a much longer time. We’ve already written about short- and long-term side effects of breast cancer treatment. And we have an article about being a rockin’ co-survivor. But what sort of long-term breast cancer support will you need?   The Importance...

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28 Apr 2017
Breast Cancer and Sex: What to Expect, and What Can Help
in April 2017: Living a New Life After Breast Cancer, I'm Taking Charge - Life After Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer and Sex: What to Expect, and What Can Help

Although sexual dysfunction is a common element of breast cancer, it’s rarely discussed. But these issues have a huge impact on women’s overall quality-of-life during and after breast cancer treatment. So here’s some helpful information about breast cancer and sex.   Roughly 60 percent of women below the age of 45 experience sexual dysfunction during their breast cancer treatment. This number does decrease by about...

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27 Apr 2017
What We Can Learn from Athletes with Breast Cancer
in April 2017: Living a New Life After Breast Cancer, I'm Taking Charge - Life After Breast Cancer

What We Can Learn from Athletes with Breast Cancer

Being physically active is part of an athlete’s life. They train on a regular basis, participate in various events, and enjoy the challenge of being competitive. Even if you don’t identify as an athlete, physical activity may still be an important part of your routine. But how can this all be affected by breast cancer? A recent in-depth study of one athlete provides insights into...

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21 Apr 2017
Coping with Breast Cancer: A Counselor Shares Helpful Advice and Encouragement
in April 2017: Living a New Life After Breast Cancer, I'm Taking Charge - Life After Breast Cancer

Coping with Breast Cancer: A Counselor Shares Helpful Advice and Encouragement

We know we don’t have all the answers. That’s why we reach out to professionals who have more experience and knowledge about various topics. We recently talked about adjusting to life after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis with Stacy Lewis, MSW, ACHP-SW, LMSW. The Women’s Cancers Program Coordinator at CancerCare, she provides counseling to individuals who are coping with breast cancer. She also counsels people...

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19 Apr 2017
Long-Term Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment: How to Prepare
in April 2017: Living a New Life After Breast Cancer, I'm Taking Charge - Life After Breast Cancer

Long-Term Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment: How to Prepare

We’ve previously discussed how you can manage some of the short-term side effects of different breast cancer treatments. But there are also several long-term side effects of breast cancer that you should be aware of. The sooner you can prepare yourself for these side effects, the more your quality of life after breast cancer treatment will benefit.    That being said, it’s extremely difficult to predict...

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13 Apr 2017
Making Lemons Into Pink Lemonade: Managing Short-Term Breast Cancer Side Effects
in April 2017: Living a New Life After Breast Cancer

Making Lemons Into Pink Lemonade: Managing Short-Term Breast Cancer Side Effects

You may know this already, but you may encounter a host of short-term breast cancer side effects. These side effects vary based on treatment and can be better or worse depending on each individual woman. Fortunately, there are several ways to handle some of the common side effects of breast cancer treatment. Chemotherapy Side Effects Chemotherapy is most often associated with negative short-term side effects. We’ll...

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10 Apr 2017
Nine Products for Breast Cancer Patients That Will Make You Smile
in April 2017: Living a New Life After Breast Cancer, I'm Taking Charge - Life After Breast Cancer

Nine Products for Breast Cancer Patients That Will Make You Smile

Over the months, we’ve highlighted several companies that make products for breast cancer patients. I can barely remember them all off the top of my head. We hardly expect you to. Since we’re focusing on facing life after breast cancer for the month of April, we decided to revisit them. We’re including a few new additions that we thought you may want to know about....

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05 Apr 2017
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