Jessica Henslee, Author at ITC

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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.

Make Your List and Check It Twice: Questions to Ask About Breast Cancer (Printable List Included)
in I'm Taking Charge - Life After Breast Cancer, November 2017: Breast Cancer and the Holidays

Make Your List and Check It Twice: Questions to Ask About Breast Cancer (Printable List Included)

Dealing with breast cancer near the holidays can seem overwhelming. Being proactive and having a good list of questions for your physician and surgeon can help. But what if the only question that comes to mind is “why?” Or if your reaction is akin to a deer in the headlights and you just freeze? To help make sure you don’t forget anything, we’ve compiled a list...

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04 Nov 2017
Your Post-Breast Cancer Body: How to Accept and Embrace It
in I'm Taking Charge - Life After Breast Cancer, September 2017: Going Flat

Your Post-Breast Cancer Body: How to Accept and Embrace It

The body changes after breast cancer. There’s no denying that. You may feel that your body is now completely foreign. Or your self-esteem and body image may take a nosedive. While these may be normal experiences, they don’t have to control the rest of your life. You are still beautiful and your new post-breast cancer body deserves love.   But how do you get from...

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03 Oct 2017
No Breast Reconstruction: Why Going Flat May Be Your Only Choice
in I'm Taking Charge - Life After Breast Cancer

No Breast Reconstruction: Why Going Flat May Be Your Only Choice

It’s likely that you’ve already heard about breast reconstruction. Our blog does discuss it quite a bit, after all. You may have even talked to your cancer team about it. But what if they say “no breast reconstruction for you”? When so many other women can get breast reconstruction, why are you unable to? Unfortunately, reconstruction isn’t an option for everyone. And in this article, we...

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21 Sep 2017
What is Inflammatory Breast Cancer, and Why African American Women Need to Know
in August 2017: African American Women and Breast Cancer, I'm Taking Charge - Life After Breast Cancer

What is Inflammatory Breast Cancer, and Why African American Women Need to Know

Often times, it’s easier to say “breast cancer” instead of talking about a specific type of breast cancer. That’s because there are so many types that it can be difficult to wrap your head around it. There’s DCIS, metastatic breast cancer, and male breast cancer. But sometimes specific types have a large impact on women. Especially women of varying races. This, unfortunately, is the case...

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31 Aug 2017
Hey Diabetes and Breast Cancer: CYL2 Strikes and You’re Out!
in August 2017: African American Women and Breast Cancer, I'm Taking Charge - Life After Breast Cancer

Hey Diabetes and Breast Cancer: CYL2 Strikes and You’re Out!

Breast cancer affects women of different races in varying ways. According to the CDC, breast cancer rates are highest among white women and African American women. This is followed by women who are Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native. Unfortunately, African American women with breast cancer are more likely to die than all other races. There are many reasons for why this occurs, and...

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24 Aug 2017
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
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