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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.

Be a Rockin’ Co-Survivor: How to Help a Young Friend With Breast Cancer
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Be a Rockin’ Co-Survivor: How to Help a Young Friend With Breast Cancer

If you don’t already know, a co-survivor is a person who provides support to individuals with breast cancer. They could be family members, friends, co-workers or another individual who has experienced breast cancer. Health care providers, spiritual advisers, and support group members are also frequently classified as co-survivors. Being a co-survivor for a young friend with breast cancer can be especially challenging. Most support groups are geared...

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07 Mar 2017
Young Women and Breast Cancer: What the Statistics Show
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Young Women and Breast Cancer: What the Statistics Show

This month is Young Survivor’s Month at I’m Taking Charge. We’re starting things off by looking at statistics related to young women and breast cancer. Because knowledge is power. The more you know, the more you’ll be prepared for the ride. Breast cancer among women under the age of 40 is rare. So if you haven’t figured it out already, you might have a hard...

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03 Mar 2017
How to Avoid Breast Surgery Scars: Get Hidden Scar Surgery!
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How to Avoid Breast Surgery Scars: Get Hidden Scar Surgery!

Large, noticeable scars are a common concern if you’re undergoing a mastectomy. Breast surgery scars often serve as a reminder of what you’ve been through. Or they may prevent you from completely feeling like your old self again. While some women embrace scars as a symbol of strength, what if you want to keep scarring to a minimum?   Fortunately, researchers developed a new procedure that reduces scarring...

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22 Feb 2017
Breast Cancer, Breast Reconstruction Surgery and the Heart
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Breast Cancer, Breast Reconstruction Surgery and the Heart

Given that February is the month of Valentine’s Day, there are images of hearts nearly everywhere. It’s a fitting time to look at breast cancer, breast reconstruction surgery and the heart.   When you have breast cancer, you have a unique connection to your heart. You have to learn to love your new body again after surgery. You have to find the strength to persevere...

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15 Feb 2017
Your Best Options for Breast Reconstruction? There’s an App for That
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Your Best Options for Breast Reconstruction? There’s an App for That

Breast reconstruction is a complicated topic. First, you have to decide between breast reconstruction and going flat. If you’re considering reconstruction, you have to decide whether you want to get immediate or delayed reconstruction. You also have to look at your best options for breast reconstruction. Finally, you must figure out what type of reconstruction you want.   As you may already know, there are...

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03 Feb 2017
Mammogram Memes: Laughter Is Great Medicine!
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Mammogram Memes: Laughter Is Great Medicine!

We’ve already discussed mammogram laws, how mammograms work, mammograms during pregnancy/breastfeeding, preparation and mammogram alternatives this month. So why don’t we just relax for a few minutes and enjoy a bit of laughter? Breast cancer and mammograms are serious topics and we aren’t trying to make light of them. But as many of you know, humor is sometimes the easiest way to deal with a stressful...

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27 Jan 2017
Early Detection of Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know
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Early Detection of Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know

You’ve probably heard it a million times by now: Early detection saves lives. Well, the reason that phrase seems to be everywhere is because it’s true. Early detection of breast cancer gives you the best chance of survival.   Regular screening is extremely important. Sure, there are signs and symptoms associated with breast cancer (we’ll discuss these briefly a bit later). But oftentimes symptoms don’t...

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16 Jan 2017
Mammograms and Mammogram Alternatives: How They Work and Why Breast Density Matters
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Mammograms and Mammogram Alternatives: How They Work and Why Breast Density Matters

When most women think of breast imaging technology, they think of mammograms. And rightfully so. Mammograms are the most common and accurate way to view the inside of a woman’s breast. But there are mammogram alternatives. There is also a certain type of mammogram that works best for dense breasts.   So, what are all the types of breast imaging? Do you have dense breasts?...

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13 Jan 2017
What is a Mammogram Like? We’ve Got Answers!
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What is a Mammogram Like? We’ve Got Answers!

What is a mammogram like, exactly? How do they work? What can you expect? How can you prepare? We’ve got all the answers right here, and we also dispel some common myths. Mammograms are one of those things that are seen as a necessary evil. Many regard the procedure as being uncomfortable. I mean, let’s face it, most of us aren’t overjoyed at the prospect of...

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07 Jan 2017
With Breast Cancer, Giving Can Still Bring Joy
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With Breast Cancer, Giving Can Still Bring Joy

The holidays are looming. Many of us are rushing around trying to get gifts for friends and family. Others of us are trying to find places to volunteer this year. Some of us are just trying to think of small ways to help others. Regardless of what holiday you celebrate, you’re likely getting into the “giving spirit.” But with breast cancer, how can we give...

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