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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.

Thanksgiving for the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act
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Thanksgiving for the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act

It’s Thanksgiving, and most of us have been thinking about what we’re thankful for: family, friends, jobs, cats. Let’s take a few minutes to look beyond the obvious. So many things change in our world that have huge impacts on our lives. This is especially true for women dealing with breast cancer and breast reconstruction. Or anyone with serious medical or life concerns. The medical field...

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23 Nov 2016
Breast Reconstruction Insurance: Laws by State
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Breast Reconstruction Insurance: Laws by State

Just like health insurance plans, laws and other legal mandates are confusing. I mean, there’s a reason people complete extra schooling to become lawyers. Laws are confusing! They have weird wording (why can’t they just be in normal English?!) and go through changes every once in awhile. We’ve mentioned the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (WHCRA) before. This law applies to most...

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23 Nov 2016
Showing Love To a Woman With Breast Cancer: Experts Weigh In
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Showing Love To a Woman With Breast Cancer: Experts Weigh In

We’ve written several articles about loving yourself and finding support in the past. We have articles about support groups, counselors and psychologists, and grief. But what if you aren’t the one with breast cancer? What if it’s a woman in your life that you love? Maybe a close friend or wife. Maybe she’s your mother, daughter, or sister. A woman with breast cancer needs plenty...

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17 Nov 2016
Breast Cancer Paperwork: How to Manage it
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Breast Cancer Paperwork: How to Manage it

During your breast cancer and reconstruction journey, you’ll likely amass a small forest’s worth of medical papers. Managing breast cancer paperwork may seem unnecessary. But they often include important information about your insurance, bills, and a huge range of other medical areas. Holding onto these papers is one part of dealing with them. It won’t do you any good to have piles of medical papers...

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12 Nov 2016
Breast Reconstruction Help: Health Insurance Basics and Terminology
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Breast Reconstruction Help: Health Insurance Basics and Terminology

Health insurance is a complicated topic. It seems to always be going through changes and the terms are confusing. Sometimes I even wonder if insurance agents and educators understand health insurance! For many people, it’s a topic best ignored as often as possible. But if you are dealing with breast reconstruction, discussions about health insurance become unavoidable. The terminology and details of health insurance can...

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06 Nov 2016
BRA Day: USA and Beyond
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BRA Day: USA and Beyond

I’m sure you’ve heard about plenty of campaigns to raise awareness of breast cancer. There’s Komen’s Race for the Cure and the entire month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. These events play an important role in raising breast cancer funds and awareness. However, there aren’t a lot of events focused on raising awareness of breast reconstruction, which is one of our main goals here...

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19 Oct 2016
Breast Cancer Videos: Inspiration For Your Journey
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Breast Cancer Videos: Inspiration For Your Journey

When you’re dealing with breast cancer, one of the last things you want to feel is loneliness. Although you know that other women have had breast cancer, knowledge alone is not always enough. In some cases, seeing is more powerful. So, we decided to put together a series of breast cancer videos.   These will remind you that you are not alone. You have the support of...

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18 Oct 2016
Breast Cancer Retreat for African American Women: Sistas Rock!
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Breast Cancer Retreat for African American Women: Sistas Rock!

We’ve highlighted a few breast cancer retreats on this blog before. These retreats typically include women of all races and varying ages and are great ways to connect with other women who are dealing with the same struggle you are. However, many African American women find that certain retreats do not fully provide them with the complete sense of sisterhood that they want. Fortunately, the African...

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25 Sep 2016
Breast Surgery Complications: Healing Risks for African-American Women
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Breast Surgery Complications: Healing Risks for African-American Women

Undergoing breast surgery, whether mastectomy or reconstruction, is a nerve-wracking experience for many women. You not only want to stay safe and avoid repeated procedures, you also want minimal scarring and a cosmetically appealing result. Unfortunately, for some African American women, getting cosmetically appealing results following a breast procedure is challenging. This is due to a higher rate of certain breast surgery complications: in particular, keloids and hypertrophic...

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21 Sep 2016
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