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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.

Breast Cancer Mortality Among Black Women: From Worry to Hope
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Breast Cancer Mortality Among Black Women: From Worry to Hope

As you may know, we’re focusing on breast cancer’s impact on African American women this month, in collaboration with Black Women’s Health Imperative. African American women have a troubling connection to breast cancer. This is due to their high breast cancer mortality rate, among other things. Let’s look at the causes for concern, and what is being done to address them.   Breast cancer is the most...

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08 Sep 2016
Young Black Women With Breast Cancer Find Support in Young Sisters Initiative
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Young Black Women With Breast Cancer Find Support in Young Sisters Initiative

In collaboration with Black Women’s Health Imperative, we’re focusing on African-American women and Breast Cancer this month. September is also National Childhood Cancer Awareness month, so we’re introducing you to the Young Sisters Initiative. It’s a great resource for young black women with breast cancer.   Young Sisters Initiative (YSI) is for African American women under age 45 who have breast cancer. The Sisters Network, Inc., a national organization focused on breast...

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03 Sep 2016
When Your Plastic Surgeon and Breast Surgeon Disagree
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When Your Plastic Surgeon and Breast Surgeon Disagree

“When Doctors Disagree” sounds like the title of a cheesy, faux-dramatic reality show. Unfortunately, disagreements between one’s plastic surgeon and breast surgeon can be yet another challenge in an already exhausting line of obstacles.   When you have multiple specialists and physicians, it’s not wholly unusual to receive advice and information that varies slightly. However, that doesn’t mean the situation is any less confusing for...

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31 Aug 2016
8 Common Breast Reconstruction Myths: Don’t Fall for Them!
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8 Common Breast Reconstruction Myths: Don’t Fall for Them!

You’ve struggled with breast cancer. You’ve either scheduled or had a mastectomy. You may have already dealt with chemotherapy, radiation, or any other combination of cancer treatments.   Breast reconstruction should be easy by this point, right?   Not necessarily. Breast reconstruction is a complicated procedure that requires a lot of thought regarding your personal situation and desires. Being nervous, or even fearful, about breast...

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26 Aug 2016
Treatment for Aggressive Breast Cancer: Research Reveals Promising Drug
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Treatment for Aggressive Breast Cancer: Research Reveals Promising Drug

Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is a huge hurdle on its own, but hearing that you have an aggressive form of breast cancer often makes the hurdle bigger. Aggressive forms of breast cancer are a scary thing. Not only do they often grow and spread faster than normal, they do not respond as significantly to common treatments. Thankfully, scientists are working hard to find a...

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16 Aug 2016
Recovery After Breast Surgery: Drain Dollies to the Rescue
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Recovery After Breast Surgery: Drain Dollies to the Rescue

No one likes the idea of having surgery for any reason. For many women with breast cancer, surgery is a guarantee. Coping with the idea of getting one surgery, let alone multiple, is a difficult process. It’s not only the surgery. You also have to consider lifestyle changes during recovery after breast surgery, and plan how much time you need off from work. You need...

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09 Aug 2016
Lumpectomy or Mastectomy? How to Decide
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Lumpectomy or Mastectomy? How to Decide

As part of early breast cancer treatment, you may be able to choose between a mastectomy or a lumpectomy with radiation. You may also wish that someone would just decide for you. Read on for the basics to help you decide whether to get a lumpectomy or mastectomy. Are you worrying about making the wrong choice? Are you wondering if you’ll be second-guessing your decision should the cancer...

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09 Jul 2016
Breast Cancer Spreading to Brain: Are You at Risk?
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Breast Cancer Spreading to Brain: Are You at Risk?

The fear of having cancer spread, or metastasize, is very common among women with breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer, also referred to as advanced or stage IV breast cancer, happens to about 20-30% of women with breast cancer. Roughly five percent of women in the United States are first diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. In most other cases, it occurs months or years after treatment...

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06 Jul 2016
Reduce Hair Loss from Chemotherapy with DigniCap®
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Reduce Hair Loss from Chemotherapy with DigniCap®

Hair is an important part of the body for many women. It is a means of expression and sharing uniqueness. Hair loss from chemotherapy is like the straw that broke the camel’s back. First you struggle to cope with your breast cancer diagnosis. Then you suffer the physical effects of chemotherapy and of losing one or both of your breasts. Finally, you must also deal with...

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22 Jun 2016
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