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Saying NO to Artificial Breast Implants Is Now Easier for Nebraskan Women
in Autologous Reconstruction, I'm Taking Back - Breast Reconstruction Options

Saying NO to Artificial Breast Implants Is Now Easier for Nebraskan Women

In late 2016, Omaha, Nebraska scored big points for women. It became a site for a type of microvascular flap surgery for breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Creighton Medical Center offered it first. It uses a woman’s own tissue, instead of artificial breast implants, to reconstruct her breasts. Therefore, many women who seek the most natural look and feel after a mastectomy choose it. Yet until now,...

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27 Feb 2017
I’ll Expand My Own Breasts, Thank You! New AeroForm® Breast Expander Hits US Shores
in We're Taking Charge Together

I’ll Expand My Own Breasts, Thank You! New AeroForm® Breast Expander Hits US Shores

Here at I’m Taking Charge, we love to share news about organizations and products that can benefit you during your breast cancer journey. The AeroForm® Tissue Expander System just became available in the United States. Here’s the scoop on this great new breast expander option. It reduces both the time and pain typically associated with reconstruction!   What’s Different About the AeroForm® System? Unlike other tissue...

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19 Feb 2017
Screening for Breast Cancer During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding: Risks vs. Benefits
in I'm Taking Charge - Life After Breast Cancer

Screening for Breast Cancer During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding: Risks vs. Benefits

I’m forty-one years old, my toddler is almost weaned, and I’m newly pregnant. A mammogram is the last thing on my mind. However, I keep getting email reminders that I’m overdue for one. And I’m going to take action because I know that in my case, screening for breast cancer during pregnancy could save my life.   I’m not taking action only because of what I...

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24 Jan 2017
Voices of Love 2016: Week 2 Winner!
in October 2016 Focus: Voices of Love

Voices of Love 2016: Week 2 Winner!

Congratulations to Kim, the week two winner of our Voices of Love contest! She writes, “My grandmother said that she had been on so many journeys, and this was just another, with a bit of a bumpy detour.” Kim went on to share her grandmother’s helpful perspective:   Do you have words of advice, encouragement, or love for those who are in the midst of...

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23 Oct 2016
2016 Voices of Love Winners: Week 1
in October 2016 Focus: Voices of Love, We're Taking Charge Together

2016 Voices of Love Winners: Week 1

Thanks if you entered our Voices of Love contest last week! Remember, you can enter each week of October to win a box of pink macaroons. Help us encourage those going through breast cancer or reconstruction with your words of advice, encouragement, and/or love! Click here for more info. Now, for our Voices of Love winners from week 1:   Terri Terri is a two time breast...

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12 Oct 2016
ITC’s Most Encouraging Words of 2016
in October 2016 Focus: Voices of Love, We're Taking Charge Together

ITC’s Most Encouraging Words of 2016

We’ve featured some great stories this year. Stories of survivors, supporters, and breast reconstruction have graced the pages of our blog. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, and in line with our Voices of Love campaign, we thought we’d take a few minutes to share the best of the best. Read on to hear our most encouraging words of 2016!   Most Selfless Words...

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05 Oct 2016
2016 Voices of Love Contest: Encourage Women and Win Pink Macaroons
in October 2016 Focus: Voices of Love, We're Taking Charge Together

2016 Voices of Love Contest: Encourage Women and Win Pink Macaroons

Can you believe that 1 in 8 women and their families are affected by breast cancer? That’s a higher percent of people than are left handed, play Pokémon Go, or own a pet fish.   Awareness is important. At I’m Taking Charge, we urge all women to get their mammograms, to live a healthy lifestyle, and to get tested for the “breast cancer” gene.   However, support is also important. One...

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04 Oct 2016
Breast Cancer and Black Women: Looking Back and Ahead
in African American Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer and Black Women: Looking Back and Ahead

The days are getting shorter. In the northern Midwest where I live, whispers of the winter chill are in the air. Children are replacing flip-flops with sneakers and the hoodie is again a wardrobe essential. Summer has ended. So is I’m Taking Charge’s September collaboration with the Black Women’s Health Imperative. What have we learned about breast cancer and Black women? Where will we go...

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29 Sep 2016
African Americans and Breast Cancer, Reconstruction: How to Beat the System and Get Great Care
in African American Breast Cancer Awareness

African Americans and Breast Cancer, Reconstruction: How to Beat the System and Get Great Care

Compared to whites, African American women in the US receive sub-par medical treatment. It’s one reason the Black Women’s Health Imperative (which we’re partnering with this month) exists. Less than one hundred years ago, researchers began documenting cases of discrimination at health care facilities. One of the earliest cases was that of Juliette Derricotte, an international lecturer and university dean. After a a car accident in 1931...

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26 Sep 2016
Swimming After Mastectomy: Interview With Athlete Diagnosed at Age 49
in I'm Taking Charge - Life After Breast Cancer

Swimming After Mastectomy: Interview With Athlete Diagnosed at Age 49

What an amazing month it’s been for the US Olympic swim team! Looking for some inspiration? Check out Simone Manuel. She made history as the first black woman to win not only one, but two individual gold medals. Look to gold medalist Katie Ledecky (called the “greatest athlete in the world by far” by a Mayo researcher). Her unbelievable endurance makes other Olympic swimmers look like...

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20 Aug 2016
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