Susan J.Z. Barnes, Author at ITC

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Susan J.Z. Barnes

A former cast member of Disney World for 11 years, Susan now lives life with her dog in a quiet town along the Gulf of Mexico. She is grateful to work with I'm Taking Charge, helping to provide relevant information to women on a topic that society often doesn't discuss much.

DIEP Flap Reconstruction: Jen’s Story
in Reconstruction Stories

DIEP Flap Reconstruction: Jen’s Story

A few days before Jen’s birthday in April of 2013, she was diagnosed with cancer in both of her breasts. Her husband picked her up, and they went home and cried, grappling with all the emotions a breast cancer diagnosis brings. At the time, their daughter was not quite 3 years old. As the shock lessened, Jen was determined to do whatever she needed to...

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27 Jun 2016
Nipple and Areola Reconstruction — The Final Step
in I'm Taking Back - Breast Reconstruction Options, Nipple Reconstruction

Nipple and Areola Reconstruction — The Final Step

Regardless of the method a woman chooses, nipple and areola reconstruction can help a breast cancer patient feel comfortable with her new breasts. For women who’ve faced breast cancer, nipple reconstruction is one more way to take charge.   The nice thing about nipple/areola reconstruction is there’s no urgency–a woman can make the choice whenever she’s ready. Some women find they are content without having...

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20 Feb 2016
Cleaning for a Reason
in We're Taking Charge Together

Cleaning for a Reason

I write about breast cancer every day, and sometimes my writing space and non-writing space blend together. Recently, while perusing Facebook, I noticed a post about an organization called Cleaning for a Reason. I read the blurb and then connected to their Facebook page. As I absorbed the information, I was astounded to discover this non-profit organization actually provides free cleaning services to women who...

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11 Feb 2016
Following Her Gut: From Diagnosis to Reconstruction
in Reconstruction Stories

Following Her Gut: From Diagnosis to Reconstruction

Karen Bennett’s Story What happens when you feel something’s not right, but your doctor tells you it’s nothing to worry about? And this goes on for two years? You take charge! In 1995, when Karen Bennett was 35 years old, she took advantage of a free baseline mammogram offered during Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the hospital where she worked. The results were fine, and...

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01 Feb 2016
Feeling Overwhelmed:  Counselors and Psychologists
in I'm Taking Charge - Life After Breast Cancer

Feeling Overwhelmed: Counselors and Psychologists

Women are strong. That’s a fact! We’re used to handling a lot. We’ve learned to roll with the punches and face hundreds of challenges on a daily basis. We successfully juggle homes, school, families, careers, and our emotional well-being. We leap tall buildings in a single bound, we’re lovers and soulmates, we’re mothers and kissers of boo-boos, we’re best friends and confidants, we’re sisters, we’re independent...

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16 Jan 2016
How One Globe-Trotting Grandmother Faced Her Breast Cancer
in Reconstruction Stories

How One Globe-Trotting Grandmother Faced Her Breast Cancer

From Diagnosis to Reconstruction   Sometimes society holds stereotypes, imagining the quiet, meek woman who slowly falls ill with frightening diseases like cancer. We rarely expect the active, fit, and healthy to show up as sick. Yet, Vicki Lucas reminds us that breast cancer is not limited by lifestyles or stereotypes.   Living on the outskirts of Salt Lake City, Utah, Vicki is a busy...

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30 Dec 2015