April 2017: Living a New Life After Breast Cancer Archives - I'm Taking Charge

April 2017: Living a New Life After Breast Cancer


Life After Breast Reconstruction: Janet Gerlach Shares Her Positive Story
06 May 2017

Life After Breast Reconstruction: Janet Gerlach Shares Her Positive Story

Today we welcome Janet Gerlach. She opted for a preventative mastectomy, and shares her positive experience with life after breast reconstruction.    I have no regrets about my decision to have a preventative double mastectomy with DIEP Flap breast reconstruction (using my belly fat and tissue to reconstruct my breasts). I now have peace of mind knowing that I took a pro-active approach to significantly lowering...

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Long-Term Breast Cancer Support:
28 Apr 2017

Long-Term Breast Cancer Support:

Throughout your breast cancer journey, you may find yourself facing a variety of challenges. While some problems are short-term and disappear after treatment, others last for a much longer time. We’ve already written about short- and long-term side effects of breast cancer treatment. And we have an article about being a rockin’ co-survivor. But what sort of long-term breast cancer support will you need?   The Importance...

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Breast Cancer and Sex: What to Expect, and What Can Help
27 Apr 2017

Breast Cancer and Sex: What to Expect, and What Can Help

Although sexual dysfunction is a common element of breast cancer, it’s rarely discussed. But these issues have a huge impact on women’s overall quality-of-life during and after breast cancer treatment. So here’s some helpful information about breast cancer and sex.   Roughly 60 percent of women below the age of 45 experience sexual dysfunction during their breast cancer treatment. This number does decrease by about...

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What We Can Learn from Athletes with Breast Cancer
21 Apr 2017

What We Can Learn from Athletes with Breast Cancer

Being physically active is part of an athlete’s life. They train on a regular basis, participate in various events, and enjoy the challenge of being competitive. Even if you don’t identify as an athlete, physical activity may still be an important part of your routine. But how can this all be affected by breast cancer? A recent in-depth study of one athlete provides insights into...

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Coping with Breast Cancer: A Counselor Shares Helpful Advice and Encouragement
19 Apr 2017

Coping with Breast Cancer: A Counselor Shares Helpful Advice and Encouragement

We know we don’t have all the answers. That’s why we reach out to professionals who have more experience and knowledge about various topics. We recently talked about adjusting to life after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis with Stacy Lewis, MSW, ACHP-SW, LMSW. The Women’s Cancers Program Coordinator at CancerCare, she provides counseling to individuals who are coping with breast cancer. She also counsels people...

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Exercising After Breast Cancer: Myths vs. Facts
14 Apr 2017

Exercising After Breast Cancer: Myths vs. Facts

Exercising after breast cancer means different things to different people. For some of us, it means being able to swim laps again. For some, to go for a walk or bike ride. And for some of us—especially during those first post-surgery weeks—it means just being able to achieve a functional range of motion in our limbs.   What’s normal? What’s safe? What can I expect?...

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Long-Term Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment: How to Prepare
13 Apr 2017

Long-Term Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment: How to Prepare

We’ve previously discussed how you can manage some of the short-term side effects of different breast cancer treatments. But there are also several long-term side effects of breast cancer that you should be aware of. The sooner you can prepare yourself for these side effects, the more your quality of life after breast cancer treatment will benefit.    That being said, it’s extremely difficult to predict...

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Making Lemons Into Pink Lemonade: Managing Short-Term Breast Cancer Side Effects
10 Apr 2017

Making Lemons Into Pink Lemonade: Managing Short-Term Breast Cancer Side Effects

You may know this already, but you may encounter a host of short-term breast cancer side effects. These side effects vary based on treatment and can be better or worse depending on each individual woman. Fortunately, there are several ways to handle some of the common side effects of breast cancer treatment. Chemotherapy Side Effects Chemotherapy is most often associated with negative short-term side effects. We’ll...

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Nine Products for Breast Cancer Patients That Will Make You Smile
05 Apr 2017

Nine Products for Breast Cancer Patients That Will Make You Smile

Over the months, we’ve highlighted several companies that make products for breast cancer patients. I can barely remember them all off the top of my head. We hardly expect you to. Since we’re focusing on facing life after breast cancer for the month of April, we decided to revisit them. We’re including a few new additions that we thought you may want to know about....

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ITC’s April 2017 Theme: Life With Breast Cancer
03 Apr 2017

ITC’s April 2017 Theme: Life With Breast Cancer

So, you’ve got breast cancer. Now what? We at I’m Taking Charge get it. You need answers, and we deliver them as best we can. We cover all aspects of life with breast cancer. We also cover your options are for treatment and breast reconstruction. But this month we’re really digging in. Instead of reporting on a handful of topics related to breast cancer and...

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