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Bilateral Mastectomy Surgery, Seven Years Later: Nancy Stordahl Reflects
10 Jun 2017

Bilateral Mastectomy Surgery, Seven Years Later: Nancy Stordahl Reflects

Today we welcome blogger Nancy Stordahl, author of Getting Past the Fear:  A Guide to Help You Mentally Prepare for Chemotherapy, Cancer Was Not a Gift: A Memoir About Cancer as I Know It and Facing Your Mastectomy & Making Reconstruction Decisions. Nancy shares about her experience with bilateral mastectomy surgery.   A Quiet Remembrance It’s been seven years since my bilateral mastectomy. Seven years! As the date...

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In Search of a Cure for Metastatic Breast Cancer: Accelerating Research
31 May 2017

In Search of a Cure for Metastatic Breast Cancer: Accelerating Research

To close out our May focus on legislative activism, we welcome this guest post by Josh Newby, co-founder of Theresa’s Research Foundation. He explains the importance of participating in and supporting research on metastatic breast cancer, and what his organization does to help find a cure for metastatic breast cancer. Unknown to many, the leading killer of women aged 20-59 is metastatic breast cancer (MBC)....

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Breast Reconstruction Insurance: Physician Shares What You Need to Know
13 May 2017

Breast Reconstruction Insurance: Physician Shares What You Need to Know

Today we welcome Cristiane Ueno, MD. She shares important, but not widely known, information related to breast reconstruction insurance. Thank you, Docter Ueno!   How much do you know about the “Women’s Health and Care Rights Act (WHCRA)” of 1998?   Federal Law Requires Insurance Companies to Cover Breast Reconstruction The WHCRA was signed into law on October 21, 1998, and states that group health...

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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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Hey BRCA-Positive Young Women: FORCE Is With You!
30 Mar 2017

Hey BRCA-Positive Young Women: FORCE Is With You!

To close our Young Survivor’s month, we welcome this post by Teri Woodhull. She volunteers for the group, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered). FORCE is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers. Teri shares her experience with choosing a preventative mastectomy and as a young ovarian cancer survivor. She explains how FORCE can help BRCA-positive young...

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How I’m Taking the Reins on My Family History of Breast Cancer
22 Mar 2017

How I’m Taking the Reins on My Family History of Breast Cancer

Today we welcome Brandi Forbes as a guest author. With a family history of breast cancer, even as a young teen she was fully aware of what could happen to her. Here’s her story and her encouragement for other young women who are walking in her shoes. Thanks, Brandi!   Cancer has been an unwelcome member of my family for as long as I can remember....

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Breast Reconstruction Specialist Weighs in on Timing of Reconstruction
06 Mar 2017

Breast Reconstruction Specialist Weighs in on Timing of Reconstruction

Today we happily welcome Dr. Thomas Lam, a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a breast reconstruction specialist. In this post, he offers a few key insights on choosing between immediate and delayed reconstruction. Dr. Lam recently published a great study on women’s breast reconstruction preferences, and so we’re sure you’ll appreciate his expertise!   Increasingly around the world and especially in the US,...

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Now or Later? Post-Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction Surgeon Shares Her Thoughts
27 Feb 2017

Now or Later? Post-Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction Surgeon Shares Her Thoughts

This week we eagerly welcome Dr. Natalie Ngan as a guest writer. She shares her thoughts about immediate versus delayed breast reconstruction. A Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) since May 2010, Dr. Ngan is specially trained as a breast reconstruction surgeon and has the ability to perform reconstruction with autologous tissue (with or without microsurgery), as well as with tissue expansion and implant-based reconstruction....

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Don’t Forget to Ask This When You Prepare for Mastectomy: Advocate Shares Story and Advice
23 Feb 2017

Don’t Forget to Ask This When You Prepare for Mastectomy: Advocate Shares Story and Advice

We’re so grateful to Terri Coutee for sharing her story and advice on how to prepare for mastectomy! Terri had a wonderful experience with delayed DIEP flap breast reconstruction. She now advocates for education on this topic. You can read more about her and her organization at the end of her story.   I’m a two-time breast cancer survivor who had delayed breast reconstruction. I...

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After Mastectomy Surgery: Kelly Nemecek Shares the Second Half of Her Journey
12 Feb 2017

After Mastectomy Surgery: Kelly Nemecek Shares the Second Half of Her Journey

On the last day of January, our breast cancer screening month, Kelly Nemecek shared the beginning of her journey with breast cancer. Kelly now joins us to explain what choices she made after mastectomy surgery.   The thing I thought I would fear most (besides dying of course) was losing my hair. When it was coming out by the handful I had Tomas buzz it...

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