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Why Talking About Breast Cancer is Crucial for African American Women
18 Aug 2017

Why Talking About Breast Cancer is Crucial for African American Women

Today we welcome Rhonda M. Smith, founder of Breast Cancer Partner. Breast Cancer Partner helps breast cancer patients to recover by introducing them to a holistic approach to their treatment. The holistic approach includes strategies for nutrition, exercise, and stress relief. This is in addition to following the traditional medical treatments for breast cancer. Here, Rhonda shares her thoughts about racial disparities regarding breast cancer. She...

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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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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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Final Thoughts to Close Our Breast Cancer Screening Month
31 Jan 2017

Final Thoughts to Close Our Breast Cancer Screening Month

On this last day of our breast cancer screening month, Kelly Nemecek shares the beginning of her journey. She’ll share more next week as we shift our focus to breast reconstruction decisions. April 4, 2015 is my personal date which will live in infamy.  My husband Tomas was leaving for a three week trip to Nepal and my twelve-year-old daughter and I were looking forward to...

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