I'm Taking Charge: Life After Breast Cancer

I’m Taking Charge – Life After Breast Cancer

Whether you face a new or old breast cancer diagnosis, whether you will have breast surgery tomorrow or had it ten years ago, we’re here to support you as you take charge of your life after a breast cancer diagnosis. Of course, by “after breast cancer,” we don’t mean life in which no fear of breast cancer exists. We don’t even mean a life in which no tumors exist.  However, as your breast cancer diagnosis become older and older news to you, we hope this page will be a resource for you in your long-term journey. Check back often as we deal with many of the challenges that life after a breast cancer diagnosis includes. Join in the conversation, comment, and share with us the things that have helped you discover your new normal.


After Breast Cancer, I Just Want to Feel Normal
20 Jun 2017

After Breast Cancer, I Just Want to Feel Normal

If you haven’t been through a breast cancer diagnosis and mastectomy, you can’t really understand the upheaval that happens to your life. Because after breast cancer, your emotions change, your body image changes, and the peace in your life is turned upside down. All those doubts and fears don’t go away at the end of treatment, or after the recovery from breast reconstruction. So, where...

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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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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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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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Getting an “A” in Reality 101: College Students and Breast Cancer
13 Mar 2017

Getting an “A” in Reality 101: College Students and Breast Cancer

As you may already know, college is a stressful but exciting time. It presents plenty of new challenges and exposure to more people, views and activities. However, if you’re dealing with breast cancer at a young age, the natural appeal of college can disappear. When we talk about young women and breast cancer, we often focus on women between the ages of 25 and 39. But this...

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