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.


African American Women With Breast Cancer Find Support in Women of Essence
10 Aug 2017

African American Women With Breast Cancer Find Support in Women of Essence

As part of this month’s focus on African American women and breast cancer, I’m Taking Charge is pleased to welcome some words from Gloria Harmon. Gloria is the founder of Women of Essence Breast Cancer Support Group. Women of Essence assists African American women with breast cancer who live in south central California. Gloria’s work with this group is an excellent example of how one...

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African American Women and Breast Cancer: Our August Focus
01 Aug 2017

African American Women and Breast Cancer: Our August Focus

I’m Taking Charge focuses attention on the racial disparity in prevention, treatment and mortality rates that still exist in the African American community when it comes to breast cancer. This month our articles will highlight funding issues and a diabetes prevention program that can help African American women reduce the risk of breast cancer. We’ll also take a look at a type of highly aggressive...

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The 5 Biggest Breast Cancer/Breast Reconstruction Breakthroughs of 2017 (So Far)
31 Jul 2017

The 5 Biggest Breast Cancer/Breast Reconstruction Breakthroughs of 2017 (So Far)

According to the U.S. Office of Patents Commissioner (in the year 1899), “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” He must be rolling over in his grave! Nowadays, every year seems to bring with it countless new inventions, discoveries, and breakthroughs. This year is no different. So far, it’s already brought us the discovery of the first known fluorescent frog. It’s brought medical breakthroughs...

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Our Mastectomy Results: Mother/Daughter Patients Tell It Like It Is
30 Jun 2017

Our Mastectomy Results: Mother/Daughter Patients Tell It Like It Is

There’s no denying that getting a mastectomy is a scary experience. Not only are you in the middle of your breast cancer journey, mastectomy results in a significant physical change. You may feel like a part of your identity is gone after a mastectomy. Or that you have lost your womanhood or aren’t sexy anymore. While these emotional challenges are certainly, well, a challenge, you can...

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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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