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.


Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day: Stories and Support
18 Oct 2017

Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day: Stories and Support

Our mission at ITC is to help women navigate through their breast cancer journey. In many cases, the journey includes choosing whether or not to reconstruct. To help with this choice, we offer stories and informative articles. Today is Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day. Organizations all over the world are participating by holding BRA Day events. So we’re highlighting some of our most popular stories and...

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Breast Cancer and Depression: 7 Helps for #MentalHealthDay
10 Oct 2017

Breast Cancer and Depression: 7 Helps for #MentalHealthDay

Today is World Mental Health Day. Have you experienced a mental health problem like depression? If you have breast cancer, you may, unfortunately, succumb to it at some point in your journey. Friends and family members may also be affected by the depression of another. During breast cancer awareness month, we at ITC wanted to point out the link between breast cancer and depression. For example,...

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Contemplating Lumpectomy vs. Mastectomy? Expert Surgeon Tells All
04 Oct 2017

Contemplating Lumpectomy vs. Mastectomy? Expert Surgeon Tells All

Are you newly diagnosed and trying to weigh the pros and cons of lumpectomy vs. mastectomy? Maybe you didn’t have a choice, and want to understand more about your surgery. Or maybe you’re considering reconstruction.   It would be nice to sit down with your oncologist or breast surgeon to go over all the details of the procedures. However, sometimes there just isn’t time. And...

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Your Post-Breast Cancer Body: How to Accept and Embrace It
03 Oct 2017

Your Post-Breast Cancer Body: How to Accept and Embrace It

The body changes after breast cancer. There’s no denying that. You may feel that your body is now completely foreign. Or your self-esteem and body image may take a nosedive. While these may be normal experiences, they don’t have to control the rest of your life. You are still beautiful and your new post-breast cancer body deserves love.   But how do you get from...

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No Breast Reconstruction: Why Going Flat May Be Your Only Choice
21 Sep 2017

No Breast Reconstruction: Why Going Flat May Be Your Only Choice

It’s likely that you’ve already heard about breast reconstruction. Our blog does discuss it quite a bit, after all. You may have even talked to your cancer team about it. But what if they say “no breast reconstruction for you”? When so many other women can get breast reconstruction, why are you unable to? Unfortunately, reconstruction isn’t an option for everyone. And in this article, we...

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Reflections on Going Flat: Whole Without Breasts
08 Sep 2017

Reflections on Going Flat: Whole Without Breasts

This week, as part of our September focus on going flat, we welcome Rebecca Pine. A talented writer and advocate for women with breast cancer, Rebecca shares her experience as a young mother who faced mastectomy. She also touches on the inspiration for The Breast and the Sea (follow the link or see the end of this article for details on this project).   It Took...

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What is Inflammatory Breast Cancer, and Why African American Women Need to Know
31 Aug 2017

What is Inflammatory Breast Cancer, and Why African American Women Need to Know

Often times, it’s easier to say “breast cancer” instead of talking about a specific type of breast cancer. That’s because there are so many types that it can be difficult to wrap your head around it. There’s DCIS, metastatic breast cancer, and male breast cancer. But sometimes specific types have a large impact on women. Especially women of varying races. This, unfortunately, is the case...

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Hey Diabetes and Breast Cancer: CYL2 Strikes and You’re Out!
24 Aug 2017

Hey Diabetes and Breast Cancer: CYL2 Strikes and You’re Out!

Breast cancer affects women of different races in varying ways. According to the CDC, breast cancer rates are highest among white women and African American women. This is followed by women who are Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native. Unfortunately, African American women with breast cancer are more likely to die than all other races. There are many reasons for why this occurs, and...

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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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