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 Cancer Mortality Among Black Women: From Worry to Hope
08 Sep 2016

Breast Cancer Mortality Among Black Women: From Worry to Hope

As you may know, we’re focusing on breast cancer’s impact on African American women this month, in collaboration with Black Women’s Health Imperative. African American women have a troubling connection to breast cancer. This is due to their high breast cancer mortality rate, among other things. Let’s look at the causes for concern, and what is being done to address them.   Breast cancer is the most...

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ITC September Focus: African-American Breast Cancer Awareness
01 Sep 2016

ITC September Focus: African-American Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among Black women, and the second leading cause of death for Black women. – Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI)   During 2016, says Komen, physicians will diagnose around 30,700 new cases of breast cancer among African-American women. The numbers don’t seem to be getting much better over the years either.     On a positive note, Komen reports that...

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10 Tips to Help You Look and Feel Good During Breast Cancer
26 Aug 2016

10 Tips to Help You Look and Feel Good During Breast Cancer

Breast cancer can rob a woman of her femininity. As silly as it sounds, beauty and fashion can help a woman regain her identity and her confidence. Do small things to make yourself feel and look a bit more “normal,” along with a bit of well-deserved pampering. It really does help with our confidence and general well-being. Cancer treatments can affect your complexion, hair, nails,...

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Swimming After Mastectomy: Interview With Athlete Diagnosed at Age 49
20 Aug 2016

Swimming After Mastectomy: Interview With Athlete Diagnosed at Age 49

What an amazing month it’s been for the US Olympic swim team! Looking for some inspiration? Check out Simone Manuel. She made history as the first black woman to win not only one, but two individual gold medals. Look to gold medalist Katie Ledecky (called the “greatest athlete in the world by far” by a Mayo researcher). Her unbelievable endurance makes other Olympic swimmers look like...

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Breastfeeding After Breast Cancer: 8 Facts to Get You Through World Breastfeeding Month
01 Aug 2016

Breastfeeding After Breast Cancer: 8 Facts to Get You Through World Breastfeeding Month

Have you noticed yet? This week is World Breastfeeding Week. August is National Breastfeeding Month. The ads, quotes, and informative articles are already blanketing social media. Are you dealing with breast cancer and hope to have children someday? This is another time when it’s important to take things with a grain of salt. You might be thinking, “If I hear one more time how formula...

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Breast Reconstruction Recovery: Healthy Food Helps
16 Jul 2016

Breast Reconstruction Recovery: Healthy Food Helps

The way you eat can affect how you recover. It has been shown that good nutrition can have a major influence on the results and success of any surgery. A diet that will help heal and keep a woman healthy before and after breast reconstruction should contain a combination of protein, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and carbohydrates. These eight diet tips will help you...

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17 Things You Need for Reconstructive Breast Surgery
14 Jul 2016

17 Things You Need for Reconstructive Breast Surgery

“How will I ever figure out what I need before my reconstructive breast surgery?” Let’s make a list by gathering all the best tips together in one place. A checklist will ease the tsunami of thoughts that flood the mind before any major surgery. Hopefully by making this list it will help create a feeling of comfort and control by being as well prepared as...

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Breast Cancer Spreading to Brain: Are You at Risk?
06 Jul 2016

Breast Cancer Spreading to Brain: Are You at Risk?

The fear of having cancer spread, or metastasize, is very common among women with breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer, also referred to as advanced or stage IV breast cancer, happens to about 20-30% of women with breast cancer. Roughly five percent of women in the United States are first diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. In most other cases, it occurs months or years after treatment...

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Breast Cancer Meditations: If I’ve Said It Once…
25 Jun 2016

Breast Cancer Meditations: If I’ve Said It Once…

Hear that little voice? Is it saying… “I judge myself by my own standards of success. I wake up today with strength in my heart, and clarity in my mind”? Do you use positive cancer meditations? Can there be such a thing?   Can affirmations be used to train your mind to help your body heal and become healthy? There is a small but growing school...

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