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.


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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Reduce Hair Loss from Chemotherapy with DigniCap®
22 Jun 2016

Reduce Hair Loss from Chemotherapy with DigniCap®

Hair is an important part of the body for many women. It is a means of expression and sharing uniqueness. Hair loss from chemotherapy is like the straw that broke the camel’s back. First you struggle to cope with your breast cancer diagnosis. Then you suffer the physical effects of chemotherapy and of losing one or both of your breasts. Finally, you must also deal with...

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Men and Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know
16 Jun 2016

Men and Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know

For many members of today’s society, hearing the term “breast cancer” brings up images of women wearing pink, or women wearing head scarves. Breast cancer is often seen as a woman’s disease, and, by and large, it is. But women are not always the only ones who are faced with this horrible challenge. Given that this week is National Men’s Health Week, we thought it...

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Breast Cancer Beauty: Mayo Psychologist Shares Wisdom on Self-Esteem
04 Jun 2016

Breast Cancer Beauty: Mayo Psychologist Shares Wisdom on Self-Esteem

Body image concerns after breast cancer are normal. Body-changing surgery can certainly affect how one looks and feels. Cancer treatment is no friend to self esteem. Wanting or needing to feel “normal” again is a justified desire. Here we offer some psychological tips and wisdom about breast cancer beauty from both research and from our interview with psychologist Steven Ames of the Mayo Clinic Breast...

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Breast Cancer and Exercise: Experts Offer Advice
14 May 2016

Breast Cancer and Exercise: Experts Offer Advice

Breast cancer and exercise, for healing? Exercise during the cancer treatment period reduces depression and fatigue. It may offer more benefits as well. Some researchers claim that physical activity, like aerobic exercise, offer more than a psychological impact. A growing number of physicians and researchers believe that people who remain physically active during treatment are more likely to beat cancer.   The American College of Sports Medicine...

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