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.


Our January 2017 Focus: Early Breast Cancer Detection
10 Jan 2017

Our January 2017 Focus: Early Breast Cancer Detection

Here’s one of the most important questions you can ask yourself in 2017, and it relates well to our focus of early breast cancer detection this month . . . Have you scheduled your mammogram yet?   Make Early Breast Cancer Detection a Priority The start of a new year seems the perfect time to focus on early detection. It’s one of the most important...

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What is a Mammogram Like? We’ve Got Answers!
07 Jan 2017

What is a Mammogram Like? We’ve Got Answers!

What is a mammogram like, exactly? How do they work? What can you expect? How can you prepare? We’ve got all the answers right here, and we also dispel some common myths. Mammograms are one of those things that are seen as a necessary evil. Many regard the procedure as being uncomfortable. I mean, let’s face it, most of us aren’t overjoyed at the prospect of...

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With Breast Cancer, Giving Can Still Bring Joy
12 Dec 2016

With Breast Cancer, Giving Can Still Bring Joy

The holidays are looming. Many of us are rushing around trying to get gifts for friends and family. Others of us are trying to find places to volunteer this year. Some of us are just trying to think of small ways to help others. Regardless of what holiday you celebrate, you’re likely getting into the “giving spirit.” But with breast cancer, how can we give...

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Coping With Breast Cancer During the Holidays: Finding Your Joy
06 Dec 2016

Coping With Breast Cancer During the Holidays: Finding Your Joy

Cancer sucks, and finding any kind of joy may seem impossible, but emotions are more than the words that describe them. They’re pure physical sensations that we experience all the time. When coping with breast cancer, joy might seem so far from any emotion you might be feeling. However, when it’s possible to find some kind of joy in life it can change your outlook...

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Showing Love To a Woman With Breast Cancer: Experts Weigh In
17 Nov 2016

Showing Love To a Woman With Breast Cancer: Experts Weigh In

We’ve written several articles about loving yourself and finding support in the past. We have articles about support groups, counselors and psychologists, and grief. But what if you aren’t the one with breast cancer? What if it’s a woman in your life that you love? Maybe a close friend or wife. Maybe she’s your mother, daughter, or sister. A woman with breast cancer needs plenty...

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Breast Cancer Paperwork: How to Manage it
12 Nov 2016

Breast Cancer Paperwork: How to Manage it

During your breast cancer and reconstruction journey, you’ll likely amass a small forest’s worth of medical papers. Managing breast cancer paperwork may seem unnecessary. But they often include important information about your insurance, bills, and a huge range of other medical areas. Holding onto these papers is one part of dealing with them. It won’t do you any good to have piles of medical papers...

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ITC Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2016: Support and Voices of Love
01 Oct 2016

ITC Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2016: Support and Voices of Love

The weather is beginning to crisp up, the leaves are starting to fall and the color pink is everywhere. That can mean only one thing…it must be October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. October is the month set aside to remember and honor almost three million survivors whose lives have been touched by this disease, and remind all women that early detection is the strongest...

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Breast Cancer Retreat for African American Women: Sistas Rock!
25 Sep 2016

Breast Cancer Retreat for African American Women: Sistas Rock!

We’ve highlighted a few breast cancer retreats on this blog before. These retreats typically include women of all races and varying ages and are great ways to connect with other women who are dealing with the same struggle you are. However, many African American women find that certain retreats do not fully provide them with the complete sense of sisterhood that they want. Fortunately, the African...

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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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