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.


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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Life After Breast Cancer? It’s Not Over Yet.
30 Mar 2016

Life After Breast Cancer? It’s Not Over Yet.

Until I can tell my daughters that there is a cure, I will not be cancer free. “It’s an imperfect science.”  That is what my physician told me during one of my lengthy appointments, while we were trying to decide upon the best course of treatment for me. While the uncertainty might upset some, for me it was comforting. I find the truth comforting.  Here...

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Feeling Overwhelmed: Nurse and Patient Navigators
12 Mar 2016

Feeling Overwhelmed: Nurse and Patient Navigators

Independently navigating the healthcare system can be a challenge some days without a breast cancer diagnosis. When you are trying to balance the information and emotions that accompany a breast cancer diagnosis, the process can seem like an impossible feat. It’s normal to feel out of control and overwhelmed after receiving such a diagnosis. However, this does not mean you are powerless to take back...

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Breast Cancer & Reconstruction Terms to Know
05 Mar 2016

Breast Cancer & Reconstruction Terms to Know

Hearing the words “you have breast cancer” solemnly uttered by your doctor is a devastating blow. It may leave you feeling helpless and confused. However, there are things you can do to take charge of your care. Learning and coming to understand different breast cancer terms a is a simple way of making it easier to understand what you will be experiencing over the next...

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Breast Cancer Recurrence: Will the Breast Cancer Come Back?
27 Feb 2016

Breast Cancer Recurrence: Will the Breast Cancer Come Back?

Unfortunately, as you have probably already faced and realized, there are no guarantees when we discuss breast cancer. Your breast surgeon will remove all visible and known cancerous tissue, but there are not tests to detect the small clusters of cancerous cells that have not yet grown into tumors. Occasionally, one or a few of these cells do survive surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. The fact...

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Feeling Overwhelmed: Support Groups
13 Feb 2016

Feeling Overwhelmed: Support Groups

After a breast cancer diagnosis, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. There is so much to process: a roller-coaster of emotions, a barrage of information and choices to make, and an uncertain future. Often this is all accompanied by a massive sense of helplessness in the face of the massive challenges ahead and a feeling that no one around you understands. For this reason, support groups...

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Titles and Roles of the Different Members of My Medical Team
23 Jan 2016

Titles and Roles of the Different Members of My Medical Team

Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is earth shattering in so many ways. In addition to the emotional and physical trauma, the stress of navigating the system and learning about your options only adds to the overwhelming feelings of helplessness.   Of course, you have probably heard that “knowledge is power.” This is especially true after a diagnosis. Knowing what to expect and understanding your options...

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