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.


Feeling Overwhelmed:  Counselors and Psychologists
16 Jan 2016

Feeling Overwhelmed: Counselors and Psychologists

Women are strong. That’s a fact! We’re used to handling a lot. We’ve learned to roll with the punches and face hundreds of challenges on a daily basis. We successfully juggle homes, school, families, careers, and our emotional well-being. We leap tall buildings in a single bound, we’re lovers and soulmates, we’re mothers and kissers of boo-boos, we’re best friends and confidants, we’re sisters, we’re independent...

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Breast Cancer Activism:  Reaching Out Beyond the Pain
11 Nov 2015

Breast Cancer Activism: Reaching Out Beyond the Pain

Receiving a cancer diagnosis shakes you to the core and it may feel like you will never pick yourself back up. While it is very true that a battle with cancer will change your life forever, you can choose whether to use your experience to empower others with the strength you have gained, or whether to dwell on your losses and suffering. When in the midst of this pain,...

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Breast Cancer Activism:  More Then Just a Pink Ribbon!
23 Oct 2015

Breast Cancer Activism: More Then Just a Pink Ribbon!

As we are well into Breast Cancer Awareness Month, what better way to finish it off than to think of ways to work for change, both this month and beyond? Taking action can be a great outlet and is empowering, whether you have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer or you are a survivor. Most people have some knowledge of the classic pink ribbon walkathons and runs that are prevalent...

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Breast Cancer Activism: Empower Others While Healing Yourself
08 Oct 2015

Breast Cancer Activism: Empower Others While Healing Yourself

When Kate Pisano discovered she had breast cancer, she had many reasons to feel helpless. Not only did she now have a serious disease to contend with, she had also recently been through a painful divorce and was a single, working mother with two teenage sons. She chose to do her treatments at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD, after researching the best treatment options. Once...

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Living with Breast Cancer: Lymphedema
04 Sep 2015

Living with Breast Cancer: Lymphedema

Lymphatic swelling: a common side effect of breast cancer surgery Lymphedema is the continual swelling or feeling of fullness, usually in the different extremities, as a result of a blockage in the lymphatic system. This blockage prevents lymphatic fluid from draining efficiently from the affected limb. There are two main types of lymphedema, based on their causes: primary and acquired. Primary lymphedema is often hereditary...

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Breast Surgery: What to Expect
04 Sep 2015

Breast Surgery: What to Expect

Throughout your adolescent and adult years, you may have felt your breasts were a symbol of your womanhood. You may feel overwhelmed, discouraged, or frightened listening to your physician discuss disfiguring or removing one or both breasts entirely. Deciding which procedure to undergo wreaks havoc on your emotions, often raising a lot of fear and doubt about the surgical process. If you are not given a...

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I Have Breast Cancer; Where Do I Start?
04 Sep 2015

I Have Breast Cancer; Where Do I Start?

WOW, breast cancer. If you’re reading this, then you are searching for answers about all things breast cancer. You may have been diagnosed with cancer or you may have learned of a genetic predisposition and gathering as much information as possible. You may be a family member, spouse, or a great friend helping someone who has been diagnosed. No matter the reason, you are here...

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Getting a Second Opinion?
03 Sep 2015

Getting a Second Opinion?

You’ve seen the test results, discussed treatment options with your physician, and asked a million questions. Yet there is still something nagging at you. And by now you’ve had more advice from physicians, friends, and family than you can possibly process. Add to that all the research you’re doing, and that mountain of information just reached amazing heights. Yet that little doubt keeps telling you...

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