Taking Charge Together - Breast Cancer News & Support

We’re Taking Charge Together

We curate the breast reconstruction and breast cancer news to bring you what we consider the best. An uplifting story, a new company impacting the lives of the breast cancer community, a significant cancer discovery, or a new breast reconstruction option made available–whatever it is, we want to keep you posted on the things we’re reading and on the incredible members of the breast cancer community who are making a difference. Breast cancer treatments and breast reconstruction methods change every day. In a single scientific finding, a controversy may be started and debates ensue that can change the standard of care or even national policy. New breast cancer support organizations and businesses form that can make the difference between surviving and thriving in the months following a diagnosis. Knowing the latest means knowing your options and your rights. Join our conversations here, comment, and share the news and breast cancer community resources that interests you. We’re a team here.


Breast Reconstruction Insurance: Physician Shares What You Need to Know
13 May 2017

Breast Reconstruction Insurance: Physician Shares What You Need to Know

Today we welcome Cristiane Ueno, MD. She shares important, but not widely known, information related to breast reconstruction insurance. Thank you, Docter Ueno!   How much do you know about the “Women’s Health and Care Rights Act (WHCRA)” of 1998?   Federal Law Requires Insurance Companies to Cover Breast Reconstruction The WHCRA was signed into law on October 21, 1998, and states that group health...

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Breast Cancer Legislation: How We Got Where We Are Now
03 May 2017

Breast Cancer Legislation: How We Got Where We Are Now

At I’m Taking Charge, we look forward to the day when all women will have the opportunity to be fully informed about all aspects of breast cancer. This includes information about effective detection and treatment, and about safe and affordable options for reconstruction. It also includes information about proven strategies for prevention and a flourishing post-treatment lifestyle. This month, we’re highlighting the efforts of individuals...

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Young Breast Cancer Survivor “Digs in Her Heels,” Talks Hope and Advice
28 Mar 2017

Young Breast Cancer Survivor “Digs in Her Heels,” Talks Hope and Advice

We’ve covered a lot about young women with breast cancer this month—from how to be an awesome co-survivor to dealing with breast cancer while in college. While these contain important information about young women and breast cancer, they do lack something: personal experience! So for today, we’re bringing you an amazing and insightful interview with Karla Baptiste, a young breast cancer survivor who’s become quite the inspiration.   Breast...

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I’ll Expand My Own Breasts, Thank You! New AeroForm® Breast Expander Hits US Shores
19 Feb 2017

I’ll Expand My Own Breasts, Thank You! New AeroForm® Breast Expander Hits US Shores

Here at I’m Taking Charge, we love to share news about organizations and products that can benefit you during your breast cancer journey. The AeroForm® Tissue Expander System just became available in the United States. Here’s the scoop on this great new breast expander option. It reduces both the time and pain typically associated with reconstruction!   What’s Different About the AeroForm® System? Unlike other tissue...

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Kim Sport, Part 2: Louisiana’s Newest Breast Reconstruction Law
09 Nov 2016

Kim Sport, Part 2: Louisiana’s Newest Breast Reconstruction Law

Kim Sport is a nuclear medicine technologist turned lawyer, and former Executive Counsel to the Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. She’s also a three-time cancer survivor and the founder of Breastoration, which educates, assists and advocates for women facing mastectomies as a result of breast cancer. This is the second of her two-part series for ITC on breast reconstruction law. Her full bio...

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2016 Voices of Love Winners: Week 1
12 Oct 2016

2016 Voices of Love Winners: Week 1

Thanks if you entered our Voices of Love contest last week! Remember, you can enter each week of October to win a box of pink macaroons. Help us encourage those going through breast cancer or reconstruction with your words of advice, encouragement, and/or love! Click here for more info. Now, for our Voices of Love winners from week 1:   Terri Terri is a two time breast...

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ITC’s Most Encouraging Words of 2016
05 Oct 2016

ITC’s Most Encouraging Words of 2016

We’ve featured some great stories this year. Stories of survivors, supporters, and breast reconstruction have graced the pages of our blog. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, and in line with our Voices of Love campaign, we thought we’d take a few minutes to share the best of the best. Read on to hear our most encouraging words of 2016!   Most Selfless Words...

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2016 Voices of Love Contest: Encourage Women and Win Pink Macaroons
04 Oct 2016

2016 Voices of Love Contest: Encourage Women and Win Pink Macaroons

Can you believe that 1 in 8 women and their families are affected by breast cancer? That’s a higher percent of people than are left handed, play Pokémon Go, or own a pet fish.   Awareness is important. At I’m Taking Charge, we urge all women to get their mammograms, to live a healthy lifestyle, and to get tested for the “breast cancer” gene.   However, support is also important. One...

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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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Black Women’s Breast Health Matters
15 Sep 2016

Black Women’s Breast Health Matters

Submitted by Valerie Rochester, Black Women’s Health Imperative By now, many of us already know the statistics . . . that despite the federal and private investments in breast cancer screening, treatment and research, Black women continue to experience breast cancer at younger ages and in more advanced and deadlier forms. From screening to timely diagnosis and entry into treatment, Black women receive inequitable care...

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