Taking Charge Together - Breast Cancer News & Support

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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.


3D Nipple Tattoo Artist Vinnie Myers Describes Life-Changing Career
11 Jul 2016

3D Nipple Tattoo Artist Vinnie Myers Describes Life-Changing Career

Tattooing a nipple onto a reconstructed breast may not seem cool, but well-known 3D nipple tattoo artist Vinnie Myers is as close to “rock star” as you can get in the cancer world. Sure, his portfolio once held pictures of “feathers, snakes and dragon sleeves,” but now it’s full of nipples. A woman once gushed with a sly smile during an interview about her reconstruction,...

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Bracelet Fundraiser, Bravelets, Donates $10 Each to Fight Breast Cancer
04 Jul 2016

Bracelet Fundraiser, Bravelets, Donates $10 Each to Fight Breast Cancer

Today we can celebrate our freedom, thanks to the courage and bravery of our forefathers. As it reads on the Bravelets™ website, “There are times in all of our lives where we need to be brave – whether for ourselves, for our family, for our friends, or even for a complete stranger.” Five years ago Stephanie Hansen had to search inside and find her “brave.” It...

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Comfortable Hospital Gown, The Radiant Wrap, Created by Designer With Breast Cancer
02 Jul 2016

Comfortable Hospital Gown, The Radiant Wrap, Created by Designer With Breast Cancer

Look good…feel good. Maria Lucas is a five-year cancer survivor and designer of The Radiant Wrap, an alternative, comfortable hospital gown for women to wear during radiation treatments for breast cancer. On her website Lucas proudly proclaims, “I’ll always believe that out of something bad, something good is born, and that every dark cloud has a silver lining.”   Maria couldn’t believe her surgeon was...

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Fight Breast Cancer: It’s Easy with Read for the Cure
08 Jun 2016

Fight Breast Cancer: It’s Easy with Read for the Cure

Would you like an easy way to help fight breast cancer while enjoying your favorite magazines? Read for the Cure® is a site that brings magazine shoppers great deals on products while working to benefit the fight against breast cancer. A percentage of all sales on the site are donated to  Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. We interviewed Nina Brownstone, online marketing manager at...

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Marla Hope: Compression Bras By a Designer Who Understands
02 Jun 2016

Marla Hope: Compression Bras By a Designer Who Understands

Diagnosed ten years ago with breast cancer and now recovered, Marla D’Avanzo has a mission. She wants to let you know that “It’s okay to want to feel like your old self.” Marla combined her background in business and fashion to create a comfortable bra, the Marla Hope Bra™, post-op compression bras for reconstruction surgery.   Marla was 47 when she was diagnosed. She remembers...

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Breast Cancer Lingerie Designer of AnaOno Shares Story of Empowerment
25 May 2016

Breast Cancer Lingerie Designer of AnaOno Shares Story of Empowerment

This is the story of a woman who refused to allow breast cancer to overtake her. Instead, she found purpose and strength from her ordeal. She used it to reach out her hand to other women by creating a unique line of breast cancer lingerie.   Dana Donofree was just a day from her 28th birthday and with only two months before her wedding, she...

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Knitted Knockers Nonprofit’s Comfortable, Adjustable Breast Prosthetic Fills Need
16 May 2016

Knitted Knockers Nonprofit’s Comfortable, Adjustable Breast Prosthetic Fills Need

For some women, Knitted Knockers provides the solution to that awkward time between a mastectomy or lumpectomy and breast reconstruction. When the healing scars are sensitive, the thought of wearing a hot and sweaty, heavy, expensive breast prosthetic just may not appeal. A Knitted Knocker is a soft, hand-knitted breast prosthetic. Barbara Demorest is the founder of the nonprofit organization, knittedknockers.org. Her organization uses volunteer...

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Oncoplastic Breast Reconstruction May Be Safer for Plus Size Women
11 May 2016

Oncoplastic Breast Reconstruction May Be Safer for Plus Size Women

Breast reconstruction options can often be limited for women who have multiple chronic conditions. Reconstruction can also be riskier. Obesity is a common condition that makes some women more susceptible to certain complications following surgery. You may be wondering what you can do to ensure a safe procedure if you happen to be a bit on the heavier side. Well, one thing you can do is look into...

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Cancer Retreat, Casting for Recovery, Helps Breast Cancer Patients
05 May 2016

Cancer Retreat, Casting for Recovery, Helps Breast Cancer Patients

During the small amount of time that I’ve been writing about breast cancer, I have come across numerous groups that provide support to women who are dealing with breast cancer. One, however, has stood out to me in a unique way: Casting for Recovery (CfR). It’s a unique twist on a breast cancer retreat. It’s also enjoyed great success in fulfilling its mission to help women....

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Breast Cancer Research Funding for “Hunches”: Focus of New Non-Profit
20 Apr 2016

Breast Cancer Research Funding for “Hunches”: Focus of New Non-Profit

Most of us are familiar with organizations that fund breast cancer research. However, some research projects will not receive funding. This is because they aren’t investigating established concepts. These non-established research projects are often just early ideas, or “hunches,” that researchers would like to test out. If research hunches are ignored, major breakthroughs could fall through the cracks. Fortunately, Mary Beth Gadus, the founder of 100 Voices of...

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