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Our Friends Answer: How Do You Celebrate Your Cancerversary?

By on July 9th, 2014 Categories: Community Knowledge, The Breast Cancer Journey

Cancerversary: For most people, the anniversary of the day she was diagnosed with cancer. Because every woman’s experience and decisions around a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment are so different — some jump headfirst into being a breast cancer advocate, some prefer to keep their situation private, and all experiences in between — we were curious about cancerversaries. So our community moderators asked the wonderful …

Introducing the Sex Matters Column on Breastcancer.org

By on July 1st, 2014 Categories: Sex Matters

Welcome to the new monthly Sex Matters column on Breastcancer.org. I am honored and overjoyed that Breastcancer.org has the vision to include this important topic for their followers and for all women who are living with breast cancer.

As a sexual medicine gynecologist and a certified sexual therapist, I hope to bring to light some of the complexities of breast cancer sexuality.

Each month in …

Prompting the Healing Power of Writing

By on June 25th, 2014 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, The Breast Cancer Journey

Writing & Healing: A Mindful Guide for Cancer Survivors uses a “prompt” to literally prompt the writing. It could be an object from a basket, as seen in the picture above, with the suggestion to then write as if you were that object. “I am Helen, a heart, who has…..”  or “ I am a bottle top and I live in…” etc. Providing a prompt …

Like Mother (in Law), Like Daughter (in Law)

By on June 11th, 2014 Categories: Treatment & Side Effects

When I was facing a bilateral mastectomy, I had a wonderful role model — my mother-in-law, Reggie, who lived without breasts (and without reconstruction) for over 50 years. Reggie was a striking woman with dark wavy hair and flawless skin. She wore loose, flowing apparel, often accented by colorful scarves. The loose clothes were necessitated by severe lymphedema that developed in one arm after surgery …

Book Review: How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick

By on May 28th, 2014 Categories: Community Knowledge

Peruse any bookstore. Inspiring stories of triumph over cancer and tales of subsequent total life transformation abound. Heck, check out the hospital room window ledge, the oncologist’s waiting room, or the coffee table of anyone diagnosed with cancer and you will almost certainly find piles of these “go get ‘em” books bequeathed to patients by their well-intentioned friends upon hearing of their diagnosis.

When faced …

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