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Managing the Emotions Around Metastatic Breast Cancer

By on October 29th, 2014 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, Treatment & Side Effects

Shock, anger, terror, loss of control — these are just some of the feelings that can hit when a person is diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. And most people living with metastasis would agree that there are very few individuals who truly understand the depth of those emotions.

To find out more about ways to navigate the sometimes overwhelming feelings that can come up, I …

Imerman Angels: Free One-on-One Cancer Support Wherever You Are

By on October 23rd, 2014 Categories: Community Knowledge, The Breast Cancer Journey

The pain was sudden and excruciating. Jonny Imerman, 26, doubled over and dropped his pool cue. He managed to leave the Ann Arbor, Michigan bar that Saturday night in 2001 and get to an emergency room, where he was diagnosed as having an infection in his left testicle. This would soon turn out to be an incorrect diagnosis.

Imerman worked in commercial real estate and …

Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day 2014

By on October 13th, 2014 Categories: Symptoms & Diagnosis, The Breast Cancer Journey

Today is National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, established in 2009 when nine members of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network lobbied Congress to designate October 13 as a day of recognition for people whose breast cancer has spread beyond the breast to other parts of the body — stage IV disease. These women and men will undergo various forms of treatment, and regular scans and …

Hope and Triple Negative Breast Cancer: Now in Paperback

By on October 8th, 2014 Categories: News, Symptoms & Diagnosis

Remember when your doctor told you that you had breast cancer?

“Oh, yes,” you sigh.

And remember when your doctor told you it was an especially aggressive form called triple-negative, or estrogen negative?

“Oh, yes,” you shudder.

I suspect your reaction was like mine — confusion and terror.

Well, I was there eight years ago, and now, look what I have done. I survived. Eight …

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

By on October 1st, 2014 Categories: Sex Matters

In our previous columns, we’ve discussed several issues related to the vaginal and vulvar changes that can occur as a result of cancer treatment, including vaginal dryness and irritation. Some simple solutions include using vaginal moisturizers and lubricants. In addition, some women may need vaginal dilators to help stretch the tissues that have become less elastic and hardened over time as a result …

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