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Writing & Healing: Mindful Creativity Sessions for Recovery

By on April 16th, 2014 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

My first diagnosis of breast cancer was a surprise. I was too young. There was no breast cancer in the family, but this rational defense didn’t stop what was to be: four diagnoses and eight surgeries and treatments from 1993-1998, dominating and changing my life.

I am two decades away from that first biopsy surgery. Looking back, and especially looking back through my writing, helps …

OMG! 2014 Cancer Summit for Young Adults April 24-27: See You in Vegas!

By on March 26th, 2014 Categories: Events, The Breast Cancer Journey

If you were diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 40, then Stupid Cancer’s OMG! Cancer Summit for Young Adults might just change your life.

An oncology conference and social networking event like no other, the OMG! Cancer Summit draws hundreds of young adults diagnosed with all types of cancer for a multi-day experience. The Summit began in 2008 as a 1-day event in …

The Silver Lining: An Insightful Guide to the Realities of Breast Cancer

By on March 18th, 2014 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, The Breast Cancer Journey

As a healthy, happy, thirty-nine year old mother with no family history of breast cancer, being diagnosed with the disease in 2010 shattered my world.

As a nurse, social worker and child development specialist with experience in an intensive care unit and both adult and pediatric hospice, I found myself in the unique position of moving from the side of the bed as a healthcare …

Changing Paths

By on February 6th, 2014 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

[This was originally published on Positives About Negative on August 26, 2013.]

Old paths are such comforts. Losing them feels like losing the coziness of an old friendship.

Today we took a new path through the woods and got a bit lost. The familiar markers were gone and their comfort and clarity gone with them. That’s often the way with forging a trail — you …

Why Is Talking About Metastatic Breast Cancer on Social Media So Outrageous?

By on January 22nd, 2014 Categories: News, The Breast Cancer Journey

Many visitors to Breastcancer.org know the writing of Lisa Bonchek Adams. She’s a woman in her 40s who was diagnosed with DCIS in 2006. After a bilateral mastectomy, pathologists found two small invasive breast cancer tumors in the removed tissue, so instead of DCIS, she actually had stage II invasive breast cancer. In December 2008, she had her fallopian tubes and ovaries removed. In October …

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