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Moving Forward

By on November 9th, 2012 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

There was one night that I had a lot on my mind. I was lying in bed, staring at the ceiling, and reviewing the proceedings of the day. When you’re a grad student and it’s the end of the year, you almost always have a lot on your mind. My fingers were wandering as my mind was working, and in the process of making a …

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What to Say (or Not Say)

By on October 25th, 2012 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, The Breast Cancer Journey

Because I’m seeing so much pink this week, I find myself thinking about all things related to FBC (f-bomb breast cancer). It’s amazing how a few (million) pink ribbons reactivate the memory of experiences (and f-bombs!).

One of the things that comes to mind (that you dear readers discuss with me frequently!) is:

What to say or WTF not to say to someone with FBC.

Reconstruction Coverage Under the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act

By on October 11th, 2012 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, Treatment & Side Effects

When you are diagnosed with breast cancer and opt for mastectomy and breast reconstruction, the last thing you want to worry about is whether your surgery will be covered by your health insurance plan. Such surgical procedures can cost tens of thousands of dollars, taking into account the bills from the lab, the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, the surgical assistant, the hospital, and others.

Prior to …

Letting Go

By on September 20th, 2012 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

 

Breastcancer.org is proud to present the work of Charlotte Matthews. Charlotte is a poet and professor and mother of two children, Emma (13) and Garland (10). Following is her poem, “Consider It Solved.”

 

 

 

Consider It Solved

When I set fire to the backyard
last week, I didn’t mean to.
I’d only wanted to burn up
the notebook that came with diagnosis.…

Recommended Resource: Cancer and Careers

By on August 29th, 2012 Categories: Community Knowledge, News

I have been writing for Breastcancer.org for almost five years now, and while most of my work has focused on the medical aspects of breast cancer (tests, treatments, etc.), I’ve also written about some of the practical and emotional concerns women face — from sharing their diagnosis with family and friends to staying on track with treatments. Just a quick look at our discussion boards …

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