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The Family and Medical Leave Act and Cancer

By on December 11th, 2013 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

Many cancer patients are holding down full-time or part-time jobs and do not have the financial luxury of leaving those positions in order to attend to multiple medical appointments, lengthy chemotherapy sessions, and recovery from surgical procedures. You may be one of these people. So what do you do if you face a serious diagnosis and are trying to figure out how to balance work …

The ACA and Breast Cancer: Some Good News for Diagnosed Women

By on December 2nd, 2013 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that just about everyone in the United States will have to have health insurance by Jan. 1, 2014, or pay a penalty. Most types of health insurance will count towards this requirement including employer sponsored insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans’ benefits, and individually purchased plans.

To help us all understand what the ACA means for women diagnosed with breast cancer, …

Strive to Thrive: The Many Benefits of Self-Expression

By on November 13th, 2013 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

Part 1 of Jean Kane’s series, Project Strive to Thrive: Ideas for Moving Beyond “Survival” After Breast Cancer

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” — From “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver

No one realizes the precious nature of life better than someone diagnosed with cancer. But cancer can also cause a wild range of …

Doctors Weigh In: Do Mammograms Really Save Lives?

By on November 5th, 2013 Categories: Lower Your Risk, Our Medical Experts

[Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on October 30, 2013, on Philly.com. It is borrowed with permission.]

After asking the question, “Are Mammograms really saving lives?” two weeks ago, I got some very good follow up. It seems like there were two major ideas:

  1. The science behind mammograms can be questioned, but there are also very strong reasons to get one.

MealLogger: Support to Get Your Recovery and Healthy Eating on Track

By on November 1st, 2013 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

Even though many parts of cancer treatment were miserable, there was something oddly comforting in the predictable and stable routine. For nearly 6 months, my life revolved around this 3-week rotating schedule, in which all the details were pretty much mapped out for me by my medical care team. I knew the order of all the medical procedures, what drugs I needed to take and …

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