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Less Is More, or at Least Equal

By on September 2nd, 2011 Categories: Treatment & Side Effects

[Editor's Note: This post was originally published on Diana's personal blog on February 9, 2011. Breastcancer.org covered the study results she mentions here: Sentinel Node Dissection Poses No Breast Cancer Survival Hazard.]

In case you’re a day or two behind with ‘big news,’ yesterday really big news regarding standard breast cancer treatment was released indicating that there is no decrease in life expectancy in …

The Breastcancer.org User Experience

By on August 18th, 2011 Categories: Inside Breastcancer.org

I’ve been working with Breastcancer.org since the summer of 2000. It has been an amazing journey.  I’ve watched this website grow from humble beginnings—a few dozen visitors a day—into the most popular breast cancer website in the world.

It is a neverending job to keep a world-class website up and running.

There’s expensive hardware that has to stay running all day and all night, every …

Exercising Safely After Breast Cancer Treatment: How to Get Started

By on July 13th, 2011 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

I’m not usually one who says things like, “it takes a special person to do so and so,” but breast cancer survivors are special people. I’ve found that working with survivors challenges me and makes me want to go to work every day!

We all know that exercise is good for us. We all know the positive benefits of exercise. Now you just need to …

Body to Pat: Pay Attention

By on July 6th, 2011 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

For most of my life, I have been oblivious to myself. Sure, I was pretty confident about who I was; I knew I was smart, capable, funny, but I knew this on an intellectual level, not an emotional or, most important, a physical one. In the 15 months before I was diagnosed, I had four bladder infections. Intellectually I knew something was wrong with my …

How to Talk to Your Doctor About Sexuality Issues

By on June 15th, 2011 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

Most of my clients who have had cancer treatments complain about sexual difficulties. While there are some healthcare providers who are interested in hearing/talking about sexual side effects that you might be experiencing, you may encounter those who don’t seem open to this kind of conversation. Breast cancer survivors deal with sexual side effects such as low desire, vaginal dryness, and painful intercourse due to …

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