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Sex Matters: Vaginal Dryness

By on August 6th, 2014 Categories: Sex Matters

Many women who have treatment for breast cancer develop early menopause or report that their menstrual cycles have stopped for 12 months in a row. Most women recognize that hot flashes and mood changes are associated with the menopause, but they don’t always identify vaginal dryness and painful sex as part of the constellation of symptoms they are experiencing as they move through the menopausal …

Choosing Not to Have Reconstruction — Are You the Only One?

By on July 31st, 2014 Categories: Treatment & Side Effects

If you’re facing a mastectomy, you may be surprised to find that virtually everyone expects you to have reconstruction. Your doctors, your friends, and even your family may believe that without reconstruction you won’t be happy and you won’t feel whole or feminine. But what if you don’t share these concerns? What if you don’t think reconstruction is right for you?

Perhaps you want to …

Our Friends Answer: How Do You Celebrate Your Cancerversary?

By on July 9th, 2014 Categories: Community Knowledge, The Breast Cancer Journey

Cancerversary: For most people, the anniversary of the day she was diagnosed with cancer. Because every woman’s experience and decisions around a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment are so different — some jump headfirst into being a breast cancer advocate, some prefer to keep their situation private, and all experiences in between — we were curious about cancerversaries. So our community moderators asked the wonderful …

Introducing the Sex Matters Column on Breastcancer.org

By on July 1st, 2014 Categories: Sex Matters

Welcome to the new monthly Sex Matters column on Breastcancer.org. I am honored and overjoyed that Breastcancer.org has the vision to include this important topic for their followers and for all women who are living with breast cancer.

As a sexual medicine gynecologist and a certified sexual therapist, I hope to bring to light some of the complexities of breast cancer sexuality.

Each month in …

Prompting the Healing Power of Writing

By on June 25th, 2014 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, The Breast Cancer Journey

Writing & Healing: A Mindful Guide for Cancer Survivors uses a “prompt” to literally prompt the writing. It could be an object from a basket, as seen in the picture above, with the suggestion to then write as if you were that object. “I am Helen, a heart, who has…..”  or “ I am a bottle top and I live in…” etc. Providing a prompt …

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