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Our Friends Answer: How Did You First Discover the Breast Cancer?

By on May 14th, 2014 Categories: Community Knowledge, Symptoms & Diagnosis

 

A few months ago, we asked our friends on Facebook this question:

If you were diagnosed with breast cancer, how did you first discover it? Was it through a routine screening, breast self-exam, or something else?

One hundred and seven women responded — thank you, friends! We found the responses compelling, and want to share them with you:

 

  • 53 breast cancers (49.5%)

What This Cancer Mom Learned From Her Kids

By on May 1st, 2014 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

The day in May 2006 when our older daughter turned nine, my husband rather wistfully commented, “That’s it, half of her life with us is now over. Before we know it, she’ll be off to college.” I remember laughing and thinking this was a rather melancholy way to think about the kids. We were so in the thick of our parenting life, and with a …

Writing & Healing: Using Mindfulness and Creativity to Become Whole Again

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 …

Strive to Thrive: Welcome Spring by Letting Spirituality Bloom

By on April 10th, 2014 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

A few days before my scheduled double mastectomy, I begrudgingly allowed a dear friend to take me to a “healing service” at her church. My reluctance grew out of uncertainty — what was a “healing service,” anyway? And, was it worth a precious hour or two of my time while I was busy preparing my family and myself for surgery, recovery, and the months of …

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 …

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