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Goal!! Telling My 10-Year-Old About My Diagnosis

By on July 22nd, 2015 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

The stunning victory by the US Women’s Soccer team reminded me of my 11-year-old daughter’s last game of the 2015 spring season. Julie had two assists, contributing to her team’s 6-1 win and ending an otherwise abysmal season (2-5-1) on a high note. The Leprechauns (so named for their bright green jerseys) finally gelled, celebrating their triumph with a Carli Lloyd-inspired group hug.

Julie played …

An Interview With Poet and Breast Cancer Survivor Amy Small-McKinney

By on April 22nd, 2015 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

It’s National Poetry Month, and we’re pleased to bring you an interview with poet Amy Small-McKinney. Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. In celebration of National Poetry Month, Amy will be reading at the KGB Bar in New York City at 7 p.m. on April 29.

At what point did you first know you wanted to write poetry?

Well, I started writing in …

Our Friends Answer: What Helped You Get Calm?

By on April 8th, 2015 Categories: Community Knowledge, The Breast Cancer Journey

Finding calm when waiting for diagnosis details and making treatment decisions can be a challenge – no surprise there. But even a few minutes of peace can help your well-being. We recently asked our Facebook friends:

When you were in the throes of diagnosis and figuring out your treatment plan, was there anything that helped you get calm, even for a few minutes?

Answers ranged …

Sex Matters: Mindfulness Meditation and Sexuality: Mindful or Mind Full?

By on April 1st, 2015 Categories: Sex Matters

There has been considerable public dialogue about the practice of mindfulness, described by experts as “nonjudgmental, present-moment awareness.” Although traditionally associated with Buddhist philosophy, anyone can incorporate mindfulness techniques into their daily activities or in their expression of sexuality.

Mindfulness has been used for a variety of different conditions including depression, anxiety, pain, and eating disorders. Scientific research shows that mindfulness causes brain waves to …

After Active Treatment Ends: When People Stop Asking

By on February 12th, 2015 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my family and friends rallied to support me. They expressed love and concern, and offered their help. I was grateful for the many ways they showed they cared: they cooked meals, drove me to appointments, and even introduced me to other breast cancer survivors. But soon after my active treatment ended, those same friends and relatives seemed curiously …

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