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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 …

Thriving Emotionally During the Holidays

By on December 23rd, 2014 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, The Breast Cancer Journey

The holidays bring a mix of happiness and stress, hopefulness and memories, and mixed emotions for many. All of these feelings can combine in an especially bittersweet blend for women experiencing breast cancer. Coping with the real challenges as well as the joys of shopping, cooking, family gatherings, and other celebrations can be an emotional roller coaster when you are dealing with your own illness.…

I Am Strong, I Am Not

By on December 10th, 2014 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

I describe my year of cancer as sleeping with an enemy, unrelenting and omnipresent. I couldn’t shake its presence, even in those brief moments of relaxation. It was always worse at night. My husband was asleep and my daughter at college, and in the darkness, the house almost silent, except for the usual creaks and groans, nothing could be denied. To the world, I presented …

Managing the Emotions Around Metastatic Breast Cancer

By on October 29th, 2014 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, Treatment & Side Effects

Shock, anger, terror, loss of control — these are just some of the feelings that can hit when a person is diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. And most people living with metastasis would agree that there are very few individuals who truly understand the depth of those emotions.

To find out more about ways to navigate the sometimes overwhelming feelings that can come up, I …

Imerman Angels: Free One-on-One Cancer Support Wherever You Are

By on October 23rd, 2014 Categories: Community Knowledge, The Breast Cancer Journey

The pain was sudden and excruciating. Jonny Imerman, 26, doubled over and dropped his pool cue. He managed to leave the Ann Arbor, Michigan bar that Saturday night in 2001 and get to an emergency room, where he was diagnosed as having an infection in his left testicle. This would soon turn out to be an incorrect diagnosis.

Imerman worked in commercial real estate and …

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