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Book Review: How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick

By on May 28th, 2014 Categories: Community Knowledge

Peruse any bookstore. Inspiring stories of triumph over cancer and tales of subsequent total life transformation abound. Heck, check out the hospital room window ledge, the oncologist’s waiting room, or the coffee table of anyone diagnosed with cancer and you will almost certainly find piles of these “go get ‘em” books bequeathed to patients by their well-intentioned friends upon hearing of their diagnosis.

When faced …

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 …

Telling Kids About Cancer

By on October 17th, 2013 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

Just a few months ago when I introduced myself to people, I usually started with either my name and job title or as mother of (fill in kid’s name). These days, I tend to lead with the diagnosis so we can start there. My name is Sara Masri and I was diagnosed with breast cancer in early June. I started my treatments in July — …

Celebrating Sisterhood: Weekend Sleepaway Camp Honoring Survivors and Friends

By on October 2nd, 2013 Categories: Events, The Breast Cancer Journey

Weekend sleepaway camp for women: honoring survivors and their girlfriends!

I’m going to camp! I never did as a child — Cuban parents don’t allow that. They’re, let’s say…a bit over-protective. So earlier this year when the opportunity presented itself for me to go to camp with girlfriends, I was the first one on the plane! It was amazing…relaxing, hilarious, nurturing, FUN, validating, emotional, revealing, …

Genetic Testing: An Emotional Decision

By on May 29th, 2013 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, Our Medical Experts

Genetic testing for breast cancer evokes emotional issues from the moment a woman begins to consider testing or is told that a close family member is considering genetic testing. This is true whether or not the individual woman has herself been diagnosed with breast cancer. Concerns over the results of the testing, and where those results may lead, often cause anxiety and other stress reactions. …

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