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Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day 2014

By on October 13th, 2014 Categories: Symptoms & Diagnosis, The Breast Cancer Journey

Today is National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, established in 2009 when nine members of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network lobbied Congress to designate October 13 as a day of recognition for people whose breast cancer has spread beyond the breast to other parts of the body — stage IV disease. These women and men will undergo various forms of treatment, and regular scans and …

Hope and Triple Negative Breast Cancer: Now in Paperback

By on October 8th, 2014 Categories: News, Symptoms & Diagnosis

Remember when your doctor told you that you had breast cancer?

“Oh, yes,” you sigh.

And remember when your doctor told you it was an especially aggressive form called triple-negative, or estrogen negative?

“Oh, yes,” you shudder.

I suspect your reaction was like mine — confusion and terror.

Well, I was there eight years ago, and now, look what I have done. I survived. Eight …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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