Archive for June, 2011

“I Am Not My Hair “- Creating Your Own Best-Case Scenarios for Hairloss During Treatment

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Welcome guest blogger Michelle Young of 4Women, an organization that sinpires women to feel as beautiful as they did when they had hair.  Their motto to cancer patients, alopecia patients or any woman or girl suffering from medical hair loss:  ”Just because you lost your hair does not mean you have lost your sense of style.” Thank you Michelle for sharing!

It’s on the calendar – date, time and place, an appointment you never imagined yourself having to keep, treatment. It is still a couple weeks away, which means you have plenty of  time to imagine what it will be. If you are at all like me, you might find yourself imagining every shade of worst-case scenario, with the degree of “worse” growing exponentially with each passing hour or day. In the words of blogger Chemobabe, “The Present Tense of crisis is fueled by adrenaline, colored by anxiety.” While we may not have much choice about keeping that appointment on the calendar, we do have choices when it comes to the thoughts we choose and the actions we take. Our goal is to not just cope with the reality of cancer, but to turn our anticipation, reluctance, and fear into a determination to imagine and create our own best-case scenarios.    (more…)

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How to Survive Dining Out

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Ever wonder, as a breast cancer survivor, about how to eat healthy while dining out? Our guest blogger Nancy Ancrum has answers to that burning question. Welcome Nancy to the Breast Cancer Partner Network!

You survived breast cancer, so you’ll survive life without dessert – at least the high-sugar, white-flour confections that have been the tasty conclusion to dinner at your favorite restaurant.

Here’s the ultimate goal: You want to prevent a recurrence of the disease that caused so much fear and uncertainty in your life. And this much is certain: After treatment, your diet will play a big role in helping you stay healthy. (more…)

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