Posts Tagged ‘breast cancer’

10 Ways to Help a Friend with Cancer

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Welcome guest blogger Stephanie St. Martin. Stephanie is a Senior Marketing Associate for Care.com (http://www.care.com ), an online community that helps families find care. She lost her mother to stomach cancer in March 2008 and is working to provide resources and find help for those battling cancer. Take it away Stephanie!

There are many challenges that are unique to young women diagnosed with cancer. So often, they are the youngest person in the waiting room and are surrounded by friends who have no frame of reference for what they’re going through. In addition to fertility, sex and intimacy and body image challenges, they experience isolation. Online support groups like BrightPink.org and YoungSurvival.org can be incredibly valuable. 

So often friends rally around asking what they can do. Besides pray – to whomever, and make it go away – forever, it’s hard to know how friends and relatives can help. Here are ten ideas to help a friend battling cancer. (more…)

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Renewal: Spring Is Here

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Welcome again guest blogger Carolyn Newman, breast cancer survivor, lymphedema aficionado and ultimate warrior. Take it away Carolyn!

It has been almost 5 years since radiation. After 6 months of Chemotherapy and a 13-hour double Mastectomy with Tram Flap Reconstruction, I recall being disheartened by the thought of having to have radiation and even more upset that the doctors gave me little choice. Somehow, I thought I would escape it.

Never the less, I completed radiation on March 21, 2007, the first day of spring. A time for renewal.
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Is Your Arm Fat?

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Welcome guest blogger Carolyn Newman, warrior extraordinaire. She is a breast cancer survivor and Founder and President of Warrior Wear, Inc., a company that manufactures a fashionable line of affordable covers ups for  lymphedema sleeves.

I am not a doctor, only a Lymphatic Fanatic.  I am a 5 year breast cancer survivor with Lymphedema in my right arm.  I am one of the 30% of women who will get Lymphedema as a result of a compromised lymphatic system due to surgery, removal of lymph nodes and radiation.  In fact, all breast cancer patients and survivors are at risk if their lymphatic system has been compromised from any of the aforementioned treatments for breast cancer.  I know this because I have done my research.  Like some of you, I have thoroughly researched everything to death!

Research can be good.  Being an informed patient is tantamount to recovery.  Being your best advocate and striving for risk reduction and prevention of further disease and illness is our global goal and responsibility. (more…)

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Yes, Your Refrigerator Can Be Your Best Friend

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Welcome guest blogger Kathryn Lorusso is a North Dallas macrobiotic teacher and counselor. She believes wholeheartedly that food can heal our bodies and uses her refrigerator as a giant “medicine cabinet” on a daily basis.

What’s that shiny, gleaming tall rectangle in your kitchen that is beckoning to you even as you read this?  It’s probably something you’re used to ignoring or worse yet, stuffing full of quick, convenient, chemically laden packages yet it is yearning (even now) to be not only your best friend, but your healer and guide to the best health you have ever imagined.  Yup, we’re talking about your refrigerator aka your new “medicine cabinet” and it contains the magic you need on a daily basis to navigate your way past your breast cancer event and move forward to the rest of your life.  I made friends with my refrigerator a year and a half ago and found that it was just the compass I needed to get me through the ironically worst/best time of my life. (more…)

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The Power of One

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Promise Me by Nancy G. Brinker

Yesterday, I attended my first official event as a board member of the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation – the grantee awards ceremony.  It was a great feeling to be welcomed by my fellow board members, most of whom I met for the very first time, and to see and hear all of the ways in which the money that the Susan G. Komen Foundation raises is utilized on the local and national levels. It made me proud to be part of such a great organization.  It’s amazing what one organization has created and the impact it has had on the lives of women diagnosed with breast cancer all over the world.  What’s even more amazing is the power of women and what can occur when they come together for a common cause, in this case breast cancer.   (more…)

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Who Knew?

Monday, April 4th, 2011

I never would have thought in a million years that having a life threatening disease would have actually been one of the best things that could have happened to me.  My breast cancer diagnosis, in May 2008, was not just a life altering event but even more so, a life enhancing event. Who knew?
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Losing the Battle but Winning the War

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Every so often, I’m painfully reminded how lucky and blessed I am. Too often I hear about women who have died from breast cancer.

Today, I read about Leah Siegel, who, at 43, lost her battle with breast cancer. She was a pioneer in the world of sports, one of the first women to become a full-time field producer for ESPN. She won three Emmy Awards for her work.

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Celebrating My Journey

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

The four words I thought I would never hear cross my lips were “I am a survivor”, but in May of 2008 I was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer.  To say that it was a shock to me is an understatement.  I have always been physically active and fit, and although not perfect, I was always mindful about my eating habits.  I did all the right things, at least it seemed that way so why me?

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