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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 …

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

By on October 1st, 2014 Categories: Sex Matters

In our previous columns, we’ve discussed several issues related to the vaginal and vulvar changes that can occur as a result of cancer treatment, including vaginal dryness and irritation. Some simple solutions include using vaginal moisturizers and lubricants. In addition, some women may need vaginal dilators to help stretch the tissues that have become less elastic and hardened over time as a result …

Crows or Eagles: Which Will You Choose?

By on September 24th, 2014 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

I submitted this essay years ago to the book Chicken Soup for the Survivor’s Soul. It was not chosen for inclusion (I never heard back), but as I recently re-read what I wrote, I could still see everything about that moment, along with remembering my subsequent thoughts and feelings. I also remember the enjoyment of writing the article. I enjoyed reading it again, and …

The Healing Breath

By on September 10th, 2014 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, The Breast Cancer Journey

Spend a minute or so becoming aware of your breath coming into your body and going back out.

Is it slow and calm? Or is it fast and frantic? Is it in-between? The breath is with you all of the time; it’s easy to take it for granted. Maybe you only notice it when you are out of breath, when it is hard to catch …

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