Category Archives: Guest Bloggers

From time to time, YSC invites guest bloggers to share their knowledge, expertise and dedication to helping young women affected by breast cancer. Our guest bloggers come from the YSC community including young survivors eager to share their experiences with others, YSC Face 2 Face Network leaders and state leaders, YSC’s Research Think Tank or Medical Advisory Board, breast cancer community partners or our passionate volunteers.

That’s What Friends Are For

I am writing this from Montreal, about 350 miles from my home in New York City. I came for my cousin’s wedding, and that was lovely—but I arranged my return trip around the chance to see my YSC friend Theresa, … Continue reading

Vascularized Lymph Node Transplant: New Hope for a Big Problem

Lymphedema—permanent swelling in the arm or breast following removal of lymph nodes—is typically not a big concern for women initially diagnosed with breast cancer.  The clear priority is to treat the tumor, which leaves lymphedema on the back burner…until it … Continue reading

A Recurrent Theme

People who have been diagnosed with breast cancer know what it’s like to have their lives eclipsed by an unwanted, malicious force. Your hopes and dreams get put on hold and the only approach is to fight. And fight. And … Continue reading

Dating With Breast Cancer

Dating is hard in today’s world, but try dating with cancer. There are so many questions on how to bring up the subject of your diagnosis when meeting someone new. Questions like, should I tell them that I have cancer? How … Continue reading

The Perfect Way to Connect from Home

Nine months ago my life was forever changed when I got the phone call confirming all three breast biopsies were malignant. A few days later, a pet scan confirmed that my breast cancer had spread to my liver. In that … Continue reading

Nominated Cancer Kween

“Man, it’s a good thing that we’d been together for over 6 years because HOW could I ever explain this to anyone else?!” Yup, that was the first thought that ran through my mind when I was told I had to … Continue reading

Let’s Talk About Foobs

Does anyone want to talk about foobs? Sure, everyone wants to talk a lot about boobs. When am I going to get them? How big are they going to be? Some want bigger, some smaller, some have Instagram accounts full … Continue reading

If I Can Do It, So Can You!

“Hi Dad. Do you mind if I stay with you in April? I’m planning on riding in the Tour de Pink for breast cancer survivors.” That was how the phone conversation started last fall when my daughter, Amie, told me … Continue reading

Learning to Love My Body Again

In October 2015, I saw a post on the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) Facebook page about a show called “Skin Wars.” YSC is an organization that supported me after my breast cancer diagnosis. They were working with Skin Wars to reach young … Continue reading

Legacy: New Meanings & Methods

“The quest to understand and fulfill life’s mission has stimulated Philosophical and Spiritual literature for millennia. Each of us is faced with the issue of re-examining what we have done in our lives and reflecting upon “Who am I, Why … Continue reading