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.

Sex and Intimacy after Breast Cancer: Q&A with a Sex Therapist

What are some of the common issues that young breast cancer survivors face in relation to sexuality and intimacy? What are the questions and issues that come up most often? Among women I’ve talked to, the most common issue that … Continue reading

The Trip of a Lifetime

A little under a year ago I won the trip of a lifetime. On a last minute whim, I decided to enter the 2015 We Can Survive concert sweepstakes. When I first received the call to notify me that I’d … Continue reading

Lisa Marie, Our Belle of the Ball

How it all started My husband, Mike, and I planned and hosted the first Butterfly Ball in October 2013 to celebrate his sister Lisa Marie’s 10th anniversary of her passing. To honor her memory we created the Lisa Marie Muccilo … Continue reading

Just Keep Knitting

I’ve been a knitter off and on since I was twelve. In my thirties, I started getting serious about advancing my knitting skills and learning how to incorporate knitting into my career as a therapist. It was fun to challenge … Continue reading

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