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.

Figuring Out the Why and Using It to Drive Your Passion

I vividly recall sitting on the floor of my shower with water and tears streaming down my face trying to figure it all out. I could not stop thinking . . . Why? Why me? What did I do wrong? On … Continue reading

Turning the Corner

Changing My Identity In December 2006, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer at the age of 38. At this point in my life, my identity was wife, mother of three boys–ages 3, 2, and 11 months–and lecturer of occupational … Continue reading

The Things I Don’t Talk About

Let’s talk about the things I don’t talk about. The things I carry with me each day—silently—as I go about my business living as close to a normal life as I can. The things that weigh on my shoulders—things that … Continue reading

Living Life OVER Cancer

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 at the age of 30 while seven months pregnant with our second son. Our world came crashing down–yet through it all, we were focused on hope. Our doctors, friends and family–everyone–believed we … Continue reading

The Hard Part is Living First

Once you’ve been diagnosed with cancer you’d never think of there being worse news…until you’re diagnosed with cancer again. Feels something like this, ‘Hey you’ve reached the light at the end of the tunnel! You see it? Looks nice out … Continue reading

Shakti and Bhakti – Our Feminine Super Powers!

Sat Nam What do the following women have in common? Diana Prince (Wonder Woman), Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games), Hermione Granger (Harry Potter), Natasha Ramanova (Black Widow from The Avengers), Rey (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), and Princess Merida (Disney’s … Continue reading

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