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.

Remembering Dr. Irma Russo, Dedicated Breast Cancer Researcher

In 2006, when I was receiving treatment for Stage III breast cancer at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, I had no idea that on the other side of the building was a researcher who had been working diligently for … Continue reading

Breast cancer stole my pretty, but I snagged it back.

Ten days after my diagnosis, I started chemotherapy. I decided to take some sexy photos before my mastectomy. I never intended to show them to anyone. These photos were just for me. I wanted to capture and freeze this time … Continue reading

Skip the Blood Draw – Genetic Counseling 101

A couple of months ago I admittedly had no idea what genetic counseling was. I was familiar with genetics, and a person once told me I needed counseling, but I had no clue what a genetic counselor did. Genetic counselors … Continue reading

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Meeting My Survivor Siblings

Whenever I meet other young women with breast cancer, I’m sad and happy at the same time. I hate knowing they had to experience this horrible disease, but I’m happy it brought us together as sisters. That feeling was magnified … Continue reading

YSC Research Think Tank Demands Change

“Patient advocacy” has become a buzz phrase in recent years within the research and medical communities. Grant review boards, such as the Department of Defense (DOD) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), have begun to invite a small handful of … Continue reading

YSC Responds to JAMA Article on Breast Cancer Incidence

An article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on February 26, 2013, discusses the incidence of breast cancer in the United States and concludes that the number of young women presenting with metastatic disease at initial … Continue reading

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From Drifting to Found: YSC Gave Me a Community

I thought it would be easy to write a blog post about what the YSC community boards have meant to me in the five years since my breast cancer diagnosis. However, I was wrong. The feelings this topic raises are … Continue reading

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YSC’s Research Think Tank Remembers Randi Rosenberg (1965-2010)

Diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32 in 1998, Randi Rosenberg was one of the original founding members of Young Survival Coalition (YSC) and its third board president. Her drive to enact change fueled her talented way of … Continue reading

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Channeling Kat at YSC’s Research Think Tank

I was very excited when I got the email last July from Kat Werner inviting me to be part of a YSC project called the Research Think Tank.  The email explained that in 2001 YSC had convened a “Medical Research … Continue reading

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A Survivor’s Effort to Avoid Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Life

When I got diagnosed with breast cancer during the final month of my first pregnancy, hormones took on a new importance in my life. My doctors worried the estrogen flooding my body during pregnancy had fueled my tumor’s growth. They … Continue reading

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