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.

A Gift to My Daughter on her 21st Birthday

How amazing would it be to end breast cancer by 2020? Is it possible? How far are we from finding the cure(s)? These were some of the questions I had going into a five-day intensive training course through the National … Continue reading

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Journaling for Better Health

A cancer diagnosis brings overwhelming feelings, a multitude of appointments, a sense of managing a second job for which the pay is fatigue, possible hair loss and a tired debit card laden with co-pays. As an oncology social worker and … Continue reading

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Y-ME and Its Counselors Leave a Legacy of Breast Cancer Support and Partnership

Y-ME, one of the oldest breast cancer organizations, has closed its doors of service. While to some this is old news and for others it may feel irrelevant, for me it strikes a chord of sadness. For more than 30 … Continue reading

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Battling Breast Cancer While Pregnant

My husband, Matt, and I were happily expecting our first child, thinking about nursery patterns and what life would be like as parents, when our world was turned upside down. At 27, I had no family history of breast cancer … Continue reading

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Beyond the Hot Flash: What To Know About Early Menopause

When you get diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age, you receive a significant amount of information about survival, surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation. But, you may not get a lot of information about early menopause, which can occur as … Continue reading

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Networking for Women Living with Metastatic Disease

YSC’s MetsLink Support Group Calls, designed to address the specific concerns of young women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, draw participants from every walk of life. Some of the women are single, others are married, some work, others may collect … Continue reading

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What Do Mammography Guidelines Mean for You?

As women, we are inundated with new information on healthy living and disease prevention. We take this all in, but may still be asking: What vitamins should I take? How often should I floss? Does that new mole look strange? … Continue reading

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Wigged Out!

My first question to my doctor after being told I had breast cancer at the age of 34 was, “Will I lose my hair?” … not “Will I lose my life?” Seems silly now after everything else I’ve faced on … Continue reading

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The Supreme Court’s Ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Today, June 28, I’m attending the Intercultural Cancer Council’s (ICC) Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Health Equity. This meeting is full of professionals focused on serving indigenous, poor and various racial and ethnic groups that face health … Continue reading

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Getting Your Groove Back: Inviting Intimacy and Sex Back into Your Life

Returning to a “normal” sex life following treatment for breast cancer is a topic that isn’t often addressed in conversation between health care providers and young survivors of breast cancer. One common side effect of treatment is that a pre-menopausal … Continue reading

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