Category Archives: Taking my Body Back

Diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36 in 2010, Jennifer Merschdorf chronicles her “new normal” while training for the YSC Tour de Pink rides to take her body back from cancer. You will also find posts on body image, sexuality and other topics unique to young women with breast cancer.

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

Six Healthy Summer Recipes

We love Summer here at YSC and we’ve all been taking advantage of the wide variety of delicious fruits and veggies that are available now. Below are just a few of our favorite summertime recipes for you to enjoy:   … Continue reading

Categories: Taking my Body Back

Summer Safety Tips

Summer is finally here! Today is a good opportunity to remind us all about recommended precautions so that we can enjoy the season and avoid risks that accompany warm weather. Here are a few tips and reminders to take good … Continue reading

Categories: Taking my Body Back

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

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

A New Sense of Normal: Figuring Out Life After Breast Cancer

The end of treatment was both exciting and terrifying, much like riding a roller coaster, and I found the finish confusing. For months, I had a routine and aggressive therapy to fight the cancer, along with a great team of … Continue reading

Good Sex Starts Within

We’re closing out Women’s Health Week with a round-up of our favorite tips for a healthy sex life during and after cancer treatment. Sex drive and sexual desire is often tied to our general health. But, let’s face it: whether … Continue reading

Six Ways To Cope with Breast Cancer

Whether you’re dealing with the shock of a diagnosis, struggling with the effects of chemo brain or living with the fear of recurrence, mental well-being is an important aspect of your overall health. Taking care of your mental health can … Continue reading

Born to Move

We are born to move. And when I say move, I mean something as simple as walking two blocks instead of hopping in your car. Exercise is great, but I’m simply referring to an active vs. sedentary lifestyle. According to … Continue reading

Take Charge of Your Diet!

Proper nutrition is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. A good diet is even more important for young women facing breast cancer. Some types of chemotherapy may leave women with challenging weight problems—they can cause survivors to gain weight in … Continue reading

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