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.

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

Celebrating National Health Center Week

Today marks the start of National Health Center Week, which highlights the great impact of community health centers across the nation. Over the last 50 years, these health centers have provided invaluable preventive and primary care services to underserved populations–helping … Continue reading

Categories: Taking my Body Back

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding After Breast Cancer

My husband, Matt, and I had always planned to have at least two children. After my breast cancer diagnosis at age 27 while five months pregnant with our first child, we weren’t sure anymore. A normal pregnancy quickly changed into … 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

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