Category Archives: YSC SYNC – Survivors

YSC SYNC programs connect young women affected by breast cancer with free access to knowledge, experience, resources and support during one of the most challenging times in their lives. Young survivors can easily connect online, in their local communities and through one-on-one peer matches.

Getting the Most Out of the YSC Summit

In April 2014, Lynette was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. When YSC invited survivors and co-survivors to the 2015 Summit 11 months later, she and her husband John were eager to attend and ready to learn as much as they … Continue reading

An Open Letter To Woman Newly Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

I’m so sorry. I’m so, so sorry. Everyone around you is in shock … YOU are in shock. You’ve just heard those fateful words, “It is cancer.” There’s a part of you that wants to hide under the covers, only … Continue reading

Finding a Sisterhood at the YSC Summit

Early this year, my life literally changed. I know its cliché, but it’s true. I attended the YSC Summit in Houston, Texas, for three mind-blowing days. I was three years out from my breast cancer diagnosis and really had no connections … Continue reading

The YSC Summit Changed My Life

I was diagnosed in February 2014 with HER2+ breast cancer at the age of 35. After chemo, a mastectomy and radiation therapy, I’m cancer-free! I’m also actively involved in YSC, and it all started when I attended the Summit. The … Continue reading

YSC’s Tribute to Cynthia Rubin (1962-2015)

Kind. Fierce. Generous. Funny. Brilliant. Cynthia (Cindy) Rubin, the second Board President of Young Survival Coalition (YSC) and founding member, passed away on Tuesday, October 20th, leaving her indelible mark on the breast cancer community and all young women affected … Continue reading

American Cancer Society Changes Screening Guidelines: What Does this Mean for Young Women?

Today, the American Cancer Society (ACS) revised its guidelines on screening mammography and clinical breast exams (CBEs) in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). These new guidelines state that, in women of average breast cancer risk, annual screening … Continue reading

In Our Own Words: Young Survivors Share Real Stories and Advice

It’s almost October, and although that means it’s time to pull on a sweater, enjoy a spiced pumpkin latte and carve a pumpkin, it’s also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It can sometimes be overwhelming with so many messages about breast … Continue reading

Categories: YSC SYNC - Survivors

YSC’s New ONLINE Support Groups

A “support group” means different things to different people. For some, it might represent your most sacred circle of friends. For others, it might generate thoughts of a trauma you have experienced. I walked into my first YSC support group … Continue reading

Categories: YSC SYNC - Survivors

What do Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Adam Levine have in common?

The answer is…YSC!  No, I am not kidding! Three years ago, CBS Radio created a charity benefit concert called “We Can Survive” and they chose YSC as the beneficiary of their generosity. I am thrilled to announce that they are … Continue reading

Categories: YSC SYNC - Survivors

Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer as a Young Woman

A diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer (MBC) was the last thing I expected. I was a busy wife and dedicated mother to my seven-year-old daughter. I was the family breadwinner, working as a network engineer in Seattle’s fast-paced technology industry … Continue reading