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Karyn Stowe

Author

Karyn Stowe is the author of “The Kids’ Guide to Mommy’s Breast
Cancer”
(illustrated and designed by Jason
Thompson, photographs by Chris Gordaneer, and funded by Rethink
Breast Cancer). She lives in Toronto with her husband and three children.
Alamy

10 Ways to Help a Friend With Cancer

I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 37 when my children were two, three and six. Some of us knew how to support a mother or grandmother through this disease -- but a friend? Now, I often get calls and emails from friends who are at a loss when another friend has been diagnosed. What can they do to help? Here is a list of things that friends did for me -- or things that I heard of people doing for friends with breast cancer.
10/11/2012 12:09 EDT
Alamy

Creating a Breast Cancer Support System

No woman ever wants to hear the words "It's breast cancer." And certainly no one expects to hear those words in her 30s. After finding out I had breast cancer, while I knew the surgeons and oncologists were taking care of my physical needs, I truly struggled emotionally. So how do you go about finding support that suits your needs?
10/05/2012 05:46 EDT