She now sees her scars as "entirely positive."
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"There’s definitely a mourning of my breasts, but certainly not to any degree of my dreadlocks."
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Research has shown women with disabilities and deaf women face multiple barriers to accessing health care, including cancer screening and treatment. In some cases, health care practitioners focus on the disability itself as a health problem, and ignore the overall health of the patient.
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My soapy hand grazed over the underside of my left breast and there it was. The dreaded lump. And it was big -- just a wee bit smaller than a golf ball. How the hell did I not notice that before? I poked and prodded at it as if that would make it go away. I swallowed my panic. It can't be cancer, I told myself. It's just a cyst. It's fine. I just had a clear mammogram four months earlier for God's sake.
The genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 (aka the breast cancer genes) have made headlines over the past few years with the help of some major celebrities. All of that attention has doubled the number of referrals to cancer genetics in Canadian hospitals such as Sunnybrook.
Hair loss is such a personal thing, yet it's so public when it's yours. Many women hide it because it's a visible reminder of the pain they're in. We are fighting for our lives, so why should something so superficial mean so much? Because our hair makes us feel like ourselves -- strong and pretty and whole -- and when we lose it, we feel weak and vulnerable.
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Despite the lovely pink ribbon, toxic ingredients are polluting us. Maybe it's just the cynic in me, but I think it should be common sense that we can't shop our way to a cure -- especially by listening to companies who claim to be supporting us and fighting breast cancer, while selling products that can contribute to causing the very disease.
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What do you need to be aware of during breast cancer awareness month (and all year round)? With all the media coverage in October on our cause, young women may feel freaked out, panicking that breast cancer is going to strike at any second. We want young women to keep calm and focus on three easy things you can do to stay on top of your breast health.
"I want to talk to all the ladies in the world about breast cancer," sings Paula Abdul in her dance-filled new music video "Check Yourself." Pegged to Breast Cancer Awareness Month as part of an Avon...
How often do you have your breasts checked out? Nestlé Fitness is hammering home that question in a new ad promoting breast cancer screening as part of its Pink Ribbon campaign. In the ad, which was p...
There hasn't been one day since then that I don't think about my breasts. The current ones, the old ones, the cancer. Breast breasts breasts. My whole life, centered around some hanging, bouncy body parts. Impossible to escape, especially now, during the month of October, BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.
Caregivers do their best to guide parents as they struggle to talk with their children about cancer, but misunderstanding, denial, and apprehension often distort the communication process. Frustration and fear can build up as parents respond to their child's curiosity with hesitation. Parents must provide appropriate information about cancer to gain the confidence they need to do the best they can for their child.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and organizations all over the world -- like the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation -- work hard to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer researc...
Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there are many facts about what the disease entails — and what it doesn't. There are certainly common questions about the risk factors and prevention me...
We've officially entered the future for early breast cancer detection. The Breast Tissue Screening Bra, developed by First Warning Systems, is designed to monitor early breast tissue abnormalities be...
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.
It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month and as a survivor, I wouldn't go so far as to say I want to celebrate having had breast cancer, but it has made a positive difference in my life.
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How much exercise do women need to reduce their risk of breast cancer? That's the question a Calgary researcher hopes to answer with an Alberta-based study of 400 healthy, post-menopausal women that...
At an age when most people are mapping out their long-term plans for career and family, Sylvia Soo faced uncertainty about just how many years would lie ahead.While teaching overseas, the Edmonton res...
It's easy to overlook all sorts of things when we're young. We are strong, supple and invincible. But even at a young age, we need to be mindful that time can fly. Suddenly it's more important to have a family doctor and talk turns to what medical tests you need.