After my mother passed away after battling breast cancer for the second time, I felt like a part of me was missing. Overcome with wanderlust and a need to understand her and where she came from, I decided to take a trip. I thought that if I could get to know her through her roots, I'd find the part of me that collapsed when she died.
In January, with her husband by her side, Avery Harrison received the shattering news that she had stage four breast cancer. She immediately called her mother, Lynne Hendrix, to deliver the news.
Sometimes it takes the worst possible news to make you realize what is important in life. Expert Life Coach Bethany Palmer shares the story of her struggle with breast cancer and how her diagnosis inspired her to re-evaluate her priorities and encourage others to do the same.
Dr. Martha Tara Lee came around to accepting her mom's breast cancer after the relapse, and how her mom's health problems changed their relationship.
I first found out my mom had breast cancer when I was 18. I was pursuing a Diploma in Mass Communications at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and in my second of three year studies. My dad was actually the one who told me that doctors suspected my mom to have breast cancer. She was scheduled to go for a biopsy - where cells from her breast would be extracted for cancer.
The actress recently revealed her decision to have another surgery to reduce risks of getting breast cancer.
Personal development coach Dr. Andre Berger wants you to love your body post-mastectomy. Whether you're a cancer survivor or are at risk, making the decision to have reconstructive surgery may make you feel better about yourself, inside and out.
"Hopefully there's something good soon," Giuliana Rancic tells us about adding another baby to her brood.
January marked the five year anniversary of being diagnosed with breast cancer. I look back on it all as if it were yesterday. At 3:45 in the afternoon I received the call. My doctor spoke the words no one wants to hear. All I could distinguish were the words “cancer cells”. The rest was a blur.
Research presented at the American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco suggests that having a breast massage may prevent this type of deadly disease.
Ever wonder why we’re all so crazy about breasts? Because they're so damned desirable, that's why. This is a reality that every women who's undergone a mastectomy deals with each day. The idea of reconstruction is like a big security blanket that makes us feel that whatever it is we're about to go through, we'll be fine and dandy in no time. But, as a woman who's lost a breast to cancer and had reconstruction, I can tell you first hand: the reality is more complicated than that.
Angelina Jolie has been a big news item in the past few days. And rightfully so. To have both breasts removed, and next, her ovaries, is not the usual way we hear of women doing things to prevent cancer. But before I talk about what it means as a woman, let me say that her case is fairly unusual "because more than 99% of women do not have BRCA1 -- or BRCA2, for that matter." So hopefully, women will not begin to think this is something they should do to prevent breast cancer. Without the presence of BRCA1, the best prevention for all disease is to eat well (and I mean EXTREMELY well), exercise regularly, avoid stress, and be happy. Now I want to talk about the self-image and emotional perspective of what Angelina Jolie has brought to the forefront of thinking. Can a woman who has had her breasts removed still feel like a woman?
To gain insight into Angelina Jolie's brave yet extreme choice to get a preventive mastectomy, we sat down with YourTango Expert Dr. Shoshana Bennett — a clinical psychologist, an author and a breast cancer patient who opened up about the physical, emotional and sexual effects of cancer and mastectomies.
One would think wedding vows are unambiguous. Straightforward. No subtext, no exceptions. Love is love. Right?“ "Not so,” say some men. “If you get really sick or disabled, I’m outta here.” A study published in the journal Cancer reported that, of the 515 married patients with serious cancer or multiple sclerosis followed over 5 years, the divorce rate was about the same as among the general population, 11.6%. The difference was that women were 6 times more likely to be the ones bei