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Guest Blog: A 'Valiant" Family of Survivors

By Eleanor Howie My sister, my mum and I have lots in common. We have the same sense of humour, the same nose, the same smile. And we’ve all had mastectomies. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t aware of breast cancer. My mum had cancer twice before I was 4 years old. The second time she was pregnant with my sister. Whenever anyone asks who my hero is, I tell them it’s my mum. She is without a shadow of a doubt the strongest woman I know. After my sister was born, my mum threw herself fully into treatment. She had radiotherapy, chemotherapy and a single mastectomy without reconstruction. When I was 19 my mum and I underwent genetic...

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Guest Blog: Dr. Alexea, Cancer Survivor and MD, on fear and connection amid COVID-19

Fear. The things that drive our fears are very real and sometimes imagined. Having had a cancer diagnosis likely means you’ve pushed past many things that caused you to be fearful and afraid. But instead of saying F’ everything and run, we face everything and rise! We endured surgeries and treatments we never thought we could and learned exactly who we are and how we can get through most anything life throws our way, even if we cry along the way!!

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Learning Together Series: Women and Mesothelioma

Women and Mesothelioma: New Statistics Released By: Devin Golden on January 14, 2020   Mesothelioma is primarily considered a “male cancer.” This characterization is due to the disease’s origin (exposure to asbestos) and situations where that origin could occur (blue-collar occupational work). Since mesothelioma mostly affects men, most of the studies and statistics revolve around this gender. However, females can — and often do — develop this cancer. Therefore, more research into how this cancer affects women is needed. Duke University Hospital researchers recently published a report focusing solely on mesothelioma cases involving women. This study, which was published in the American Journal of Surgical Pathology, details which form of mesothelioma most often affects this gender.   Which Type of Mesothelioma Do Women Get? The...

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Guest Blog: You Don’t Look Sick: Illness, Pain, and Being Believed

When we rush to conclusions about someone else’s health based on how they act, we completely discount the importance of mental health, and that those struggles and demons are just as valid as illnesses. I can’t help but think about those we’ve lost to suicide: some who worked so hard to present as happy for everyone else, or to “fake it til they make it,” but who were fighting their own minds on a constant basis.

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