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Breast Cancer and Mastectomy – Women Embracing the Flat Life

In this honest and empowering account, a journey is shared of resilience and self-discovery following a breast cancer diagnosis and a double mastectomy. Choosing the path of aesthetic flat closure (AFC), or ‘going flat,’ this post reveals the emotional ups and downs, the struggles with body image, and the gradual acceptance of a new body image. The intent is to offer comfort, understanding, and hope to others on a similar path, reminding us all that we’re stronger than we think, and never alone.

Breast Cancer Spread to Lymph Nodes: Coping Emotionally and Practically


Dealing with breast cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes can be overwhelming, but it’s important to remember that you are not alone. Learn how to manage the emotional toll of this diagnosis, communicate with your employer, and access benefits that can help manage medical expenses and ongoing bills. Find out how to prepare for chemotherapy and radiation therapy by asking your healthcare team about potential side effects and lifestyle changes. Establish a support network of family and friends and connect with others who have gone through similar experiences. With the right mindset, support, and preparation, you can work towards a successful outcome and recovery.

Navigating Breast Cancer: Employee Rights & Workplace Protections Explained

A diagnosis of breast cancer can be a life-altering event, not only for your health but also for your career. Understanding your legal rights and protections in the workplace is crucial to ensure a smooth return to work after cancer treatment. Earlier this month, I turned in my FMLA paperwork to HR and began a […]

Reciting the Past: Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer

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When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 43, I felt like my life had been derailed. But in a way, it has: The weeks that have followed my diagnosis have been filled with appointments and pathology testing and uncertainty about what would happen next. I started researching genetic testing for breast […]

Breast Cancer at Work: Navigating the Conversation

I received a breast cancer diagnosis last week. That feels REALLY strange to type out – almost makes it feel more real. I say this because reality hasn’t fully sunken in yet of what’s ahead for me and my family. One of my first concerns when I found out, was what will happen at work. […]