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Blog carnival: Because I care

Posted by Dr. Robin B. Dilley on October 23rd, 2013 | No Comments »

I prevent cancer because I see the pain and fear it causes people I care about. I am a clinical psychologist who was diagnosed with cancer in 1999. Up until then, I had worked with several clients with cancer, never thinking that I would be on that side of the fence. I was 45. I had no family history. On the weekend that John F. Kennedy Jr.’s plane went down, I spent the day watching ...

Blog carnival: For the women who hold up my world

Posted by Katherine Leung on | No Comments »
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I prevent cancer for all of the amazing women in my family who devote their lives to helping others. We live in a pink-washed world where breast cancer awareness blankets the United States every October, but every month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month when you have a family history of breast cancer – as I am reminded every time I visit my doctor. The women in my family are smart, powerful and socially conscious. My mother ...

Blog carnival: For my mother

Posted by Robin Jones Kerr on | No Comments »

If you asked, my mom would tell you she’s a simple lady. She likes strong coffee, gardening, running and her Detroit Tigers. She likes good TV, good music and her dog. This humility doesn’t do justice to the incredible life she’s led. In 1995, when I was not even a year old, my mother was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. She was 34, had no previous family history of the disease and had two small ...

Blog carnival: For my family

Posted by Dr. Michelle Jones on | 1 Comment »
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Cancer survivors are often portrayed as heroic, doomed, sweet, patient and forbearing. I was none of these things: when I was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer and told I had a 40 percent chance of living five years, I was not heroic; nor was I afraid. I had a two-year-old son and a six-month-old daughter. I was furious. I was raised in an era when Betty Ford's disclosure of her breast cancer was controversial (according ...