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Dear Cancer: A Mother’s Answer to the Unanswered Questions

Photo: Robin L. Reynolds
I remember the day my heart was broken. It was in the early morning hours of May 12th. Wearing the baggy pink sweatpants I purchased the night before, I sat in a stiff vinyl hospital chair.…

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A Cancer Survivor’s Year in Review

As the dawn of a new year is upon us, let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we?

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For those of you who haven’t stopped your lives to faithfully read my every word for…

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Why This Wasn’t a Free Boob Job

Over the past year, I’ve been collecting a list of things you shouldn’t say to a woman with breast cancer. One of them is:

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“At least you get a free boob job.”
I know. Nobody…

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My Journey to Baby After Cancer

Photo: Pixabay
I found a lump in my right breast. I had just checked myself a month before and there was nothing there. It kinda came out of nowhere and grew pretty quick. The official diagnosis was stage 2, grade…

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How I Told My Kids I Had Breast Cancer

Photo: Grancer
I am not exactly a ‘kid’ person.
Yes, I have three kids.

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Here is what I mean: I was never that 13 year old who was desperate to babysit or who wanted to…

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A Goodbye Letter to My Breasts

Photo: Ashli Brehm, Jamie Scott
I waited for you to come. I remember the first time I was told I needed to take care of you. I remember, I was wearing a yellow bodysuit underneath a bedazzled black vest and…

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Pink Ribbon: A Poem

Pink is the colour on the bow of support,
millions of women every year; distraught.
The moment the consultant confirms the worst,
fears overwhelms, your future plans cursed.

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The facts, the statistics and discussions now…

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My Grandmother, the Hero

Photo: Gia Hamilton
My battle with breast cancer came in 2005 when my grandmother was diagnosed. I remember the knot in my throat and the cooling of my blood-the fear in my heart.
My grandmother raised me from the time…

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I Am A Young Breast Cancer Survivor and This is What I Want You to Know

Photo: Kimberly Chacon
I was 28 when I heard the words that changed my world forever. “You have breast cancer.” At the time I was working full time, finishing my graduate degree, and living a healthy life. My diagnosis completely…

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How Has Breast Cancer Affected You?

To commemorate breast cancer awareness month, we’re excerpting below a section from Katherine Malmo’s book, Who in This Room: The Realities of Cancer, Fish, and Demolition. Some of you might remember Katherine from her days as Red Tricycle’s sales team…

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