10 Practical Tips for Women Facing Breast Cancer During the Holidays

by Mary Ray

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Comfort food, cozy nights, friends & family, and fun times for everyone around the holidays, right? Well, maybe. The holiday season can be a double-edged sword for women facing breast cancer, whether they’re newly diagnosed, going through treatment, or even living with the fear of recurrence. On the one hand, all the preparation, planning, shopping, company parties, and family gatherings can serve as a great distraction to keep your mind off the cancer. On the other hand, it can be down right exhausting.
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Breast Cancer Doesn’t Care What Kind of Plans You Have

By Mary Ray, MyHealthTeams Co-founder

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Lauren had a penchant for being organized, prepared, and ready to handle whatever life threw her way. So when the 26-year-old got engaged to her best friend Dmitriy, she decided to plan their wedding herself. In no time, Lauren had reserved a wedding spot, picked out her dress, nailed down their honeymoon plans to Italy, and was checking off the myriad of to-do’s for the event. Then, just two months after the engagement, Lauren felt a lump. At first she ignored it. Then, it grew. After a visit to the doctors, she got the call at work. It was breast cancer. Within two weeks she had a lumpectomy. The results came back – they didn’t get the clear margins they were looking for. It really hit her – this was bad. She was eight months away from wedding.
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5 Things You Should Know About Breast Cancer Trials

If you’re thinking breast cancer clinical trials are only for women with metastatic breast cancer, you might be surprised by what you read next.  We recently sat down with Elly Cohen, PhD – Program Director of the non-profit organization BreastCancerTrials.org.  We were impressed by how much BreastCancerTrials.org has done to make all clinical trials about breast cancer accessible to women impacted by the disease. We asked Elly if she’d write a guest blog post sharing what every woman dealing with breast cancer should know about clinical trials.

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Getting Started on MyBCTeam (My Breast Cancer Team)

MyBCTeam is the social network for women who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer today or decades ago. We recommend visiting the site once a day for two weeks, in order to get a feel for what the site can offer. Even if the visit is only 10 seconds, you may find some invaluable connections and nuggets of information.

For now, get the most out of this community by sharing a little bit about yourself. This post is to help you get to know more great women on MyBCTeam. When making valuable connections (and even friendships,) it’s always valuable to start with oneself.
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