Finding Control Amongst the Chaos of Breast Cancer

The following is a personal story written by Amy, an ambassador of MyBCTeam, the social network for women facing breast cancer. Below she shares how focusing on her diet and the foods she eats gave her back control over her life. If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, go to MyBCTeam and connect with other women who ‘get it.’ Thousands of women from all over the country are here to share not only their stories, but their daily lives: the good days and bad days of living with breast cancer. 

Being diagnosed with cancer is a life altering experience. I felt so out of control that I desperately needed to find something thatAmy I could control. My diet was one of the few things I could think of that may have a serious impact on my survival and something I had some control over. I made a decision to rethink what to put in my body. From what I’ve read, cancer thrives in a low oxygen, acidic environment which occurs in a body that does not distribute oxygen well (lack of exercise) and one that consumes a lot of processed, fried, nutrient deficient with excess sugar, fat and salt. Eating more fruits, vegetables, nuts, and fish will create a more alkaline environment and starve the cancer cells from proliferation. So here are some useful tips on eating healthy and why I try hard so to do so.
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Laughing Through Breast Cancer: Part One

The following is a personal story from Ida, an ambassador of MyBCTeam, the social network for women facing breast cancer. Below she shares how laughter helped her through her breast cancer diagnosis. If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, go to MyBCTeam and connect with other women who ‘get it.’ Thousands of women from all over the country are here to share not only their stories, but their daily lives: the good days and bad days of living with breast cancer. 

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My 55th birthday was coming up in four days. I had dropped a million hints that I wanted an iPad. I hoped the discrete little hints that I left for my husband and sons were not too subtle for them not to catch on. Pictures of iPads taped on the refrigerator and bathroom mirrors, tactful little hints like, “Honey I want an iPad for my birthday,” “Boys if you’re wondering what to get me for my birthday and Mother’s Day I want an iPad,” were all gently hinted at.
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Breast Cancer Awareness: What It Means to Me

The following is a personal story from Judy, an ambassador of MyBCTeam, the social network for women facing breast cancer. Below she shares several of the breast cancer awareness events that mean something to her and why.  If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, go to http://www.MyBCTeam.com and connect with other women who ‘get it.’ Thousands of women from all over the country are here to share not only their stories, but their daily lives: the good days and bad days of living with breast cancer. 

judyFor me, breast cancer awareness month starts with the NEPA Race For The Cure. My oldest daughter, my grandchildren and I have looked forward to this event for the past four years and hope to continue this tradition for many years to come. Next, we attended the annual turning the fountain pink at my state capitol building in support of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.
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Being 23 and Told You Have Breast Cancer

The following is a personal story from Justine, an ambassador of MyBCTeam, the social network for women facing breast cancer, and full-time graduate student. Below she shares her thoughts on her unique journey and the resources that help her along the way. If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, go to http://www.MyBCTeam.com and connect with other women who ‘get it.’ Thousands of women from all over the country are here to share not only their stories, but their daily lives: the good days and bad days of living with breast cancer. 

 

“So the doctor just wanted to let you know about some support groups…”

JustineThat’s how I found out I had cancer on July 30, 2012 at approximately 9am.
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The Art of Redefining Ourselves

The following is a personal story from Lu Ann, an ambassador of MyBCTeam, the social network for women facing breast cancer. Lu Ann recently celebrated being three years breast cancer free! Below she shares her thoughts on what it takes to move past previous expectations of oneself in order to create new ones. If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, go to http://www.MyBCTeam.com and connect with other women who ‘get it.’ Thousands of women from all over the country are here to share not only their stories, but their daily lives: the good days and bad days of living with breast cancer. 


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In a goal-oriented society, it is common for most women to define themselves by the things they do for others. I, for one, defined myself first and foremost, as a wife and mother caring for my family and home; spearheading school and social events; creating works of art; and being esteemed as a capable, dependable member of my community.
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Discovering Your New “Normal” After Treatment Ends

The following is a personal story from Bonnie, an ambassador of MyBCTeam, the social network for women facing breast cancer, and nine-year breast cancer survivor. Below she shares her perspective on creating a new “normal” post breast cancer treatment and beyond. If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, go to www.MyBCTeam.com and connect with other women who ‘get it.’ Thousands of women from all over the country are here to share not only their stories, but their daily lives: the good days and bad days of living with breast cancer. 

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You are certain to feel sheer joy and relief at the end of breast cancer treatment! Whew, you think, I finally made it to the end of a long and painful process! Ending treatment is definitely a reason to celebrate and you probably can hardly wait to return to life as “normal.”
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