April 2015 Community Newsletter

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Welcome to the April 2015
Community Newsletter!

In this issue:

  • Members Who Share a Cancer Diagnosis With a Family Member
  • Forum Spotlight: Treatment Tips
  • Featured Photography: Inspiration From nowheregirl

Members Who Share a Cancer Diagnosis With a Family Member

Going through a cancer diagnosis alone can be a trying time for anyone. But some members of our Community have shared this experience with another family member. We wanted to know what impact going through cancer diagnosis and treatment at the same time as someone they love had on them. Were there moments that surprised them? Was there any inspiration received? Was there comfort in knowing they weren't alone? Were there any important lessons learned? Some of our members have graciously offered to share their experiences with this unique situation.

blondedoris"I was diagnosed in 2009 (at 35) with IDC; my maternal grandmother had cancer but that was all we knew about. My sister was diagnosed with mucinous carcinoma in 2010 (at 49) and then our mum was diagnosed in 2013 with papillary breast cancer." Read blondedoris's story >>

dalya08"Surprisingly, I have taken this possible recurrence more easily than my first one. My sister has been very strong throughout the process. I never thought for a minute that we would be going through this together." Read DaLyA08's story >>

havetolaugh"My family history includes two sisters diagnosed with IDC at age 44 and 45. We are a family of five girls, three of which have been touched with breast cancer. We are all BRCA negative and I am hoping to finally get approval for more advanced genetic testing in May." Read havetolaugh's story >>

jen"I still can't believe we are going through this together. I'm glad I didn't have to choose a partner, but grateful that I got her and that we don't have to do this alone. Even though I hate that she has to do this too. It's all so messed up." Read Jenwith4kids's story >>

selenawolf"In a blinding moment of enlightenment, I realized that my mother, rather than placing my life at risk as she so desperately feared, had actually saved it. Because of her persistence over the years to examine myself regularly, I had 'mapped' my own breasts in my mind, becoming so familiar with how they were constructed that...I was able to find it myself before it had progressed too far." Read SelenaWolf's story >>

Read these stories and more from others >>

Want to share your story? Email us at community@breastcancer.org.


Forum Spotlight: Treatment Tips

For Surgery, Janett2014 says: “I cut the leg off an old pair of pantyhose and used that to tie the drains around my neck in the shower. It worked great.” Read more tips from other members or add your own on the Shopping/packing/to-do list for surgery + recovery.... thread >>

For radiation therapy, Evilmidget says: “Always take a jug of ice-water with you to drink on your way home from treatment.” Read more tips from other members or add your own on the List of what to do/get/pack to prep for Radiation Therapy thread >>

For Chemotherapy, Trvler says: “I started having a terrible time with canker sores (about 6 or 7 years ago) and did extensive reading about it because I was miserable. At one point, I had about 6 of them in my mouth. I learned to pop 2 lysine tablets at the first second I felt one coming on and take more of them in the next few days. They stopped them cold.” Read more tips from other members or add your own on the More Tips (and a Shopping List) for Getting Through Chemo thread >>


Featured Photography: Inspiration From nowheregirl

The Gardening, anyone? thread has been gearing up for spring and sharing lots of inspiring photographs! Many of our members are very talented photographers. This month, we’d like to feature some of nowheregirl’s gorgeous photos from Japan.

“The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In Japan, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It's a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short. When the cherry blossom trees bloom for a short time each year in brilliant force, they serve as a visual reminder of how precious and how precarious life is. So, when Japanese people come together to view the cherry blossom trees and marvel at their beauty, they aren't just thinking about the flowers themselves, but also about the larger meaning and deep cultural tradition the cherry blossom tree.”

Source: Huffington Post

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For more beautiful inspiration, visit the Gardening, anyone? thread >>


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