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Spotlight on For the Breast of Us: An Organization Dedicated to Being a Resource for Women of Color

Women of Color are disproportionately affected by breast cancer. The organization For the Breast of Us aims to provide resources for these women to find the support they need.

November 15, 2022

by Simone Marie

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These Military Servicewomen with Breast Cancer Are Fighting Back and Bearing Their Scars

The risk of developing breast cancer is higher among people who’ve served in the military. These servicewomen are sharing their stories and bearing their scars.

November 14, 2022

by Jenna Fletcher

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A Closer Look at Pinkwashing with Kelly Kashmer, Founder of NothingPink

During breast cancer awareness month in October, the color pink tends to be everywhere. We dive deeper into what the term pinkwashing means with Kelly Kashmer, founder of the organization NothingPink.

October 29, 2022

by Lizzy Sherman

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My Journey to Becoming a Chronic Illness Advocate on Social Media

Writer Nia G. discusses her journey to becoming a social media advocate after her chronic illness diagnoses.

July 19, 2022

by Nia G.

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On Breast Cancer and Poetry: Writing to Keep Hope Alive

The act of putting pen to paper helped me unleash emotions, confront my changing body, and raise my head to face the darkest hours of my life.

January 21, 2022

by Caroline Johnson

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From Physician to Patient: My Journey with Breast Cancer

As an emergency room physician, Kavita Jackson, MD, saw many patients with breast cancer. But it wasn't until her own diagnosis that she truly understood what people endure.

July 08, 2022

by Kavita Jackson, MD

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When You See Us: Living Life to the Fullest Despite a Terminal Diagnosis

There’s no use revisiting the past, and I don’t want to focus on a future that may or may not be.

October 14, 2021

by Deltra James, as told to Elizabeth Millard

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The Emotional and Physical Roller Coaster of My Breast Reconstruction

My breast reconstruction was transformative and healing, but it was also emotionally challenging.

July 20, 2021

by Monica Haro

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What I’ve Learned About Self-Advocacy When Living with a Chronic Condition

When living with a chronic condition or disability, finding and using your voice is a must.

June 13, 2022

by Alexus Goodwin

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As a 23-Year-Old Professional Dancer, I Had to Fight for My Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Having a support system that advocated for me was my fighting technique in a medical system that told me I was too young to have breast cancer.

April 13, 2022

by Margaret Kudirka

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Confronting the Shock of a Triple-Negative Breast Cancer and BRCA1 Mutation Diagnosis

When I came across two masses in my breast, I tried convincing myself that it was nothing. But I was sure it was cancer.

March 07, 2022

by Ashley Gliko

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Bezzy BC and For the Breast of Us Partner to Create a Safe Online Community for Women of Color with Breast Cancer

Bezzy BC and For the Breast of Us are partnering to create a safe online community for Women of Color with breast cancer.

October 04, 2021

by The Bezzy Editorial Team

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When You See Us: How I Found Deeper Meaning in Life After a Metastatic Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Two decades in, I can say that my experience living with metastatic breast cancer has led to me focusing on every moment and finding deeper meaning in my life.

February 15, 2022

by Terlisa Sheppard, as told to Elizabeth Millard

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When You See Us: Navigating the Burden of Being Strong

The most important lesson I learned during my breast cancer treatment is that you don’t have to carry everything on your own.

November 16, 2021

by Monisha Parker, as told to Elizabeth Millard

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How I’m Making Peace with the Never-Ending Pandemic

Those of us living with a chronic condition are used to navigating an unknown future.

February 17, 2022

by Bridget Shirvell

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When You See Us: How Shifting My Assumptions Changed My Cancer Journey

It's human to feel like screaming after a cancer diagnosis because you have fears about the future. But if you stay present, you can learn to listen instead — both to those around you and to yourself.

April 06, 2022

by Bhumika Nasta, as told to Elizabeth Millard

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Medical Gaslighting Is Real, and It May Have Happened to You

A patient’s word should be believed. You shouldn't need to fight to advocate for your health when you're feeling your worst.

December 02, 2021

by Nia G.

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Sewing Myself Back Together: Overcoming the Hurdles of Breast Cancer

There are four hurdles I've had to face in overcoming breast cancer: Chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, and the emotional recovery to sew myself back together.

October 13, 2022

by Dawn Jelley, RN, CHPN

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When You See Us: How I Found a Deeper Sense of Purpose After Cancer

Ginny Shudlick is an Asian American woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer in her early 40s. Learn why she turned to advocacy work after cancer.

October 03, 2022

by Ginny Shudlick, as told to Elizabeth Millard

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6 Things That Aren’t Helpful to Say to Someone with MBC — and What to Say Instead

Friends and family may have tons of questions about your metastatic breast cancer diagnosis. But sometimes, it's better if they say nothing at all.

October 11, 2022

by Margaret Kudirka

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Men Get Breast Cancer, Too — But We Often Lack Support to Get Through It

More awareness of breast cancer in men is necessary so that we can get the support we need to detect and treat it sooner.

August 25, 2022

by Robbie Milam, as told to Elizabeth Millard

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5 Lessons from the Pandemic That Promote Inclusivity

We can continue to learn from the pandemic and encourage inclusivity in our everyday practices.

July 19, 2022

by Stefanie Remson

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Why Representation Matters for Women of Color in the Breast Cancer Community

Women of color, specifically Black women, are treated as outliers in the breast cancer community.

August 10, 2020

by Jasmine Souers and Marissa Thomas

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8 Reflections on Life with a Chronic Condition During the Pandemic

Bezzy community members share their experiences of living through the COVID-19 pandemic with a chronic condition.

August 23, 2021

by Elinor Hills

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Why I Advocate: Jackie’s Breast Cancer Story

As an ambassador for the Bezzy BC community, Jackie Scheuerman offers the peer support she wishes she had when she was first diagnosed.

July 12, 2021

by Simone Marie

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We Need to Talk About Ableism and COVID-19

The issues that disabled and chronic condition communities face as a result of the pandemic are being ignored too easily.

March 23, 2022

by Nia G.

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Understanding Grief When It Comes to Your Chronic Condition or Disability

Having a chronic condition or disability can mean living without a lot of things. It’s important to talk about this grief and find ways to cope.

June 10, 2022

by Nia G.

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#WhenYouSeeUs: Elevating the Experiences of Women of Color in the Breast Cancer Community

Women of color are underrepresented in the breast cancer community. This organization is changing that.

July 15, 2021

by The Bezzy Editorial Team

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These Two Breast Cancer Survivors Are Reclaiming October — Here’s Why

Trish Michelle and Tiffany Dyba are tired of the pinkwashing surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So they're stepping up to make a change.

October 08, 2021

by Elizabeth Millard

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When You See Us: How Breast Cancer Changed My Mental Health and Helped Me Build Community

You hear about how being diagnosed with cancer changes your life, but I didn't expect it to shift my thinking so much.

May 26, 2022

by Shangrong Lee, as told to Elizabeth Millard

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Recognizing Signs of Medical Trauma When You Live with a Chronic Condition

Medical trauma is real but sometimes it can be hard to recognize. If you live with a chronic condition it is especially important to be aware of how traumatic medical scenarios can have lasting effects. If you have experienced medical trauma, it is important to know you are not alone.

June 24, 2022

by Nia G.

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How Therapy Can Help If You’re Living with a Chronic Illness

Finding the right therapist — one who understands life with chronic illness — can make all the difference.

March 14, 2022

by Bridget Shirvell

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How Actress Angela Trimbur Created an Online Community of Breast Cancer Survivors

For actress Angela Trimbur, connecting with other women who know what it’s like, especially during the COVID-19 crisis, has been invaluable.

November 30, 2020

by Cathy Cassata

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Why I Advocate: Speaking Up for My Own Health Empowered Me to Support Others

Becoming an advocate for my own health helped me be a better resource for other women with breast cancer.

August 03, 2021

by Natalia Green, as told to Elizabeth Millard

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How a Taxol Reaction Changed My Breast Cancer Treatment

I never dreamed I’d have an adverse reaction to a drug that was supposed to be “a piece of cake.”

June 22, 2021

by Jennifer Bringle

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How I Balance Advocacy and Privacy Living with a Chronic Condition

Some days, sharing about my life with MS feels useful and authentic. Other times, I'd rather keep the details to myself.

November 09, 2021

by Erin Vore

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