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True Survivor

After raising 7 children I found out that I had breast cancer when I was 47. My husband at the time did not take the news well. He had married a thin pretty woman who had long blond hair. I was now going to be disfigured by surgery, lose my hair, and become more dependent on him than I ever had been…

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I'm A Phoenix

I was given less than 15% chance of survival. I had both of my breasts removed. I removed my uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. But I am still here, and I adopted a beautiful little boy is who the light of my life. That is why I tattooed a Phoenix on my back, because I came back to life.

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Pink Fire Trucks Bring Support

Through Pink Heals, volunteers travel the country in pink fire trucks and police cars to promote community support for women battling breast cancer. Learn more!

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Angela's Corner: Your Support System

Angela's Corner: Preparing Yourself For Chemotherapy

You have been diagnosed with cancer and one of the first things that pops into your mind is asking, "Do I need chemotherapy?" Chemo is not always needed, but when it is, there may be a few things you need to do. Preparing yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally is important.

Make your doctor and dentist appointments: You may need additional check-ups prior to starting chemotherapy. If you need any blood work or other tests, getting those done before chemo would be ideal. Seeing your dentist for a cleaning and any dental work that would be needed is essential. Chemo can be hard on your mouth and you will increase your chance of infection, therefore dental work should not be done while you are undergoing treatments.

Finding transportation: Having someone accompany you to your appointments would be a must-do in my opinion. Oftentimes, you would appreciate having that support person by your side. They can help write notes, ask questions to clarify, or just be there for your personal shoulder to cry on. Other times, it may be best to have someone drive you to and from your chemotherapy injections in case you have any side effects, such as sleepiness.

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Support Vital Breast Cancer Research
Breast cancer can adversely affect women's bones. Cancer treatment in particular can take a toll on bones, weakening them and putting women at a high risk for fractures. These women develop signs of osteoporosis which includes bone loss and bone pain. Dr. Catherine Van Poznak, from the University of Michigan's Comprehensive Cancer Center, is studying ways to diagnose, treat and prevent bone loss and discomfort among women diagnosed with breast cancer. She is also studying ways to identify breast cancers that are more likely to spread to the bone. Donations through this Gift That Gives More™ will go towards supporting Dr. Van Poznak and her research team. Thank you!

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