The social network for women facing breast cancer.

Friends and family usually mean well. It’s fair to say they always mean well when they hear that you have breast cancer. But sometimes, how they respond comes across…a little awkward. Share if you’ve been there.

MyBCTeam is the social network for women facing breast cancer. Sometimes strangers who have been in your shoes feel closer than friends and family.

 

 

The following is a personal story written by Kristy, an ambassador of MyBCTeam, the social network for women facing breast cancer. Below she shares how when planning to begin a family, her breast cancer journey began. 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. Read more at www.MyBCTeam.com

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When I was younger, I used to fear death. “What happens to us?” “What if I never see you again?” I used to ask my parents questions all of the time. One night when I was having trouble sleeping my Dad said to me, “Kristy, we are all going to die. It’s a fact of life, but if you spend the rest of your life worrying about when it’s going to happen then what kind of life have you lived?” read more…

The following is a personal story from Nancy, an ambassador of MyBCTeam, the social network for women facing breast cancer. Below she shares her story through an inspirational and emotional poem she wrote. 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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Nancy and her husband on a recent trip to Puerto Rico.

He held his breath

She blurted: I should have this lump checked out
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The below post is from the Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation. Amy Niles, Director of Patient Advocacy and Professional Relations, shares with MyBCTeam the resources and services that PAN can offer to those who are underinsured. 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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For thousands of breast cancer patients, including many members of the MyBCTeam Nurse Assisting Patient Undergoing Mammogramcommunity, one of the first questions regarding treatment and quality of life is, “How will I pay for this?” Patients who have been just getting by or even those who consider themselves fully financially stable often find themselves unable to afford the out-of-pocket costs associated with their prescribed medications. For many, the Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation may be able to help.
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The following is a personal story written by Kristy, an ambassador of MyBCTeam, the social network for women facing breast cancer. Below she shares how when planning to begin a family, her breast cancer journey began. 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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When I was asked to do this blog, I wasn’t quite sure where to begin. I guess that I’ll begin where any good story begins…the beginning.kristy_photo

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Well, maybe not the very beginning, 19 years of me growing up is a pretty average story. The beginning of this story starts in October of 1998. I was 19-years-old. At the time, I was trying to set a friend up with a co-worker and wasn’t even thinking about love for myself.
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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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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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