Roundup: Popular blogs of 2020

December 17, 2020

Named a top breast cancer blog by Healthline, read a roundup of inspiring personal stories shared with the Living Beyond Breast Cancer community this year. 

What I Wish I Knew: Coping with chemobrain

Barbara Goodman, of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in 2015. In this What I Wish I Knew, she writes about chemobrain and how acknowledging the problem helped her manage it. Read more. 

What I Wish I knew: Dealing with sexual side effects

Bobbi Albany shares her experience with sexual side effects, techniques and tools she’s found that help, and what is still needed to help women with breast cancer. Read more.

Relief despite skepticism: CBD for breast cancer side effects

Andrea Mathias Schmucki shares her experience using and finding relief with CBD for side effects after a metastatic breast cancer recurrence. Read more. 

What to expect from a virtual appointment 

In response to COVID-19, many people with breast cancer are meeting with their healthcare providers virtually. Hear from four women diagnosed with breast cancer about the advantages and disadvantages of telehealth, and how to get the most out of your virtual appointments. Read more. 

What I Wish I Knew: Deciding to get a port

Izabela Gardula, 36, was diagnosed with stage III hormone receptor-positive, HER2-positive breast cancer in August 2016. She shares that she wished she had a port during chemotherapy treatment, and the questions she wished she asked her care team. Read more. 

Taking on 21 years of treatment side effects

Terlisa Sheppard, 53, was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2001. She reflects on the challenging side effects of metastatic breast cancer treatments and how she cares for her physical and mental health. Read more. 

Speaking out: Taking time for myself helped me get the care I need

LA Milam was diagnosed with stage II, hormone receptor-positive breast cancer in 2014. She shares how finding her voice drastically altered the path of her treatment by helping gain back the control of her life she desperately needed. She is a strong advocate for her care and treatment. Read more. 

PTSD and breast cancer treatment: Dalynn Coffman 

Dalynn Coffman shares how her treatment experiences contributed to a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, and how talking with an oncopsychiatrist was the first step in getting the help she needed. Read more.

After three clinical trials, the side effects are worth it

Lori Burwell, who has been living with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer for more than five years, shares her enthusiasm for participating in clinical trials while highlighting the importance of understanding the non-medical side effects of time, anxiety, and money. Read more. 

Learning to live with my fear of recurrence

Michelle McGree was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 28 and again at age 34. She shares how she manages her unshakeable fear that the cancer would return. Read more. 

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