Twitter Chat

Talking to Your Kids About Breast Cancer

May 17, 2017
12:00pm to 01:00pm
2017-05-17 12:00:00 2017-05-17 13:00:00 America/New_York Talking to Your Kids About Breast Cancer  


If you are a parent, one of your biggest concerns after being diagnosed with breast cancer may be how to talk to your child or children about your diagnosis, treatment and the changes that may lie ahead. In addition to communicating with your children, there are other challenges that parents with breast cancer face.

During this Twitter Chat our panel of experts and parents who have been diagnosed with breast cancer will share their parenting challenges and successes, communication tips and other resources to help you.  

This Twitter Chat is presented by our Young Women's Initiative . Use #LBBCChat to follow and join the chat. 



Hollye Jacobs, RN, MS, MSW
Hollye Jacobs, RN, MS, MSW is a nurse, social worker, child development specialist, and speaker who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. She speaks publicly and writes about her experience on the award-winning The Silver Pen blog.

Marisa Nowitz, MSW, LCSW
Marisa Nowitz, MSW, LCSW is a clinical social work counselor at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.  Ms. Nowitz has 15 years of health care social work experience, including 11 years in oncology social work.

Marisa Gefen, MD
Marisa Gefen, MD is a primary care physician and the medical director at CityLife Neighborhood Clinics in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians and is on the board of Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

Tomika Bryant 

Tomika Bryant is a wife and mother of two children ages 10 and 13. She is a trained biochemist turned sports-mom. A city girl, who now resides in the suburbs of Philadelphia but still loves the sights and sounds of the city. She can be found traveling DC, Maryland, New York, and Philly, and bringing lots of people along for the ride.

Laura ChapaLaura Chapa
Laura Chapa was diagnosed with metastatic, triple-negative breast cancer in October 2012. Laura is a youth services librarian and has continued to work full-time. She became a LBBC Young Advocate in September 2016 and has been working to bring more awareness to breast cancer, specifically for young women with metastatic breast cancer. 

Roxanne Martinez
Roxanne Martinez is a 5-year breast cancer survivor and community advocate. Diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer at the age of 30, she had a mastectomy and chemotherapy while pregnant. Professionally, she is the founder/president of Roxstar Marketing. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her family.

Emily Sippola
Emily Sippola is a parent, student, activist/community organizer, Girl Scout leader, and freelance writer and analyst. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014.




Book Giveaway!  Be one of the first 50 people to sign-up for the Twitter Chat and to follow us on Twitter @LivingBeyondBC and receive a free copy of The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer by Hollye Jacobs. 




This Twitter Chat is supported by the Grant or Cooperative Agreement Number 1 U58 DP005403, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.


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