Smiling Equals Optimism

By Imani / Guest Blogger
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July 29, 2015

It’s funny how some moments in your life seem so critical and threatening at the time, only to become a mere thought after they’ve past. You stress yourself in the moment thinking you will never get past it, or you dread each day, for fear that even worse news will come. The days don’t seem […]

Healing, Support and Communication

By Yvonne Patten RN MSN
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December 29, 2014

Hearing the words “You have cancer” must be one of the worst experiences a person can face. Cancer  or any other  life-threatening illness,  can be emotionally and physically overwhelming not only for the individual, but for their  family and friends as well.  A consultation with a Palliative Care Team is beneficial to help alleviate some […]

My Mother, MotherDear

By Miriam | Guest Blogger
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May 09, 2014

My Mother, Esther White, affectionately known as “Mother Dear,” was my greatest teacher.  She was the voice of reason inside my head . . . encouraging, cheering, praising and sometimes admonishing. She was my alter ego, my conscience. She encouraged me to work harder, strive higher and to be a better version of myself.  She […]

The First Person I Called Was My Mother

By Karen / Guest Blogger
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April 23, 2014

When I received the call that my biopsy was malignant for cancer, I remember the first person I called was my mother. I couldn’t speak, I couldn’t breathe, and she knew right away what I had just been told. I will never forget the words that came out of her mouth.  “Okay, what’s next and […]

My Journey Began with a Simple Mastectomy

By Betty / Guest Blogger
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April 09, 2014

My story of breast cancer involves a simple mastectomy.  But my story also includes  a story of a young girl, named Susan. She graduated from high school with my older son, Duke, and worked with me at Southern Bell (later BellSouth). Susan and her husband, Brian, were trying to have children.  When she missed a couple of periods, […]

You Have to Laugh

By Muriel the Editor
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April 04, 2014

My theory is it takes a lot of humor to get through being diagnosed with breast cancer.  If you don’t laugh, you will cry. And although crying is a good emotional outlet, a breast cancer diagnosis requires a lot of resilience – navigating your way through the ordeal is pretty much like a three-ring circus.  […]

My Very Own Dream Team

By Martha | Guest Blogger
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April 02, 2014

I don’t often get to thank my doctors diagnosis, treatment and remission. But this year Doctors’ Day gave me the opportunity to do just that – and I just couldn’t pass it up. The very first Doctors’ Day was celebrated on March 30, 1933, in Winder, Georgia, when Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles […]

Shocking News! My Mother Has Breast Cancer

By Imani / Guest Blogger
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March 05, 2014

  When I first found out my mom was diagnosed with stage I triple negative breast cancer, I thought how? Not one person in our immediate family had ever been diagnosed with breast cancer and my mother has always lived a healthy and fit lifestyle. Hearing the news blew my mind and I struggled to […]

Life Lessons from Survivors

By Sharon / Guest Blogger
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February 19, 2014

My life resembles an expandable loose-leaf notebook filled with experiences, challenges and setbacks. Into that three-hole punch binder, relatives, friends and co-workers have added comments, instructions and observations about the village we all call life.   I have paid attention. I have taken notes. But I have not been a willing student when it comes […]