Becoming a breast cancer survivor is bound to teach you a few life lessons. You get a chance to give up pretense, develop some focus for the fight, cultivate your supportive relationships, and get the truly important things done. Here are the stories of 10 breast cancer survivors who took on the challenge, and are ready to pass on their life lessons to you. Read what these strong women consider the most important things they learned from breast cancer.
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, you and your family will be experiencing waves of emotion. Knowing what other survivors have experienced and getting help early in the process is very helpful. Read about the normal stages of emotion that come with breast cancer diagnosis.
Your clinical breast exam is done by a health professional during an office visit. This breast examination is similar to your monthly breast self exam. Learn what to expect at your clinical breast exam.
After breast surgery, you may need to do some arm exercises to regain strength and flexibility. Before you get started, talk to your doctor about doing arm exercises after breast surgery. Here are several easy arm exercises you can do, to keep or regain your range of motion.
Chemotherapy can lower your blood counts. A complete blood count (CBC), is a routine blood test done regularly during treatment for breast cancer. A CBC will reveal such conditions as neutropenia, anemia or thrombocytopenia. All of these conditions can be treated. Ask for and keep a copy of each of your CBCs.
Looking for a new “normal” with your loved one takes a coordinated effort. Physical, emotional, and spiritual changes will affect your physical relationship. Rebuilding your intimate life takes time, persistence, creativity, empathy, and good communication. Don't give up - here are some tips for rebuilding your intimate relationship.
Surgical drains are one of the things you may have to deal with after a mastectomy or lumpectomy. Surgical drains are located where they will aid the healing process. Learn more about the location and care of post-mastectomy surgical drains here.
Cyclical breast pain is related to your menstrual periods. Estrogen and progesterone rise and fall in response to your cycle or to birth control pills. Breast pain will vary according to natural hormones or the hormones in your birth control pills. Learn how your menstrual cycle and birth control pills affects your breast pain.
Arm lymphedema (swelling) can happen after you've had lymph nodes removed during breast cancer surgery. Gentle exercise with free weights can help reduce swelling caused by lymphedema. Here's how to do these arm lymphedema exercises.
Finding out the exact size of your breast cancer tumor affects the staging of your cancer and your treatment decisions. Do you know what size your tumor is? Here's a good way to visualize your tumor size.
Elastography is a new technology for imaging breast tissue, and it may be better than mammography, ultrasound, and MRI at distinguishing between benign and cancerous areas. Elastograms can find a cancerous lump without the need for a biopsy.