Skip to main content


Showing posts from November, 2023

Clinical Trials

As a woman who has thrived through triple negative breast cancer, I understand the concerns and mistrust that exist within the black and brown community towards doctors and medical research. The historical mistreatment of our community, such as the Tuskegee syphilis experiment and the unethical use of abortion pills, has left a lasting impact on our trust in the medical field. However, it is important to recognize the significance of clinical trials in advancing cancer treatment and improving outcomes for patients like us. Clinical trials are crucial for developing new treatments and therapies specifically tailored to triple negative breast cancer, which disproportionately affects black and brown women. These trials help researchers understand the effectiveness and safety of potential treatments, as well as identify any potential side effects. By participating in clinical trials, we have the opportunity to contribute to the development of new therapies that may benefit not only ourselv

A wacky time

Once upon a time, in the wild and wacky world of my early twenties, I found myself facing a formidable opponent - cancer. Yep, you heard that right. At an age when most people are busy figuring out their career paths and perfecting their selfie game, I was thrown into a battle for my life. But let me tell you, I didn't let cancer steal my sense of humor. Oh no, I fought back with laughter and a whole lot of sass. When the doctors told me I needed a double mastectomy, I couldn't help but crack a joke about finally getting the perk of never having to wear a bra again. Who needs those pesky undergarments anyway, am I right?

Embracing Life's Twists and Turns: A Breast Cancer Journey

Hey there, beautiful souls! I'm Barbara George, and I want to take a moment to share my story with you. For the past 20 years, I have been battling breast cancer, all while navigating the joys and challenges of motherhood. When I was first diagnosed, my children were just five years old, and now they stand before me as adults, a testament to the strength and resilience that cancer cannot diminish. I'll be honest, when I received my diagnosis, I was overwhelmed with fear and uncertainty. The thought of not being there to witness my children grow up was a heavy burden to bear. But let me tell you, my journey has been a powerful reminder that breast cancer is not a death sentence. It may slow us down, throw obstacles in our path, but it cannot extinguish the fire within us. As a woman who has faced the trials and tribulations of urban life, I understand the unique challenges that come with it. Life can be tough, gritty, and sometimes even "ghetto," but it is

Rising Above: A Journey of Breast Cancer Survival and Advocacy

 Written By Rachel Moens "Courage doesn't mean that you are not afraid; it means that you take action despite your fear." - Unknown Through my personal journey, I discovered the power of giving voice to the voiceless. In this section, I will share how I became an advocate for breast cancer patients and survivors, raising awareness and fighting for their rights. Let's empower others to speak up and break the silence surrounding this illness.I believe that hope is an essential element in healing. I will talk about the importance of spreading hope and positivity to others facing breast cancer. Together, we can create a supportive community and ignite the flame of hope in the hearts of those who need it most.  I firmly believe in the power of sisterhood. Let's delve into the importance of providing emotional support and resources for women battling breast cancer.

Triple Negative Breast Cancer in Younger Black and Latina Women

Explore the unique challenges faced by younger black and Latina women with triple negative breast cancer, and potential strategies for addressing this issue. Understanding the importance of studying triple negative breast cancer and its impact on younger black and Latina women. Definition and Characteristics What is Triple Negative Breast Cancer? A type of breast cancer that lacks hormone receptors for estrogen, progesterone, and HER2. Characteristics Highly aggressive, fast-growing tumors that can be challenging to treat. Comparison to Other Types Distinguishing features and implications of triple negative breast cancer vs. other subtypes. Prevalence in Younger Black and Latina Women Statistics and Data Highlighting the disproportionate incidence of triple negative breast cancer in this demographic. Risk Factors Exploring the contributing factors such as genetic predisposition, socioeconomic disparities, and health inequities. Impact and Challenges Faced Physical, Emotional, and Finan

Link For Zoom Yoga 💕💕

Revealing Your Cancer Diagnosis to Your Child's School: A Guide to Navigating Difficult Conversations

Delicate conversations about your cancer diagnosis are crucial to ensure your child receives the support they need. Gain insights and tips from personal experiences to communicate effectively with your child's school.Dispelling the myth that cancer is an automatic death sentence. Let's educate our children about the diversity of cancer experiences and outcomes.Promoting a positive outlook and mindset, and focusing on the importance of support from family, friends, and medical professionals. Let's show our children that they are not alone.  Explaining chemotherapy to your children can be challenging. Use simple and age-appropriate language to help them understand the treatment. Discuss how chemotherapy works to fight the cancer cells in your body and the possible side effects it may cause. Reassure them that these effects are temporary.When discussing the purpose of the drugs used in chemotherapy, emphasize that they are meant to help you get better. Explain that the side ef

My Journey as a Triple Negative Breast Cancer Thriver

As a survivor of triple negative breast cancer, I want to share my personal journey of resilience and hope. Join me as I navigate the challenges and triumphs of my battle against this aggressive form of cancer. Together, we will shed light on the harsh realities of the disease and inspire others to find strength in the face of adversity.Cancer, a relentless and complex disease, affects the body in profound ways. It disrupts the delicate balance of healthy cells, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. From relentless fatigue to altered body image, we will explore the physical and emotional toll cancer takes.   A cancer diagnosis turns your world upside down. It brings forth a whirlwind of emotions and forces you to confront mortality head-on. But amidst the chaos, stories of courage and resilience  emerge. Chemotherapy, the powerful weapon against cancer, leaves behind a battlefield within the body. Nausea, hair loss, and weakened immune systems are just a few of the side effects e

Sex and Body Image After a Double Mastectomy

  Written by 10 year Cancer survivor: Janet Lowell Discover how to navigate intimacy and embrace your sexuality after a double mastectomy. From rebuilding confidence in your body to exploring new ways to feel sexy, this comprehensive guide offers insight and strategies to help you reclaim your sexual identity and find joy in your intimate relationships. Rediscovering Self-Love Embracing Change Learn to appreciate the beauty and strength of your changed body. Focus on self-care, explore body-positive resources and connect with support groups to boost self-esteem and foster self-love. Redefining Sensuality Discover sensual experiences beyond traditional ideas of physical appearance. Focus on connecting with your partner through emotional intimacy, exploring touch, and creating new ways to experience pleasure. Exploring Body-Affirming Practices Engage in activities that promote body acceptance and help you reconnect with your physical self. Practices such as yoga, meditation, art therapy,
Young women losing their lives to breast cancer is a devastating reality. Join me as we uncover the factors contributing to this tragedy and explore the urgent need for early detection, research advancements, and increased support for young women battling this disease. Together, we can change the narrative and save lives. Regular self-examinations and awareness of warning signs can lead to early detection and improved prognosis.Funding research initiatives dedicated to understanding the underlying causes of breast cancer in young women is vital for developing targeted treatments.Creating a network of support and empathy for young women experiencing the challenges of breast cancer can provide emotional strength during difficult times. 
When faced with a cancer diagnosis, some friends may withdraw, uncertain of how to navigate the complex emotions that accompany the journey. Yet, amidst the loss, new connections and unsung heroes emerge.
Chemotherapy often triggers waves of nausea and vomiting, making each meal a daunting task. The loss of hair can be emotionally devastating, challenging our perception of beauty and identity. Chemotherapy weakens the body's defense mechanism, leaving patients vulnerable to infections. Breast cancer awareness is crucial, particularly among black and brown women under 35. Let's shed light on the unique challenges they face and the importance of early detection. By empowering these communities with knowledge and resources, we can make a significant impact on reducing mortality rates. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among young women of color, and it tends to be diagnosed at later stages when treatment options are limited.We need to challenge the age restrictions on mammograms and advocate for early screenings, recognizing that breast cancer does not discriminate based on age.By providing accessible information about breast health and encouraging regular check-ups, we can e

7 months after surgery


Creating a Supportive Environment

Open Communication Encourage open communication in your family, providing a safe space for everyone to express their emotions, ask questions, and share concerns related to the cancer journey. Quality Time Make an effort to spend quality time together, engaging in activities that promote bonding, and create positive memories amidst challenging times. Normalize Feelings Let your child know that all feelings are valid and normal. Emphasize that it's okay to experience a wide range of emotions and provide support without judgment.

Amplifying Underrepresented Voices

We must amplify the voices of underrepresented communities to create a more equitable and just future. By providing platforms and opportunities for these voices to be heard, we empower individuals to share their stories and advocate for change.Celebrating the diversity within the cancer community is essential. By highlighting different experiences, challenges, and triumphs, we can challenge stereotypes, promote inclusivity, and ensure that everyone has access to the support they need. Building a supportive community is crucial for individuals facing cancer.  Connecting with others who share similar experiences can provide a sense of belonging, comfort, and understanding.Giving and receiving emotional support is vital throughout the cancer journey. Whether it's through support groups, therapy, or simply lending a listening ear, emotional support can make a significant difference in one's well-being.Practical assistance, such as helping with daily tasks or providing transportatio

The Impact of Cancer Organizations on My Journey

Throughout my cancer journey, organizations like Susan G. Komen, the American Cancer Society, Cancer Care, The Breasties, Brca Strong and so many more have been invaluable sources of support. As a young black Latina, it's been especially challenging not seeing people who look like me represented. That's why I share my story - to empower women from similar backgrounds and show them that they are not alone.I am incredibly grateful to the cancer organizations that have supported me every step of the way. Their resources, guidance, and compassion have been instrumental in my journey towards recovery. Being a young adult with cancer comes with its unique set of challenges. From disrupting education and career plans to facing the emotional and physical toll of treatment, navigating this journey requires immense strength and resilience.The lack of representation for black Latinas in the cancer community can make the journey even more isolating. Seeing people who look like us triumph o
"Children experiencing a loved one's cancer journey may need extra support. Providing a safe space for expression, encouraging open communication, and connecting them with professional counseling services can help them navigate their emotions and feel supported throughout this difficult time." - Dr. Sarah Ross, Child Psychologist

Life After Cancer: A Journey of Strength and Resilience

 Written by: Erica Banks   The bustling crazy world, life is a constant battle after surviving cancer. Despite the assumption that everything is back to normal, I wrestle daily with the invisible scars. The mirror, once a source of confidence, now reminds me of the journey I've endured. This shit has been hard this shit has been different I have been weaker than I have ever been.Every day brings reminders of the relentless fight against cancer - the faint scars, the fatigue that lingers, and the constant vigilance. Though the battle may be behind me, its echoes resonate in the depths of my being. Has Cancer Consumed my life yes it has I almost died ! I almost died!!!! Almost doesn't count !  In a world that moves at lightning speed, my struggles often go unnoticed. It's as if I've become invisible, lost among the sea of people who fail to understand the lasting impact of my battle.While the world sees resilience, they fail to grasp the depth of my vulnerability. They as