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What does Breastie mean?

The term "breasties" is a slang term that refers to close friends or a tight-knit group of women who have formed a strong bond through their shared experiences with breast cancer. It is often used to describe a supportive community of women who provide emotional support, understanding, and encouragement to one another during their breast cancer journeys. The term emphasizes the camaraderie and solidarity among women facing similar challenges and serves as a way to foster connection and empowerment within the breast cancer community.

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