Our spirits enter this world taking up residence in a human body. At birth we are looked upon immediately for identification of our sex and having all essential parts. Then the exploration begins as to whom the baby resembles and so on. We are now no longer anonymous but have certain identifying features. People relate to us in many different ways and we are soon cognizant of expectations of family, friends, and society. Our body image develops out of all of these influences. When our bodies are found to harbor cancer, the image that we have of our selves can be threatened. Chemotherapy and radiation can result in visible changes that create an adjustment to these body changes.

Celebrating Milestones  Starting treatment, especially chemo, is flat out scary.  No one can really explain what it feels like and it affects everyone differently.  Fear of the unknown is a powerful thing, and your flight response kicks in to high gear. Chemo treatments range in their side effects, duration, and frequency.  One person’s experience can be vastly different from someone else’s.  Considering I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, I was given an aggressive chemo cocktail to combat it.

We all want a doctor who’s smart, with great technical knowledge and skills. But what if the doctor has no emotional connection with what the cancer patient is experiencing? In his video essay, "Exposed", Dr. Scott Winner explores how that emotional disconnect can affect doctors and their patients.

Roy Williams, the doctor treating Bette Martin for her metasticized breast cancer, has dozens of medical professionals on his side. He consulted with them about Bette’s case at the PinnacleHealth Tumor Board.

(Chambersburg) -- Some cancer patients say they believe a positive attitude and family support can make a world of difference. Husbands, fathers and boyfriends can play a big role in helping women struggling with breast cancer.

Yoga on the Steps, a unique fundraising event for Living Beyond Breast Cancer, provides a way for communities to show support for women affected by breast cancer - through sharing stories and enjoying the healing benefits of yoga.

The PET/CT indicates that I no longer have active cancer. I asked the oncologist if this means I am in remission. Yes. Is it a miracle that I am in remission given what I was diagnosed with nearly a year ago? Yes. 

Bette was diagnosed with breast cancer but it was successfully treated. Then, a shocking discovery of stage IV cancer in her bones, liver and brain made her ask herself "Do I fight this, or give in?" Watch her inspirational journey about how she's facing cancer in her life, fighting it, and also helping others.

Facing breast cancer is not a bond this mother and daughter wanted to share, but it's made them closer than ever. 

Connie Dunklebarger is a breast cancer survivor turned activist.  She collected tried and true family recipes and printed them in a cookbook to raise some money for breast cancer research.

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