Posts Tagged ‘young women’

#GivingTuesdays Six-Word Memoir: Part Two

December 3, 2013

This morning, we unveiled part one of our three-part breast cancer six-word memoir campaign for  #GivingTuesday. Here is part two. Don’t forget to double your impact with our #GivingTuesday matching campaign!


Like our six-word memoir series during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the mini-stories you submitted have touched everyone here at Living Beyond Breast Cancer. We’re overjoyed so many of you were willing to write six-words about how our organization impacted you, or how you felt after using our programs and services.  (more…)

#GivingTuesday Six-Word Memoirs: Part One

December 3, 2013

Last week, we collected your six-word memoirs for our #GivingTuesday activities. Today, we’re unveiling them in three parts as you support us on this international day of giving.

We’ve notified you about our website and social media for the past week to let you know about our #GivingTuesday activities. As the match campaign begins, we’re proud to present our six-word memoir campaign for this day of giving. The gallery below contains the first of our three-part series.


Giving Back to LBBC: Amy Lessack’s Story

November 27, 2013

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving will be the second annual #GivingTuesday, a national online initiative and day of giving back to charities, nonprofit organizations and important causes. Amy Lessack wrote this blog post on why she’s giving back to LBBC and why you should, too.

I recently learned about a national online initiative called #GivingTuesday and thought it was such a cool idea. The objective of the day is to have everyone everywhere donate or host charitable activities to benefit an organization of their choice the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.  Well, for me, the answer is easy:  Yes, of course I will “Give on Tuesday” and…my organization of choice is Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC)!

LBBC does amazing things for women who are diagnosed with breast cancer and really for anyone who is impacted by the disease, including family members, friends, caregivers or healthcare providers. What makes LBBC a unique organization to gravitate to is the personal touch given by the staff and the services they offer.  LBBC offers webinars, community meetings and face-to-face conferences, as well as the Breast Cancer Helpline, which is staffed by survivors who lovingly answer calls and help where they can by just listening, offering support and resources – instead of just relying on “Dr. Google.”   (more…)

Nothing Can Make This Stand Up Comedian Sit Down – Not Even Cancer

November 20, 2013


LBBC would like to welcome our newest blogger Nikki Black. Nikki was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer 5 months ago at the age of 23. 

Five months ago I was sitting on the examination table in the office of my primary physician, waiting as she printed out the order for the next day’s ultrasound. “You don’t seem very concerned about this,” she said. I smiled and shook my head, comfortable under the veil of invulnerability that comes with youth. “That’s good,” she added, “I’m not too concerned either.”

I left her office reassured that the lump I had found while showering was most likely nothing, that the ultrasound would confirm this, that student loans would remain my biggest concern for the foreseeable future. I was 23-years-old; I had no family history. There was, at that moment, no cause for concern.

Unfortunately, the next day brought ultrasounds which were “suspicious”, which led to the mammograms, labeled “troubling”, and finally a biopsy, which became defining. A week after that doctor’s visit, I looked up at a bright June sky and tried to comprehend that my life would never be the same. I had breast cancer. (more…)

Living and Loving Life, One Step At A Time…

November 18, 2013

KelleeS01wKelly Southern is a vibrant 45 year old mother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin, friend who loves life and lives in Silver Spring, MD. She loves to read, dance and spend time with her family. She has 3 beautiful children: 2 boys ages 26 (Glenn) & 22 (Joshua) and 1 girl (Angelique) age 15. She has been married to her  best friend (Alvin) for 24 years. Her family is the most important thing to her and it’s the little things in life that make her happy, like laughter. When she hears them laugh, she is happy. Here she shares her story about her journey with breast cancer…

Kellee and I live in Silver Spring, MD. I received the shocker of my life in 2 parts. The first news came on my 45th birthday on Dec. 27, 2012 as I was told in my follow-up diagnostic mammogram that I have a lump that they were very worried about and I needed to get a biopsy as soon as possible. The doctor’s expression told me everything at that point, but I followed through the process of getting the first biopsy on my right breast only to receive the news on Jan 8, 2013, that I had Stage 3 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Right Axillary Lymph Node Metastatic Carcinoma and later tests also showed it in my Internal Mammary Lymph Nodes.

So after many doctor appointments and tests (BSGI, stereotactic biopsy on left breast, echocardiogram, PET/CT Scan), it was decided that my treatment plan would go as follows: chemo for 18 weeks (6 rounds, 1 every 3 weeks), mastectomy, radiation.

All of this information crowded into my little brain was serious information overload….WOW! Everything was moving so fast. Too fast. So many people were giving me information, sharing their stories or a story about somebody they knew. I was googling like I never had before. I was drained and getting depressed from everything I was reading and hearing. (more…)

Blog Back: A Welcome Shift in Access to Healthcare Coverage

October 31, 2013

Welcome to October’s “Blog Back” column, a recent feature on the blog where the Living Beyond Breast Cancer staff write about their thoughts and experiences for you. This month’s columnist is Michelle Bielko, our Editor and Manager, Publications. In this “Blog Back” post, Michelle writes about her experience working on the Cancer Insurance Checklist, and what the shifting access in healthcare coverage means to her. 

As a volunteer emergency department liaison at a community hospital, too often I’ve overheard an individual in the throes of an emergent medical injury or illness exclaim with panic, “I don’t have health insurance. Will you still treat me?”, upon approaching the check-in desk. In those milliseconds before a patient registrar offers assurance that emergency care will be given regardless of insurance status, that individual often looks as if she or he fears hearing another set of words instead: “I’m sorry. In that case, we cannot treat you” — as if turning around and walking out the doors might be expected of her or him at a time of urgent medical need. (more…)

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Recommended Reading, Part II: “It’s Not About the Hair” and “Things I’d Wish I’d Known”

October 30, 2013

In Part II of our three-part book review series for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) 2013, Living Beyond Breast Cancer staff members take a turn reviewing books near and dear to their hearts. Lynn Folkman, manager of volunteer programs, writers about “It’s Not About the Hair: And Other Uncertainties of Life and Cancer,” by Debra Jarvis, Mdiv, and writer and web content coordinator Josh Fernandez reviews Deborah J. Cornwall’s “Things I Wish I’d Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out.”

It’s Not About the Hair: And Other Uncertainties of Life and Cancer (By Debra Jarvis, published by Sasquatch Books, 2008)

In the vast sea of breast cancer memoirs, I am happy to say “It’s Not About the Hair: And Other Uncertainties of Life and Cancer,” by Debra Jarvis, Mdiv, provides the reader with an infusion (no pun intended) of humor. Debra combines her self- deprecating humor, spiritual nature and no-nonsense voice to produce a witty, tender memoir about her breast cancer experience. I am one who loves to discover and read about lessons, be it my own or others. Debra as an ordained minister weaves stories of patients she’s seen, along with her own cancer journey, to reveal wonderful nuggets of insights throughout the book.

Her voice and sense of humor are true to herself. She writes about the expanse and range of emotions that individuals experience during a diagnosis of cancer. Debra respects that everyone has their own journey and her job as a chaplain is to assist people in finding their own way to their own truth. Debra says, “It means you feel your feeling, give that a voice, and then move on.” (more…)

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Recommended Reading, Part I: “Butterfly Wishes on Wings” and “It’s Always Something”

October 29, 2013

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) 2013 comes to a close, our dedicated staff, volunteers and contributors want to share recommended reading that will inspire you, make you laugh and, above all, help you realize you are not alone. First up, regular blog contributor Ronda Walker Weaver and LBBC board member and long-time volunteer, Margaret Zuccotti, review books that have personally impacted them during their breast cancer journeys. Margaret reviews “Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings: When someone you love has cancer…a hopeful, helpful book for kids,” written by Ellen McVicker and illustrated by Nanci Hersh, and Ronda writes about the late comedienne and Saturday Night Live performer Gilda Radner’s “It’s Always Something.”

Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings: When someone you love has cancer…a hopeful, helpful book for kids (Written by Ellen McVicker and illustrated by Nanci Hersh, self-published 2008)

“The other day my mom went to the doctor. She didn’t even look sick, but she said she had to go anyway.” And so opens the story “Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings-When someone you love has cancer…a hopeful, helpful book for kids” written by Ellen McVicker and illustrated by Nanci Hersh.


Breast Cancer Six-Word Memoirs for BCAM 2013 – Week of Oct. 13

October 23, 2013

You’ve submitted them, and we’ve posted them – here’s week three of LBBC’s breast cancer six-word memoirs! Inspired by Smith Magazine’s project, the Six-Word Memoir, we’ve started a campaign to highlight your experience with breast cancer using the six words that best describe your journey (or an aspect of it). This campaign is ongoing throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Marsha Wheatley's Six-Word Memoir for Oct. 17, 2013.

Marsha Wheatley’s Six-Word Memoir for Oct. 17, 2013.

We are now in week three of our month-long BCAM breast cancer six-word memoir campaign. We thank everyone who has contributed to this project so far — your stories continue to move and inspire us!


Breast Cancer Six-Word Memoirs for BCAM 2013 – Week of Oct. 6

October 21, 2013

We at Living Beyond Breast Cancer want to make sure women with breast cancer have opportunities to tell their stories and inspire others in October and beyond. Feeling inspired by Smith Magazine, the creators of the Six-Word Memoir project, LBBC is collecting and posting your six-word memoirs as part of our BCAM efforts. Here’s our second week of breast cancer six-word memoirs.

Lisa Harris's Six-Word Memoir for Oct. 10, 2013.

Lisa Harris’s Six-Word Memoir for Oct. 10, 2013.

You’ve been following our six-word memoir posts on Facebook, and viewed our very short stories the week of Oct. 1.



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