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Breast Cancer Stories
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What They Fear

This article was originally published on Medium. Re-published with permission from the author. They swarmed towards me and then past me, a pink vortex of t-shirts, feather boas and every tacky accessory imaginable. And characters: a pink-clad Minnie Mouse posing for...

Breast Cancer–The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me?

As I was listening to a panel of women share their experience with breast cancer, one of them happily admitted that breast cancer was the best thing that had ever happened to her. The voice inside my head screeched, "Is she nuts?!". Really and truly, I could never...

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On Location: North of Wickenburg, Arizona.

Location: North of Wickenburg, Arizona. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are publishing a series of Bob’s “On Location” stories. Conditions: 115 degrees, NO cell service.  VERY hot boulder, BARE feet.  FORTY (yes, 40) foot drop on the other side of the...

Boat Dock. Rockaway Beach, New York.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are publishing a series of Bob’s “On Location” stories. We were in the Rockaway's 4 years ago and I saw this lovely scene: a peaceful boat dock and a defunct boat dealership. The buildings in the back were nice and...

On Location: The “Breaking Bad” Shot

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are publishing a series of Bob’s “On Location” stories. Location: Primm, Nevada. Home of what used to be the one of the tallest roller coaster in the world at 225 feet. Scenario: Dirt road behind and west of Buffalo Bill's...

On Location at the St. Louis, Missouri Arch

Arch. St. Louis Missouri. 2013 In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are publishing a series of Bob's "On Location" stories. Passerby: I am calling the park police right now, if a child saw you that it would be bad. Bob:  We have been doing this for 10 years...

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Poetry: Pocketful of Glass

Stuck my hand into A pocketful of glass Smoothed by the sand Dulled by the sea. They fail to understand How I withdraw my hand Unharmed. They stare in alarm, Concerned, as if I'd been maimed, Or burned. I wonder the same, Unimpressed, and recall that Sharp shards of...

It’s Been Five Months

It's now five months since the loss of our MaryAnne DiCanto. Missing you every moment my darling. Five months without you baby and still stuck. As promised, I'm trying to get better. But I don't know what better should feel like. Books on the subject suck and...

Four Months Since We Parted My Darling

A message for you my darling MaryAnne DiCanto Four months since we parted, my darling. I'm still here as you know; heart sick, broken, and madly in love with you. It's not just your memory I hang on to; I cling to your presence. That flicker of certainty that you are...

Happy 60th Birthday from Here My Darling MaryAnn

Today, July 28, is our beloved MaryAnne DiCanto's 60th Birthday. Each year on this day we made our one and only goal for the year - to get to the next birthday. There was always a creative cake, like the one last year made out of her favorite donuts. There were always...

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Metastatic Breast Cancer
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Deborah Lira’s Breast Cancer Battle

I have been searching for an answer for all of my abdominal symptoms that had been going on for almost two years.
The last test was a contrast MRI.
It was what my MRI revealed.
“You have cancer.” After 13 years of being cancer-free and finally feeling free, I got the diagnosis.
“You have Breast cancer in your T9 rib and T9, T10 and T11 vertebra.” I now have metastatic breast cancer or stage IV.
I was diagnosed early the first time and treatment was short in 2004.
Because I have had breast cancer, no insurance would insure me for disability.
I don’t know how long treatment will take.
I am beginning radiation and will be also doing immunotherapy or chemotherapy depending upon how much the cancer metastasized Right now we need help.
I am searching for anything to help keep us in our house, to keep our heads above water, while I figure out how to fight the biggest battle of my life, for my life.

Breast cancer co-survivors ‘not giving up’

For April Jones and Drenia Wilson, being diagnosed with cancer did not mean it was the end of the world.
The one mile walk begins at 8:15 a.m. “Quitting was not an option,” Wilson said.
She was 31 years old and had five kids at home when diagnosed. “At that time, the thought was that breast cancer happened to women who were 40 or older or those who had family history,” she said.
She was given 18 months to live.
She has learned that all breast cancer patients do not require surgery or chemo and thanks to MRIs and ultrasounds, along with mammograms and self-checks, early detection is saving lives of women and men. “I thank God for my support team and the Komen group,” she said.
In May 2016, she was diagnosed with skin cancer, and switched treatment to another chemotherapy.
Now, she has no evidence of breast cancer and is in the middle of reconstructive surgery. “I enjoy life’s events better,” she said.

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New approach could better predict breast cancer risk due to family history.
CC-BY 2.0 Scientists funded by Breast Cancer Now and Cancer Research UK have demonstrated a more accurate method to assess a woman’s familial risk of breast cancer, which could one day be added to existing models to help better predict an individual’s overall risk of breast cancer.
In a new analysis of 103,738 women from the Breast Cancer Now Generations Study, published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, researchers have shown that the Family History Score (FHS) – applied to breast cancer incidence for the first time – can better determine a woman’s breast cancer risk due to her family history than existing methods, such as assessing the number of relatives diagnosed with breast cancer, the type of relative diagnosed and their age(s) at diagnosis.
The new approach takes into account both the actual number of breast cancer cases in a woman’s first degree relatives and the expected number given the family’s size and age-structure.
Predicting risk more precisely In new research, scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research, London demonstrated that assessing family history not only by cases in the family but also in the context of their family size and age structure can offer a more accurate prediction of risk.
This Family History Score takes into account the size and structure of a woman’s family, and compares the number of breast cancer cases that occurred in her family with the number expected in the general population.
“Improving the way we measure familial risk of breast cancer is important to help make better predictions about individual women’s risk, in order to offer women better advice on the implications of their family history for themselves and their relatives.” ‘A really important finding’ Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now, which helped fund the study, said: “That this new approach could more precisely bring to light an individuals’ familial risk of breast cancer is a really important finding.
“Having an increased risk of breast cancer due to a family history can understandably cause considerable anxiety, and the ability to assess this increase with even greater accuracy will now be fundamental in helping women make informed choices to manage their risk.
If anyone is concerned that they may have an increased risk of breast cancer due to their family history, we’d highly encourage you to speak to your GP.” Helping women make informed decisions Professor Arnie Purushotham, Cancer Research UK’s senior clinical adviser, said: “This important study reveals a more precise way to predict a woman’s chances of developing breast cancer if she has a family history of the disease.
This new approach could help women, with their doctors, make informed decisions on whether to take preventative action against breast cancer.” With more women being diagnosed with breast cancer than ever before, the Breast Cancer Now Generations Study – which is based at The Institute of Cancer Research, London – continues to investigate the genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that may change a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.

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Breast cancer research gets boost at Penn State Hershey

Author: Andrew Forgotch abc27 News / Source: The Sentinel abc27 Dr. Nancy Lill explains an aggressive breast cancer diagnosis at the Cancer Institute at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. HERSHEY – Groundbreaking research into breast cancer treatments is...

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Bloomingdale’s Gathers Yogis for Breast Cancer

In the early morning hours of  Saturday, October 3rd we launched our breast cancer awareness campaign, #Dare2Tutu, at Bloomingdale's 59th Street store in New York. When we entered there was a hush throughout the store, pink yoga mats were neatly placed on the floor...

Companies that Care: Classic Kids

Photography, tutu's, and raising money to help those living with breast cancer... in our opinion it doesn't get much better than that! Which is why May is going to be an AWESOME month. Classic Kids is a boutique studio photography company specializing in black &...

The Bloomingdale’s Impact on Breast Cancer Patients

Bloomingdale's Continues to Make a Difference to our Breast Cancer Non-Profit May 24th, 2012 was a perfect day, it began with a segment on The Today Show. It was so exciting to share our story on national television. National television! I still can't believe that we...

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Art Therapy Thursdays, Part 1: The Creative Block

Art Therapy Thursdays, Part 1: The Creative Block.
Have you ever tried to draw something and suddenly found yourself without inspiration?
If so, welcome to the club, and welcome to Sketchbook Skool’s Art Therapy Thursdays.
In the first of this new video series, Sketchbook Skool co-founder Koosje Koene admits that she has a problem: She’s in a creative rut.
Being a creative person, she’s tackling this problem in a creative way–by interviewing other artists, as well as writers and musicians, about how they’ve gotten over their artistic blocks.
In this video, you’ll meet someone close to Koosje’s heart–her husband Pascal, a musician; click here to listen to songs by his group Dirtroadmusicband!
(Fun SBS trivia: Some of the footage of Pascal’s band was filmed by Brian Leahy of Sparkling Eye Productions, a regular videographer for Sketchbook Skool’s European shoots.)
How did you deal with it?
Leave your answers in the comments below; Koosje, and the rest of us, could use them!
Koosje Koene is the co-founder of Sketchbook Skool, creator of Draw Tip Tuesday and her food illustration course Draw It Like It’s Hot, and a featured teacher in many other Sketchbook Skool kourses. This article was originally published at the “Article” source noted above and distributed by The Tutu Project for informational purposes only.

Residents from care home in Little Somerford produce exhibition with work made in art therapy

Residents from care home in Little Somerford produce exhibition with work made in art therapy.
Norma Doveton at her portrait exhibition at Malmesbury Town Hall THE product of art therapy at a care home in Little Somerford has been turned into a truly unique exhibition.
Residents at Hill House Residential Home have been taking part in art classes, courtesy of the home’s owner and art therapist, Norma Doveton.
Some of their work, along with some portraits Norma has painted of residents, is now on display at Malmesbury Town Hall.
“I think when you give up your home and go to live in one room in home, activities are very important to you,” she said.
“It’s something you can sit round the table and do while enjoying the company of other people.
“We’ve done art therapy with some people who have had strokes so can only had their left hand or who haven’t drawn since school.
“Art is important for everyone.
One of the residents at the home, Marjorie Fraiser said the art classes have made her feel “alive”.
“If you connect with art it makes you feel alive.” Another resident, John Adams said: “Doing art makes me feel I have done something. This article was originally published at the “Article” source noted above and distributed by The Tutu Project for informational purposes only.

Benefits of Art Therapy

Benefits of Art Therapy.
Anyone can be creative in some form or another.
By using art, you see things about yourself that you otherwise may not have seen.
It can aid you to process the unseen and therefore heal yourself.
It is not a quick fix!
Art can help to reduce pain, anxiety, and tension in your life.
Art can help people with their social skills, shy people can express themselves.
Angry people can explore themselves.
Art encourages self-discovery and emotional growth.
Art Therapy can make you feel whole. This article was originally published at the “Article” source noted above and distributed by The Tutu Project for informational purposes only.

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