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Jennifer Campisano
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Jen is a first-time mom who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 32, when her son was just five months old. She writes about navigating the intersection of motherhood and cancer-land at www.boobyandthebeast.com. More than two years after her diagnosis, she is still in active treatment, but also actively enjoying watching her son become a little boy. She hopes she will be lucky enough to see him become a man.

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Cancer Has Made Me Socially Awkward

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 1:52 PM

It has been six years since I moved to Arizona, after spending most of my twenties in Washington, DC. DC is a vibrant, transient city, full of young people eager to make a difference, people who care about current events and issues affecting our country; it's a city full of...

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The Bravest Thing I've Ever Done (Hint: It's Not Fighting Cancer)

(3) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 8:12 AM

"This looks like cancer," the radiologist told me -- no holds barred, no mincing words here -- as the ultrasound technician stood over me, cold gel at the end of the wand pressing on my right breast. I suddenly felt like covering up, as if I could pull a sheet...

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How to End Breast Cancer: A Request

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 1:48 PM

I'm just going to come right out and say it: I am beating the odds already. There are all kinds of statistics out there for the survival rates of patients with Stage 4 breast cancer. Most of them are pretty grim.

After all, there is no Stage 5.

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The Kissing Hand

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 10:52 AM

My 2-year-old son Quinn's new school had fall break last week, but one of his teachers offered care in her home instead to bridge the gap. She calls it "Fall Break Boot Camp," and they do arts and crafts, sing songs, and most importantly, from my perspective, take afternoon naps....

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