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Lara Huffman
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I was diagnosed with stage 1, ER+, grade 2 breast cancer when I was 30 years old. My mother died from metastatic breast cancer when she was 40 years old, but I do not carry the BRCA mutation.

I've been NED (no evidence of disease) since July 2011. Now I'm just trying to figure out the "what now" portion of my life.

Interested in: writing, photography, movies, pop culture, traveling.

I write a blog at getupswinging.com.

Follow me on Twitter: www.twitter.com/getupswinging

Entries by Lara Huffman

Is Cancer the 'Best Death'?

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 3:10 PM

When the cancer community read the British Medical Journal (BMJ) blog post "Cancer is the best death," written by Richard Smith, a doctor and former BMJ editor, it's not surprising that it was met with a negative response.

So death from cancer is the best, the closest to...
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My Disease Isn't a Cutesy Slogan

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 2:49 PM

It's not even October yet, and I'm already dreading the upcoming pink-washing assault. Everywhere you go, you'll see pink merchandise in your grocery stores, clothing stores, television and football games. It's everywhere. Why? Breast cancer awareness is a money-making behemoth industry.

One of the many reasons I despise...

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No, Abortion Does Not Cause Breast Cancer

(32) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 2:51 PM

A friend recently posted on her Facebook profile that she saw the bumper sticker "Abortion causes breast cancer," and she wanted to know if there was any truth in that statement. I, of course, chimed in that no, that statement is not true. Then I wondered, "Who the hell puts...

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Get Up Swinging: Half Marathon... Check

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 1:58 PM

This past Sunday, I ran 13.1 freaking miles in the 2014 Dick's Sporting Goods Marathon, aka my very first half marathon -- 13.1 freaking miles. With the exception of water and/or nutrition stops, I didn't stop to walk. While I didn't reach my goal time of 2 hours and 10...

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Get Up Swinging: More Than a Pet

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 5:07 PM

In the months prior to my breast cancer diagnosis, the boyfriend and I had been discussing when it would be a good time to get a dog. One of the many reasons we had bought the house earlier that year was its double lot -- perfect for a dog. For...

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Why I Am Anti-Komen

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 6:02 PM

Recently, a friend of mine sent me a message on Facebook, asking me why I hated the Susan G. Komen Foundation so much (I had been railing about Kohl's Pink Elephant in the Room campaign). I sent her a five-point, abridged version with my reasons, but I wanted to really...

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Don't Disappear From the Pictures

(5) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 3:56 PM

Whenever I talk about why research for metastatic breast cancer is so important for me, I typically post this picture, which was obviously taken when I was just a wee one.


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When I have mentioned that my...

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Running

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 1:09 PM

When I was in middle school and high school, I played sports, but I was never good at them. I probably would go as far as to say I stunk, and I'm pretty sure my family members who attended my softball games would also agree. As soon as I turned...

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Invisible in a Corner

(6) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 1:25 PM

At a recent baby shower for a friend of mine, I walked into the dining room just in time to hear an acquaintance, an old drinking buddy of mine, say to my then-expectant friend: "I think it's so great you're having a baby. It's so awesome that everyone in the...

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Open Letter to SimplePickup2

(5) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 11:31 AM

Dear Douchebros,

I just watched your Youtube video where you put these "haters" on blast, saying because of them, breast cancer research just lost out on $7,000. I can't speak for all the other haters, but on behalf of this hater, GOOD.

Well guys if you didn't know already we...

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What the Pink Ribbon Means to Me

(9) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 3:32 PM

I want to begin this by saying that I would never speak for any other woman or man who has gone through treatment for breast cancer. This opinion is mine and mine alone. Everyone is different, and no two experiences are identical.

With Pinktober full steam ahead, I want...

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