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An Open Letter to Young Survivial Coalition

Beth J. Caldwell | Posted 07.10.2015 | Impact
Beth J. Caldwell

Campaigns like this do real damage to breast cancer patients. And I know that you know this, because right next to where this image appears on the YSC Facebook page, you've got a video about how breast cancer surgery impacts women's feelings of self-worth.

Two Double Mastectomy Survivors Walked Topless Down A Runway For A Powerful Reason

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices

It was a powerful moment: the event was a fashion show that sought to challenge normative ideas of gender and beauty, and there, walking the runway we...

Badass Mom Shows Cancer Who's Boss With A Defiant Pink Faux-Hawk

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 07.01.2015 | Fifty

After being diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time, Janet Sheppard-Kelleher decided to face the disease the only way she knows how -- with hum...

Knowledge Is Power -- Breast Cancer Happened for a Reason

Ami Dudzinski Mehr | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Ami Dudzinski Mehr

Cluster of micro-calcifications? Biopsy of the breast? Pathology? I was in information overload within about five minutes. I felt trapped inside m...

Stunning Portraits Explore The Beauty Of Bodies After Breast Cancer

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 05.28.2015 | Women

When facing a preventative double mastectomy, Katelyn Carey had no idea what to expect. Now that she is past her procedure, she wants to tell other wo...

Knowledge Is Power: How a Breast Cancer Diagnosis Changed My Life

Ami Dudzinski Mehr | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Ami Dudzinski Mehr

Instead of going into something blindfolded, you are able to physically and mentally prepare yourself, be strong, and hope for the best outcome. Knowledge is power.

Nina Bahadur

These Photos Show How Beautiful Women's Bodies Are After Breast Cancer

HuffingtonPost.com | Nina Bahadur | Posted 04.30.2015 | Women

"The photo shoot was the first time someone looked at me like a person and as not a specimen on the exam room table." That's what one woman photogr...

Ask the Mutant: Faceboob -- An Open Letter to Facebook From My Breasts

Eva Moon | Posted 06.17.2015 | Women
Eva Moon

Facebook, with 1.39 billion active users, is the world's de facto forum. As such, it has a responsibility to its users -- at the very least, a responsibility to adhere to its own stated guidelines.

Rita Wilson Diagnosed With Breast Cancer, Has Double Mastectomy

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 04.14.2015 | Fifty

Rita Wilson has revealed she has breast cancer, news she hopes will encourage other women to get a second opinion when it comes to their health. "N...

How I Learned To Get Naked With Strangers Again After My Mastectomy

Ravishly | Posted 05.09.2015 | Women
Ravishly

Taking a deep breath, I unsnapped my bra. Eila leaned in close. I could practically feel her warm breath on the side of my chest, the place where "Lefty" used to be. The place that was protected by a spray of persimmon-shaded flowers. "It's so beautiful," Eila said. And I believed her.

Where Are All the Beautiful Mastectomy Bras?

Elisabeth Dale | Posted 05.08.2015 | Style
Elisabeth Dale

So why don't you find the latest and greatest in beautiful mastectomy bras at your local retailer? There are a few reasons, and most have to do with the way these products have historically been marketed and sold to women.

If I Was Totally Honest In My eHarmony Profile, This Is What I'd Say

Rebecca Smith Masterson | Posted 05.03.2015 | Divorce
Rebecca Smith Masterson

Since my divorce, some people are having a hard time knowing what to say to me, but not you, eHarmony. You're in my newsfeed, Gmail account and sidebar ads, waving your online arms, saying, "Hey Becca! Over here! Check out online dating! Join us!"

12 Ways To Support A Breast Cancer Warrior

Wendy Donner | Posted 05.02.2015 | Women
Wendy Donner

I've been a breast cancer warrior for eight months, chemo and surgery behind me, radiation and hormone therapy around the corner. My battalion is made up of loving, brilliant, powerful, and hilarious soldiers who have made this journey one of thriving, not just surviving.

Redefining Beauty

Sarah Amento | Posted 02.01.2015 | Women
Sarah Amento

After my mastectomy, I began looking for pictures of other women who had battled breast cancer. I found The Grace Project by Isis Charise.

4 Reasons Why I Don't Want To Lose My Breasts

Debra Jenkins | Posted 01.31.2015 | Women
Debra Jenkins

Somehow, I had the impression that an elective mastectomy was different, less invasive than one performed when cancer is present. I convinced myself that the surgery would be more like the cosmetic breast reduction I had four years ago.

Double Mastectomy Debate

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 01.21.2015 | Women
SidneyAnne Stone

Do what is best for you and don't let anyone, including me, take you off course. You have enough to think about when you find out you have breast cancer and it can be easy to get lost in the haze.

Breast Cancer Treatment Decisions: Personal Choice Is Key

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

Barring certain medical factors, however, the patient's preference drives the course of treatment in many cases. It is a personal choice that has significant implications for the patient, as it may affect her appearance, how she feels about her body, and how she thinks of herself as a woman.

This Man Does 2,000 Nipple Tattoos A Year For Breast Cancer Survivors

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.31.2014 | Women

One tattoo artist is using his talents to help breast cancer survivors who have undergone a mastectomy. In a HuffPost Live interview on Oct. 30, V...

3 Breast Cancer Survivors: Stories on Faith, Hope and Purpose

Vanessa Cunningham | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Vanessa Cunningham

I was moved to showcase these women in hopes that women would draw strength, courage, and hope from these stories.

This Woman's Post-Cancer Transformation Was 33 Years In The Making

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living

Every breast cancer survivor's journey to accept his or her post-cancer body is different. For this survivor, it took 33 years to decide she was final...

Breast Cancer and ISIS: Beyond Surgical Strikes and Chemical Weapons

Lisa Schirch | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Lisa Schirch

The metaphors of cancer and terrorism are easily interchangeable. Breast cancer is a terrorist organization of cells, threatening mass casualties in the rest of my body. ISIS is a cancerous growth, metastasizing at an alarming rate. But waging war on cancer and ISIS do little to address root causes or prevent the conditions that cause these terrors in the first place.

I Am Not My Nipples

Kayla Redig | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Kayla Redig

Who knew that nipples were such a huge part of being human -- I wasn't aware that my femininity relied on two little pink bumps.

Yoga and Breast Cancer: How My Yoga Practice Saved My Life

Peggy Nolan | Posted 12.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Peggy Nolan

My yoga practice carried me through three major life altering events in less than three years: divorce, breast cancer and losing a job. I can count on my practice to be there, unfailing and supportive of the parts that are all of me.

Ebola: A Warning That We Need to Vaccinate Ourselves...From Excessive Fear.

David Ropeik | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
David Ropeik

Even just worrying too much, for too long, can be a risk, a BIG one. Worrying, biologically, is stress, and chronic stress (lasting more than several days) raises our blood pressure and heart rate, weakens our immune system, and interferes with normal neurotransmitter production.

Post-Mastectomy Women Without Breasts, You Are Not Alone

Sara Bartosiewicz-Hamilton | Posted 12.02.2014 | Good News
Sara Bartosiewicz-Hamilton

When I look back, I remember vividly the isolation I felt before my prophylactic mastectomy and again, feeling in the extreme minority as I was considering my extraction. I don't want other women to feel alone just because society only shows us one view of the world.