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SidneyAnne Stone
SidneyAnne Stone is a freelance writer, Breast Cancer survivor, Marathoner and activist. She is also an entrepreneur and has patented a new type of bra that will make post-mastectomy care easier for women. SidneyAnne has been published on and in Chicken Soup for the Soul. She is currently working on her first novel and documentary.

Entries by SidneyAnne Stone

Illness and Dating

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 12:57 PM

The dating world can be so difficult to navigate -- even on a good day. For someone battling illness, it becomes a whole new kind of challenge. As if dealing with a chronic or even terminal illness weren't enough, many people are getting sicker younger these days, putting them in...

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The Governor Comes Through for New York

(10) Comments | Posted June 21, 2014 | 11:11 AM

Very often I am the first one to condemn political officials for poor decision making so let me be among the first to commend the Governor of New York and all those involved in the passing of the legislation to establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program for New York State.

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Take Back the Power

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 6:09 PM

Those of you who know me and know my work are familiar with my struggles with breast cancer. You may also know that I am very open about the subject of cancer in general. That is by design.

Many people, though less so now than in previous years, still refer...

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What Is Really Defeating the Affordable Care Act?

(3) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 2:09 AM

Change is good... scary, but good. I have said this many times and about a variety of topics because it is consistently true. Change is inevitable so, even if you are a person who despises change, it is best to find the positive in it, adapt and forge ahead. Some...

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Government Hypocrisy

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 5:06 PM

Brunei may not be on everyone's radar with a population of approximately 420,000 but the Sultan of Brunei has imposed strict anti-homosexuality laws among many injustices against his people. During the Olympics, President Obama made it clear to Vladimir Putin that he has, "no patience for countries that...

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What Is Happening to Language?

(3) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 3:04 PM

I have been trying to avoid writing this piece for fear that I will sound like a grumpy old lady which, by the way, I am not (though that may be hard for some people to believe). Even as I hear myself discuss this issue I remind myself of my...

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Stop the War on Female Bodies

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 12:12 PM

We, as a culture, have come to accept a bully-style approach to the female form. Constant criticism of women's appearance from fashion and style to weight and beauty has grown boundless.

In more recent months, an uprising has begun to form at long last. People are beginning to push back...

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Path to Equality or Over-Sensitivity?

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 12:13 AM

This issue has always troubled me but has recently come to a head in various forms and compelled me to speak up. I consider myself something of a feminist and certainly an advocate for equality in all its forms. However, when does the obsessive race for equality begin to hinder...

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What Type of Athlete Do You Want to Represent Your Country?

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 9:18 AM

As a devout fan of the Olympics, I would never say anything to disrespect the games or any of its participants. However, I cannot help but observe a shift in the culture, albeit slight, thus far in these Olympic games.

Perhaps this shift can be attributed to the Twitterverse where...

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Equal Rights For Everyone -- Even the Single!

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 1:18 PM

On behalf of single women everywhere, I feel like I need to introduce a rather touchy subject: irreconcilable gift distribution amongst friends. I realize this is a topic most people don't usually dare touch on so I decided to really make a fuss about it. I wrote this piece some...

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What Do You Mean I Have to Give a Speech?

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 8:44 PM

The fear of public speaking is one that plagues many. However, more and more of us are expected, or even required, to do it on a regular basis. Here are some relatively simple tips that can make the process a little easier:

- Know your target audience! I recently had...

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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Partisanship?

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 10:04 AM

With all the controversy over the Affordable Care Act and government shutdowns, is it any wonder we have become, for lack of a better term, distracted? Priorities have shifted to things like the above-mentioned game changers, continuing economic crises and all-too-frequent tragedies in a time of ongoing disarray. While we...

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Save Lives - End Sequestration!

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 5:03 PM

This year in New York alone, it is estimated that 108,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer. For them, the cuts to cancer research that took place as a result of the sequester are very real. Because of these cuts, 1,000 fewer people were able to enroll in potentially lifesaving...

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Post-Mastectomy Options

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 10:44 AM

The decision to have a mastectomy is not one to be taken lightly, and I do not know a woman out there who did not agonize over it, including myself. For me, it was the right decision, but that does not mean I came to it easily. I researched post-mastectomy...

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Second Avenue Subway Series Continues...

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 4:57 PM

It has been a while since I have posted a piece in support of Second Avenue. With the government shutdown, the constant need for funding of cancer research, an ongoing need to focus on women's issues and the many other issues of the world today it is hard to make...

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Breast Implants and Mammograms

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 6:13 PM

As many of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and what better way to begin the month than by discussing breast health? First and foremost, let this serve as a reminder to perform regular self breast exams and to bring any questionable areas to the attention of your...

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American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network Takes it to Congress

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 10:11 PM

On September 10, 2013, the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network descended upon Capitol Hill to impress upon lawmakers the importance of making the fight against cancer a national priority. Over 450 volunteers from all 50 states, including 263 cancer survivors, met with 463 members of Congress to discuss ACS...

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Back to Basics

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 12:31 PM

The world has changed dramatically over the last dozen years or so. After 9/11, many people changed their priorities. People seemed to change careers by the masses. There was a mass exodus from the financial industry and many turned to careers where they felt they could help others. Enrollment in...

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It Sucks to Be Sick!

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 12:10 PM

It sucks to be sick. Don't get me wrong, I always try to be positive about my circumstances, but I would be lying if I said it was fun. I think it is just as important to acknowledge how much it sucks as it is to keep a positive attitude....

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Women Breaking Barriers in the Movie Industry

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 5:47 PM

There was a time, in the not so distant past, when beauty was so cookie-cutter we were all made to feel that we had to fit into a mold. Many of us decided long ago to break that mold but we were still considered the outliers...and that was okay!


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