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When the Earth Goes Back to Being Flat

Carol Smaldino | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

I see surprise as trumping superstition, though one can't plan it. Passover is coming, on its own. As vulnerable as I'm feeling, physically and emotionally, I feel a sense of something less enslaving.

Nude Portrait Series Reveals The Beauty And Strength Of Breast Cancer Survivors

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.11.2014 | Arts

Photographer Charise Isis is turning the female nude trope on its head, transforming imagery we associate with masterpieces of yore into visual tribut...

'The Silver Lining': An Insightful Guide to the Realities of Breast Cancer

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

Looking for and finding Silver Linings was essential to my well-being during treatment. They buoyed me and kept my spirits hopeful from the time of my diagnosis throughout my double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and recovery. Silver Linings gave me the balance and perspective to get me through the darkest of days.

How A Health Crisis Made Me Stop Bad-Mouthing My Body

Mary Darling Montero, LCSW | Posted 02.21.2014 | Women
Mary Darling Montero, LCSW

I am standing in front of my bathroom mirror, about to look at the surgery site for the first time. I take off the surgical bra and see two large, rectangular bandages. I pinch their corners and breathe in, then out. I pull them off.

LOOK: One Woman's Harrowing, Stunning Journey Through Breast Cancer (NSFW)

Nina Bahadur | The Huffington Post | Posted 02.07.2014 | Women

When Hannah Foxley learned she had cancer, she never imagined that she would end up posing naked for Cosmopolitan magazine. (Those images appear below...

Notable Medical News of 2013

Daniel P. Malito | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniel P. Malito

Keep in mind it wasn't easy to select just three notable medical stories from the past year, but I do believe this trio is one that will not only provide you with useful information, but will make you much more attractive to others and likely get you invited to many high class social events.

Physicians Need to Help Women Close the Knowledge Gap About Breast Cancer Treatment Options

Catheryn Yashar, M.D. | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Catheryn Yashar, M.D.

While Jolie's decision was the right one for her based on her circumstances, breast cancer treatment requires customized, individualized decision making.

My Circle of Strength

Janet Pardo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Janet Pardo

I've always been very diligent about staying on top of my health. So, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2013, of course I was terrified -- but I also knew exactly where to turn.

A Tale of Three (and a Half) Foobs: Two Cancer Survivors Tell Their Mastectomy Stories

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Joanna_Montgomery

Most women have a love/hate relationship with their breasts. And then there's the cruelest joke of all. "The girls," those beautiful bumps we could hardly wait to grow, try to kill us. We hear the four words that change us forever: you have breast cancer.

Post-Mastectomy Options

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
SidneyAnne Stone

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 Got A Double Mastectomy At Age 27

Posted 10.23.2013 | Women

Having watched her mother's struggle with breast cancer and learning that she was positive for the BRCA2 gene, Megan Hartman chose to undergo a preven...

WATCH: The Promise I Made To My Dying Mother

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.13.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

To fulfill a wish to her dying mother, Megan Hartman underwent a preventative mastectomy in her twenties. She recently tattooed her chest in an attemp...

TV Star Talks About Double Mastectomy

The Capital, Annapolis, Md. | Tim Pratt | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC

When Giuliana Rancic found out she had breast cancer in 2011, it was beyond shocking. The E! television personality, who grew up in Bethesda, was try...

Proof Breasts Don't Make You A Woman

Posted 09.30.2013 | Women

We often think of breasts as being inextricably linked to a woman's femininity -- but what about women who don't have them, such as breast cancer pati...

Why Men's Fear of Talking About Breasts Is a Problem

Noel Franus | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Noel Franus

If we're going to make any strides towards ending breast cancer and improving the quality of life for those who have survived, we men need to be able to talk about breasts in non-sexualized ways.

Some Women Undergo Unnecessary Double Mastectomies

Posted 11.17.2013 | Healthy Living

By Lauren Cahoon Roberts, Contributing writer Published: 09/16/2013 09:12 PM EDT on LiveScience "If Angelina Jolie did it, shouldn't I do the sa...

What It's Really Like Post-Mastectomy

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 11.14.2013 | Women
Joanna_Montgomery

Those of us who either opted to have mastectomies as a preventative measure, or had mastectomies as a life-saving measure, aren't excited about our "new boobs." In truth, we'll never be the same. We see ourselves differently now when we look in the mirror, because we are different, inside as well as outside.

Breast Reconstruction: 2012 Statistics and the Sounds of Silence!

Lisa Masters | Posted 10.26.2013 | Women
Lisa Masters

Can nothing be done? Are women being sent home disfigured unnecessarily? Are we as women and physicians uninformed of available procedures? Do the majority of plastic surgeons choose not to make breast reconstruction a part of their practice?

What I Discovered About My Husband When I Lost My Breasts

Eva Moon | Posted 10.24.2013 | Women
Eva Moon

After my surgeries it was almost unbearable for him to see my scars. Not because of how they make me look -- that doesn't matter. But because to him they were visible proof that he'd failed, as a man, to protect his woman from harm.

How to Build a Boob: What to Consider With Breast Reconstruction

Lisa Masters | Posted 10.21.2013 | Women
Lisa Masters

I survived Stage III breast cancer at the age of 46, but then developed infection after infection while trying to rebuild my breasts.

Astoria Characters: The World-Grown Woman

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 10.13.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

These are pretty pedestrian pastimes for a woman who had the globe at her feet. Hers was a glamorous childhood. Her father was excessively successful, and the family lived abroad, first in Holland then Italy.

Ask the Mutant: The Top 5,840 Pearls of Mom Wisdom

Eva Moon | Posted 10.02.2013 | Parents
Eva Moon

Perhaps with increased awareness, support and research, there will come a day when no child can escape the protracted annoyance of motherly advice. I hope so.

How Facebook Censored Our Sheroes

Lisa Levart | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact
Lisa Levart

Note: This post contains nudity. Until June 12, Facebook classified nude photographs of women who had undergone mastectomies as pornographic. This st...

Ask the Mutant: Skin, Paint and Transformation

Eva Moon | Posted 09.02.2013 | Arts
Eva Moon

Painting on living flesh is an engrossing experience -- very different from the flat, snowy expanse of a blank canvas rectangle. It gives and participates in the process of painting -- energy and creativity flow both ways.

Finding Sisterhood: braGGs Reconstruction Bras & BRCA

Kara Gorski, Ph.D. | Posted 08.27.2013 | Impact
Kara Gorski, Ph.D.

My sister and I are different. We don't share the same political ideals. We took different paths to get to where we are -- she is more family-first and I've prioritized my career. Over time, the five years that separate us seem to have become fewer. Until one day, they completely disappeared.