are diagnosed with breast cancer or know someone who is, these are
I found YSC (Young Survival Coalition) soon after being diagnosed with breast cancer. I am
so glad that I did! I found myself on the discussion boards trying to
find someone that had "my" cancer. I found that is like looking for
someone that has your same finger print. But what I did find was an
incredible group of strong and supportive women that were going
through treatment like me. Many had young children. Others had
already gone through treatment and offered advice on how to get
through all of this. There was always someone there all hours of the
day and night listening to me vent my fears and frustrations or asking
questions like "should I take one breast or both?", "when will my hair
come back?", "when will my periods return?", etc. This is a sorority
that no one wishes to join but I am amongst some of the strongest
women that I have ever met and I am thankful for all of their support.
Anderson is recognized nationally as one of the top cancer facilities.
They have a lot of helpful information on their website. I did all
of my treatment in Kansas City because I felt confident in my
doctors. I had three second opinions and each doctor agreed on the
same treatment. MD Anderson's website outlined the same treatment
program my doctors had already recommended. This confirmed my belief
in the doctors I had selected. Plus, I would much rather be home with
my family during treatment.
those fortunate to live in the Kansas City area, Brian Joseph's is the
place to get your wig. Patty is the owner and also a breast cancer
survivor. She sells shampoo that she developed when she was going
through treatment. I used this while I was going through treatment as
well. She also sells a "hand and body creme" as well as "moisture
drops" that I applied to my breast when I was going through
radiation. I really think these products helped my skin bounce back
rather quickly after radiation. I would highly recommend these
products to anyone about to start this journey.
that I read when first diagnosed was "The Breast Cancer Survival
Manual" by Dr. John Link. The book was very easy to read and
understand and suggested questions to ask your oncologist.
selected my medical team by doing research and talking to other breast
cancer survivors. If you are in the Kansas City area and would like
more information on who I went to for my breast surgeon, oncologist,
radiologist, lymphadema specialist, plastic surgeon as well as
holistic practitioners, feel free to contact me at my email address
and I will give you more information.