If you are diagnosed with breast cancer or know someone who is, these are helpful links.
Somehow 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.
MD 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.
For 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.
The book 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.

*I 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.


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