Breast Cancer Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Clothes Shopping Post-Mastectomy

    Clothes Shopping Post-Mastectomy – It’s the Junior High Locker Room All Over Again!

    After my long journey through a breast cancer diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and recovery, I thought I was done dealing with cancer for the most part. Here’s something that I didn’t expect (and that no one tells you about!!!) post-mastectomy: the fear and anxiety of clothes shopping and more specifically, dressing rooms. Uh huh. Please […]

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  • Lady Lumps

    Lady Lumps

    I opted for reconstruction after my mastectomy. This process sure reminded me of the long, windy treatment road to success. After the initial surgery, expanders were put in to my chest to prepare the area for implants. This experience was… interesting. Many people had asked me what my Lady Lumps (no one knows what to […]

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  • Gettin Ready to Radiate

    Gettin’ Ready to Radiate!

    One of the Silver Linings during my breast cancer journey was finding small ways to care for myself. It was the small, simple things, really (e.g., a cup of tea, watching a hummingbird outside my window, snuggling with my daughter) that buoyed my spirit and kept me hopeful. The Unexpected SL As I walked in […]

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  • The Funk Zone-Sinister Sinusitis with a Side of Prunes

    The Funk Zone: Sinister Sinusitis with a Side of Prunes

    A few months after my breast cancer diagnosis and double mastectomy and reconstruction, I started on the brutal road known as Chemotherapy. Though I had been finding Silver Linings at each step of my breast cancer journey thus far, it certainly became harder at this point. After my 4th round of chemotherapy, I went into […]

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  • The Silver Lining Philosophy

    The Silver Lining Philosophy

    I am Hollye Jacobs: speaker, nurse, social worker, child development specialist, and author. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, I speak publicly and write about my experience on my award-winning blog, The Silver Pen, and in my book, The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer. Three years after my breast cancer […]

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  • Medical Checklist

    Your Medical Checklist: What You Need To Know

    When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I learned the importance of maintaining a medical checklist. I also learned how little I really knew about my health records and family history. I had to collect information quickly and document each step of treatment and medication. This information is now carefully filed, and I have told […]

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  • News to Share

    The Hardest News to Share

    The only thing worse than having a doctor tell you that you have been diagnosed with cancer is telling your children. Just saying the words, “I have cancer” can make you choke. It took me two years to say the words without a struggle. So how do you share the news calmly to the most […]

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  • BRCA Testing

    The Supreme Court Decision on BRCA Testing: It’s Significance for Women

    On June 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that companies cannot patent naturally occurring human genes. This landmark ruling is a giant step forward for women’s health because it breaks down barriers and opens doors for more accessible and affordable testing for the BRCA gene mutation. Why Is BRCA genetic testing important? We […]

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    Life after Breast Cancer

    Although it was just a couple of weeks ago when my doctor looked me in the eye and called me cured of the breast cancer that had almost ended my life, I’ve actually considered myself free from cancer for quite some time. When I was diagnosed, Alan and I took a serious look at our […]

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  • cheryl and claire

    Enduring the Journey, Finding the Cure

    I started off with one of the strongest Western medicine available, and at the end of my treatment, I was in a very vulnerable position. The cancer was gone, but the first year after treatment has the highest risk of recurrence. And cancer that comes back during this time usually spreads very quickly and is […]

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