Everything You Should Know About Advanced Care Planning

By: Silvia Gisiger Camata

Everything You Should Know About Advanced Care Planning

Our lives get so busy joggling our careers, family, and the demands of cancer treatment. If you are like me, I deal with that business by doing a lot of planning. Every single activity of my day is added to my calendar, color-coded and loaded with reminders to make sure my forgetfulness does not catch up with me.

Just When You Thought You Were All Done…

By: Laura Ricks
General

Just When You Thought You Were All Done…

Over the last few weeks, we’ve discussed a number of side effects on this blog, from lymphedema to sexual changes, which can result from being diagnosed with cancer and its treatment. If you’re lucky, you may avoid all or most of them. However, we want you to be aware that it is not unusual for women to experience these side effects months - or even years - after treatment, earning them the name “late effects.”

Heart Disease and What Else?

By: Laura Ricks

Heart Disease and What Else?

It may not be a dirty little secret, but there are other physical effects you should be aware of when you’re dealing with cancer, including two major ones that menopause brings on. Yup. It can be a double whammy when you may least expect it. And, as we said in an earlier blog and on the website, don’t turn to Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) because estrogen can help some breast cancers to grow.

Sex Hot Flashes & More How To Deal

By: Laura Ricks

Sex, Hot Flashes & More: How To Deal!

When it comes to cancer treatment, here’s a subject a lot of people don’t like to talk about: the changes that take place in a woman’s body – especially “down there.” But that’s crazy. Silence means that women are suffering unnecessarily, and when there are ways to help stop or alleviate that suffering, it’s just wrong not to talk about these issues. So let’s do it!

Memory Loss AKA “Chemo Brain”

By: Laura Ricks

Memory Loss, AKA “Chemo Brain”

We all have moments where we go “Uhhhh…what is that word? Why did I walk in this room? Where did I leave my keys?” And it’s a well-known fact that when people are stressed, they are more likely to be, or do, something spacey.

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired?

By: Laura Ricks

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired?

Being sick is tiring. Pain is tiring. Worrying is tiring. If you’re a cancer patient, is it any surprise that you feel tired? Look at the list of things that may be making you tired: medicines, anemia, insomnia, lack of energy, working, poor nutrition and more. But we have tips to help!

What A Pain

By: Laura Ricks

What A Pain

The American Cancer Society says “You should never accept pain as a normal part of having cancer.” So don’t. Because there are things you can do, whether the pain comes from the cancer itself (such as a tumor pressing on a nerve), surgery, treatment or even if you’re experiencing a “phantom” pain, which happens when you still feel pain, or other kinds of feelings, from a part of your body that’s been removed. Doctors may not know why this phantom pain happens, but it is real, so don’t let anyone tell you “you’re imagining things.”

Why Is My Arm/Leg/Whatever Swelling? What You Need To Know About Lymphedema

By: Laura Ricks

Why Is My Arm/Leg/Whatever Swelling?! What You Need To Know About Lymphedema

Lymphedema, is a one-word way of saying swelling that results from lymph fluid in your body. It can happen anywhere in your body, though it’s usually in your arms or legs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lymph fluid is the part of the system that carries fluids and cells that help fight infection. When those fluids get built up (such as when you’re fighting cancer!), they cause swelling, which can happen in a flash or slowly, over a long period of time.

Louisiana's Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network

Young women with breast cancer face unique issues. And in the South, there are more young women overall facing breast cancer. In Louisiana, young African-American women are significantly more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

That is why SurviveDAT is here. Part of the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, SurviveDAT's mission is to help improve the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors, as well as their family and friends, by providing continuing resources and support.

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