The Best Breast Cancer Blogs of 2014

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  • Best Breast Cancer Blogs of 2014

    Best Breast Cancer Blogs of 2014

    The lifetime risk of a woman in the United States of getting breast cancer is one out of eight, according to the American Cancer Society.  And while the disease is common enough to touch the lives of millions of families, every patient’s journey is unique. These blogs do an amazing job of telling very personal stories of survival and loss, while also capturing the universal nature of this ubiquitous disease.

    These talented writers, most of them breast cancer patients, give a clear and definitive voice to everyone yearning for a cure. Breast cancer patients will find familiar storylines and helpful perspectives, but all readers will come away touched, motivated, educated and inspired.

  • Dancing with Cancer

    Dancing with Cancer

    A longtime blogger, Jill writes lovingly of family, friends, and food, and bluntly about her cancer and treatment in Dancing with Cancer. Jill’s treatment regimen and the unrelenting impact of cancer often leave her tired, hurting, and needing to sit out the occasional dance. Other breast cancer patients surely will find Jill’s disclosures familiar.

    In one post, she writes of a recommended drug that can lead to neuropathy. She describes it as “inconsistent with trying to balance treating my cancer and living with it.” Jill’s dance with cancer occasionally has her spinning and twisting, but her writing and honesty will certainly keep you reading.

  • I Survived Damn Near Everything

    I Survived Damn Near Everything

    There’s nothing subtle about breast cancer. And Carole Sanek’s I Survived Damn Near Everything blog is as blunt as its subject matter. But her sense of humor about the many absurdities in life comes through in every post.

    Although she focuses on the idea of survival, Sanek makes it clear that life should be about more than just surviving. She writes, “It’s about how we thrive after we survive that matters.” In Sanek’s writing, you’ll find just the right mix of toughness and humor that are required to thrive in the face of cancer.

  • Living Beyond Breast Cancer

    Living Beyond Breast Cancer

    Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) is a national non-profit organization created to connect patients to others in the breast cancer community. Through its blogs, conferences, and other programs, LBBC seeks to provide support for patients and their families. The organization also acts as a resource for news on treatment and other matters.

    Guest bloggers include patients, activists, psychologists, and others touched by breast cancer. Every blog post is a thought-provoking and informative take on the disease. LBBC has established itself as a go-to source for inspiration and information, with an endless lineup of fascinating writers.

  • Chemobrain… in the Fog

    Chemobrain… in the Fog

    AnneMarie Ciccarella takes a unique approach to her breast cancer blog. The posts are as much about brain health as they are about breast health. As the title Chemobrain... in the Fog implies, this blog educates readers about the side effects chemotherapy can have on brain function.

    Ciccarella bravely discusses how her brain function was affected by the chemotherapy that treated her breast cancer. She offers insight into subjects such as brain training, and advocates for better care of the mentally ill. Her blog posts offer an inside looks at a cancer treatment side effect that clearly deserves more attention.

  • Nancy’s Point

    Nancy’s Point

    Like far too many breast cancer patients, the disease first touched Nancy Stordahl when her mother died from it. That family history is just one of the many ways Nancy’s experiences reflect the stories of those who faithfully read Nancy's Point. Her blog posts cover the full range of issues facing breast cancer patients, from post-chemotherapy hair issues to sexual health and grappling with a new diagnosis.

    When Stordahl isn’t sharing her own experiences, she welcomes guest bloggers to tell theirs. “Through sharing comes healing,” she writes. And through her blog posts comes the reassurance that while the journey is difficult, the path is shared by many understanding souls.

  • The Accidental Amazon

    The Accidental Amazon

    Readers of Kathi Kolb’s Accidental Amazon will get a healthy dose of snarky attitude, but they get much, much more. Kolb is a force of nature, calling out for better treatment, more research, and simply a greater understanding of breast cancer. She rails against the “pink peril” of breast cancer awareness merchandise, and questions the health care system’s approach to the disease.

    There is much more to this artist and physical therapist, and she admits to sometimes wanting a break from writing and ranting about cancer. But plenty of readers count on her to be their voice and never give up the fight.

  • My Breast Cancer Blog

    My Breast Cancer Blog

    In short but profound blog posts, Jacki Donaldson has brought readers along for a decade’s worth of emotional and physical highs and lows triggered by her 2004 breast cancer diagnosis. My Breast Cancer Blog sometimes reads like a diary, chronicling the very personal events of her life and inner feelings along the way. But Donaldson also reminds her readers about the importance of stepping back and looking at life’s big picture. In a post about the importance of observing anniversaries, such as Diagnosis Day and Surgery Day, she writes, “My cancer was removed 9 days after I found it. I am grateful for that. EVERY day.”

  • Caroline’s Breast Cancer Blog

    Caroline’s Breast Cancer Blog

    Caroline's Breast Cancer Blog is not just the story of a woman’s battle with cancer and the health complications that accompany treatment. It’s also a running commentary on the ins and outs of an evolving health care industry. But rather than rant about FDA rules, health insurance, and mammogram guidelines, Caroline Ronten brings a reasoned tone to the conversation. She asks the questions many of us also ponder.

    Ronten will make you feel for her as she grapples with health problems beyond cancer. But she’ll also make you think about just what fixes are needed to make health care better for everyone.

  • Darn Good Lemonade

    Darn Good Lemonade

    The old adage, “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade” is at the heart of Mandi’s Darn Good Lemonade blog. While she acknowledges the fear and anxiety that accompany breast cancer, she also embodies the philosophy that breast cancer is not what defines her. It shouldn’t be what defines anyone with the disease.

    In one beautifully written post, Mandi says she could never imagine looking at her body in a mirror without seeing only her surgical scars. But she sums up the inspiring post by writing, “I realized that I can’t actually remember the last time I stood in front of the mirror, and really noticed my scars…”

  • The Breast Blog in the World

    The Breast Blog in the World

    Hester Tingey is a delightful and gifted writer. She has traced her journey with breast cancer from her first experiences with chemotherapy all the way up to a much healthier time in 2014. In fact, much of The Breast Blog in the World is devoted to subjects far removed from chemo labs and operating rooms.

    With an honesty and eye for detail that only the most talented writers can summon, she puts into words the feelings that so many breast cancer patients experience. This blogger will give you a reason to smile and a comfort in knowing that you’re not alone on your path through breast cancer.

  • Let Life Happen

    Let Life Happen

    Gifted writer Barbara Jacoby’s Let Life Happen blog offers inspiration to breast cancer patients, as well as domestic abuse survivors. Sadly familiar with both subjects, Jacoby is an energetic advocate for the rights of victims and patients everywhere.

    One post about treating people kindly ends with the lines: “We need to share our time and space in the best way that we know how. This is the only way that, if something happens to that person before we meet again, we will have no regrets for not having shared the time that we had together in the very best way that we could.”

  • Miracle Survivors

    Miracle Survivors

    Tami Boehmer started blogging about the inspiring stories of breast cancer survivors after the publication of her book, “From Incurable to Incredible: Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds.” She was determined to find stories that would inspire her after hearing a terminal cancer diagnosis from one of her doctors.

    Miracle Survivors is a continuation of Beohmer’s mission to tell these remarkable stories. She also passes along helpful information about topics such as cancer massage and the importance of life’s milestones. These blog posts about fellow survivors are sure to give you continued inspiration and hope.

  • My Fabulous Boobies

    My Fabulous Boobies

    Nicole McLean represents a unique and wonderful voice in the breast cancer blogosphere. In My Fabulous Boobies, she speaks out to young black women dealing with breast cancer like she was in not that long ago. Diagnosed in her 30s, she endured treatment successfully.

    McLean started blogging to keep her friends and family up to date on her treatment and her life, as well as to form a connection with the outside world. Now adjusting to life with her new, “fabulous boobies,” she’s committed to encouraging and informing other women that there is hope for a “fabulous” outcome.

  • Not Just About Cancer

    Not Just About Cancer

    Laurie’s blog may focus on her journey with metastatic breast cancer, but as the title suggests, it’s Not Just About Cancer. This blogger is a keen observer of life’s little details. And she writes with an appreciation of all that life offers as it relates uniquely to cancer survivors.

    Read Laurie’s posts about her family, life in Ottawa, Canada, and the health complications that are an inevitable part of her life now. You’ll come away glad to have discovered a gifted writer who represents the toll cancer takes and the courage it inspires.

  • But Doctor I Hate Pink

    But Doctor I Hate Pink

    Ann Silberman approaches her life with stage IV breast cancer and her blog posts in the same way: with a wry sense of humor. And yet, she willingly, openly shares her fears and feelings of sadness. Her deeply moving and often hilarious blog posts offer fellow patients a comforting blend of perspectives in But Doctor I Hate Pink.

    Silberman will remind you that life is to be savored, and that even the most dreaded journeys don’t have to be taken alone. She also enthusiastically invites readers to ask questions, make comments, and engage in a conversation about life, death, cancer, and just about anything else that comes to mind.

  • One Wig Stand

    One Wig Stand

    One Wig Stand represents one of the more amazing stories in the international breast cancer community. What started as a blog aimed at educating and supporting breast cancer patients in Lebanon has become something much more. One Wig Stand is now an organization that holds hair donation events to help make wigs for patients. They also help women find locally produced and affordable mastectomy bras and other products and services.

    The blog is still there, telling stories about breast cancer from the perspective of a woman’s wig stand. These posts are proof that the breast cancer experience has so many universal qualities, and that this unique sisterhood truly knows no boundaries.

  • Deb’s Breast Cancer Journey

    Deb’s Breast Cancer Journey

    It’s a troubling reality for many breast cancer patients: Even after successful treatment, more and seemingly unrelated health problems develop. Deb's Breast Cancer Journey blog’s subtitle, “My Journey Past Breast Cancer and into Cardiomyopathy,” represents that challenging layer in Debbie Emery’s story.

    But this indomitable Californian recognizes what her blog posts do for her and for those who read them. She writes, “My wish is that I will gain strength from you, will provide strength to others & will help to strip away the fears we each experience.”

  • The Battle We Didn’t Choose

    The Battle We Didn’t Choose

    Angelo Merendino lost his wife, Jennifer, to metastatic breast cancer in 2011. But he honors her with numerous efforts to raise money for and awareness of the disease. His blog, The Battle We Didn't Choose, and his book of the same name, is filled with photographs that chronicle Jennifer’s life from carefree days before cancer, through treatment, and beyond.

    Merendino’s photos and his heartfelt words about his wife and the need for a cure provide a moving tribute—not just to a woman with breast cancer, but to all women who struggle with this disease.

  • A Time for Such a Word

    A Time for Such a Word

    Katie Hall’s A Time for Such a Word is actually her third blog devoted to breast cancer and the many issues that surround it. She started blogging as a recently diagnosed breast cancer patient, to help her focus her thoughts and fears. In 2009, Hall launched the “Uneasy Pink” blog that addressed the merchandising of breast cancer and the industry that surrounded breast cancer treatment and education.

    After losing friends to the disease through the years, she admits to losing some motivation. But thankfully Hall has found her spark and is back to writing profound and insightful posts about family, spirituality, and other aspects of life that affect—and are affected by—the disease.

  • The Perks of Having Cancer!

    The Perks of Having Cancer!

    A blog called The Perks of Having Cancer! may seem like a contradiction, but Florence can find silver linings in the darkest clouds. She started the blog to lift her spirits at the start of her cancer treatment. But it quickly became—and remains—a blog that inspires others to find hope and some laughter along the way.

    Florence is now a cancer survivor instead of a “cancer warrior,” as she first described herself. She mixes her growing list of perks with a range of news items and think pieces, as well as appearances by guest bloggers. Reading this blog and getting Florence’s down-to-earth take on the issues is a perk we can all appreciate.

  • I Hate Breast Cancer

    I Hate Breast Cancer

    I Hate Breast Cancer pretty much says it all. But blogger Katherine O’Brien has been able to channel the negative energy triggered by the disease into one of the most informative blogs in the breast cancer community that shares helpful resources for cancer patients and their families. Other posts are deeply personal and highly poignant.

    As a woman living with metastatic breast cancer, O’Brien admits that it’s a difficult disease to explain. But she eloquently describes the emotional and physical toll the disease exacts. Read this blog to share in O’Brien’s hatred of breast cancer, but also to be grateful that there’s an articulate and well-informed voice in the metastatic breast cancer community.

  • Find Motivation, Resources, and Care

    Find Motivation, Resources, and Care

    These blogs represent a broad sampling of stories and information aimed at serving those with breast cancer and the people near and dear to them. Breast cancer diagnoses and treatments are always evolving. Getting the latest information may save your life and give you a little peace of mind, too.

    These blogs make it clear that even in the face of one of life’s greatest challenges, it’s possible to find strength or perhaps just the right words to make it through the day. Read up, reach out, and stay strong in the face of breast cancer.

References:

How many women get breast cancer? (2014, Jan. 31). American Cancer Society. Retrieved from http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/overviewguide/breast-cancer-overview-key-statistics.

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