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Over the course of a lifetime, about 1 in 8 American women will develop an invasive form of breast cancer. In 2017, about 252,710 women will be diagnosed with new invasive cases of breast cancer, while 2,470 men will receive the same news.
If you or someone you love has a breast cancer diagnosis, connecting with people who have walked in your shoes can make a world of difference. The blogs that have made our list this year create supportive communities and inform their readers on their journeys. Take a look at the best of the best below!
Legend says that in ancient Greece, female warriors had one breast. This story became Kathi Kolb’s inspiration for her blog after she survived breast cancer. Kolb doesn’t hold back as she details on her thoughts on death, politics, and cancer. Not only will her raw and real voice inspire you, but you’ll feel as if you have a friend who truly understands how you’re feeling.
Breast Cancer Care’s Vita Blog
Breast Cancer Care is a UK-based nonprofit that provides guides on breast cancer, treatment, and support. While the group usually runs awareness campaigns and events, their blog also serves stories from survivors and their families. Their touching tales of their diagnoses and treatments will shed light on how you’re not alone.
The MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas runs this inspirational blog. Read stories that highlight people who survived various types of cancer. The blog also includes the latest news on cancer research, political topics, and clinical trials. People with cancer and their families will appreciate insights into treatment options as well as details on side effects.
Chemobrain… In the Fog
AnneMarie Ciccarella shares the ins and outs of her experience going through several rounds of chemotherapy in her blog. She focuses a lot on “chemo brain,” or the brain fogginess that is a side effect of chemotherapy. If you’re concerned about how treatment can affect your memory and ability to think, AnneMarie is here to help. She discusses the pros and cons of certain medications, highlights advocates in the fields of health and breast cancer, and shares snippets of her personal life.
Deb’s Breast Cancer Journey
Engaging and full of positive energy, Debbie Emery shares her one of a kind journey. Her story begins with a breast cancer diagnosis that became congestive heart failure and, more recently, a metastasized breast cancer diagnosis. Her no-frills posts about what happens during doctor visits, treatments, procedures, and everyday life is so refreshing.
Detrice Matthews was diagnosed with breast cancer in her early 30s. For anyone looking for detailed information, Matthews’ insights into living with cancer and seeking treatment will certainly hit the spot. Her goal is to give real experiences, so you feel like you have a friend who’ll walk this journey with you.
You may have heard about journalist and writer Joan Lunden’s battle with breast cancer on national television. Now, she’s using her voice as a platform to inspire people with breast cancer and their loved ones. Not only does her blog cover topics you may not think about, like parenting tips and social anxiety, but the blog also reports on the latest medical studies and clinical trials.
Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer
Marie Ennis-O’Connor takes a creative approach to inspiring others. With posts like Mindful Mondays and Poetry Fridays, her blog creates a sense of community and beauty in what can be a traumatic time. One of the greatest highlights of this blog is the weekly roundup of moving and thought-provoking stories.
Let Life Happen
Leave it to an award-winning blogger to pin down exactly how you may be feeling today. Barbara Jacoby is a been-there-done-that survivor who writes candidly about all aspects of being diagnosed with breast cancer. If you need to catch up on the latest medical research or the politics of drug research and treatment, Let Life Happen is a wonderful resource.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer
This nonprofit organization’s mission is to provide everything you need for someone impacted by breast cancer. Whether you’re looking for information, community, or support, LBBC is a hub of reliable and useful information. Their blog features posts from people with breast cancer as well as advocates and doctors.
Looking for news about cancer breakthroughs and clinical trials? Breastcancer.org’s blog is here to inform you about the latest and most realizable information. Their blog also goes beyond medical insights and shares stories about the emotional journey of breast cancer, caregiving, and survivorship.
My Fabulous Boobies
Nicole McLean is a breast cancer survivor who chooses to focus on the positive sides of life. Her upbeat tone is a delight to read as she covers topics from breast cancer self-exams to Beyoncé. Readers are likely to appreciate the way she writes as a friend as she journals her path towards survivorship.
Nancy Stordahl authored the book “Cancer Was Not a Gift and It Didn’t Make Me a Better Person.” Like her book, her blog discusses topics pertaining to her breast cancer diagnosis and recovery. She also reflects on the experience of witnessing her mother pass away from the same disease. You’ll find it easy to relate to her emotions along her journey.
Caroline’s Breast Cancer Blog
Caroline has had cancer twice, among other health ailments, but that hasn’t stopped her from writing frankly about her life. Her straightforward posts are relatable for anyone going through a similar journey. Any thoughts you may have had about treatment decisions, medications, or being a “normal” person, Caroline has been there too.
Not Just About Cancer
From photos of treatment to updates on her condition, Laurie Kingston doesn’t hold back. After surviving metastatic breast cancer, Kingston continues to chronicle her experience as a survivor who’s experienced recurrence. Her observations on life, which are definitely not just about cancer, make her blog a standout read.
The Perks of Having Cancer!
Some days all you have to make your day is your attitude. This is something Florence discovered as she started her blog about surviving cancer. It began as a self-project that’s grown to educate and inspire readers through a positivity lens. Florence has penned the book, “100 Perks of Having Cancer Plus 100 Healthy Tips for Surviving It.” She continues her story and findings on her blog.
Young Survival Coalition
Breast cancer is often thought to be an illness that affects older adults, but what about people who were diagnosed at an earlier age? The Young Survival Coalition focuses on bringing young people with breast cancer together and forming a strong community. On the blog, you can find personal stories from volunteers and survivors, as well as information on a variety of topics that affect young women.
Breast Cancer? But Doctor, I Hate Pink!
Ann shares some very personal insights into her life with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. She blogs about seeking treatment and her efforts to connect with other people going through the same journey. Read how she tackles everything, from intense topics, such as losing friends with the same disease, to more day-to-day thoughts on products, books, and food.
Rethink Breast Cancer
Rethink Breast Cancer aims to empower young people who develop or are affected by breast cancer. Their blog focuses on rebuilding your confidence and identity and explores topics such as fertility, dating, sex, and marriage. Many contributors also detail their ups and downs of living with breast cancer, letting you know that you’re not alone on this journey.
Breast Cancer Charities
For anyone who doesn’t want to be defined by their condition, this blog is for you. It offers a no-nonsense take on living with breast cancer by approaching life as it is. Not only will you find posts about survivorship and treatment, but you’ll also find real-life stories about stepping out of your comfort zone and tips on moving in together with your partner.
The Breast Cancer Society of Canada
Want a blog that focuses on research, treatment options, breast cancer breakthroughs, clinical trials, and more? The Breast Cancer Society of Canada’s blog is a good place to turn to when you want to understand your condition without having to reference a medical dictionary. Many of the writers are doctors and researchers who specialize in researching breast cancer.
Using the Hebrew word for “chain,” Sharsheret is the only national organization that supports Jewish women and families who are facing ovarian and breast cancers. Their posts aren’t just for those who follow the Jewish faith and traditions, however. You can find varied information, from skin changes in breast cancer to finding support in a dark place. No matter your background, Sharsheret is a wonderful hub that integrates stories from people who’ve been there, as well as advocates and survivors.