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Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States, affecting 1 in 8 women. But not everyone’s experience of the illness is the same. Breast cancer is as varied as the many women who experience it. These 19 blogs address the uniqueness of every person’s story, with powerful, emotional, and informative writing, as well as up-to-date, evidence-based medical information.
They inspire a sense of community among breast cancer patients, survivors, and their families and friends. Most of the blogs are written by those directly affected by breast cancer, sharing helpful and inspiring stories and perspectives.
The name of Kathi Kolb’s blog is a nod to the myth of the fierce female warriors who, according to legend, had only one breast and were a force to be reckoned with in ancient Greece. After a bout with breast cancer in 2008, Kathi has only one breast, so she conceives of herself as an accidental Amazon. The warrior spirit is alive and well in Kathi’s writing, and she encourages others to feel like warriors as well. “One of the things that helped me get through the big cancer adventure was finding other ‘members of the club,’” she writes. So if you, too, are looking for a community of fellow patients and survivors, this is the place to be.
Connect on Twitter: @KathiKolb
The Breast Blog in the World
UK-based blogger Hester Tingey’s writing is cheeky and heartfelt, reflecting the full spectrum of her experiences after being diagnosed with cancer in 2012. She shares much of her personal and creative writing among her posts related to breast cancer, so the blog also serves as a showcase for her novels and short stories. It’s a source of valuable content for current breast cancer patients as well. Seeing how Hester has lived after chemotherapy and treatment will definitely remind you that there is life after cancer.
Connect on Twitter: @hestopesto
Breast Cancer Care’s Vita Blog
Breast Cancer Care is a U.K.-based nonprofit that provides support to those affected by breast cancer, and campaigns for awareness and early detection efforts. Their blog puts the spotlight on individuals who have or have had breast cancer in their lives. Meet women who trained for marathons weeks after undergoing treatment, who lost their hair but found themselves, who are still adjusting to returning to work and school runs, and realizing how different it all looks from the other side.
Connect on Twitter: @BCCare
For trustworthy clinical information written by doctors, to moving patient stories, it should come as no surprise that Breastcancer.org is a go-to source. Posts range from how to take charge of your sexuality after breast cancer, to interviews with comedians teaching breast cancer patients how to keep laughter in their lives, to spotlights on people like Holley Kitchen, who went viral with her video explaining metastatic cancer.
Connect on Twitter: @breastcancerorg
The MD Anderson Center at the University of Texas is a world-renowned cancer treatment center. So it stands to reason that Cancerwise, their devoted cancer blog, would offer a wealth of information. Although it’s not specifically focused on breast cancer, breast cancer patients will find much to like here. Posts on what it’s like to be pregnant with inflammatory breast cancer, for example, provide interesting and vital perspectives, while up-to-date medical information will keep you informed for your next doctor’s appointment.
Connect on Twitter: @MDAnderson
Chemobrain...In the Fog
AnneMarie Ciccarella’s bravely honest blog chronicles her experiences undergoing eight rounds of chemotherapy, including how it adversely affected her brain and ability to function, an often unreported side effect that many refer to as “chemobrain.” She writes about how she’s coped with and prioritized around the fog, discusses the pros and cons of certain medications, and spotlights advocates in the fields of health and breast cancer.
Connect on Twitter: @chemobrainfog
Deb’s Breast Cancer Journey
Debbie Emery has bravely kept blogging through her breast cancer and other subsequent health problems, including congestive heart failure and a new breast cancer diagnosis in 2016. She details her doctor visits and procedures, shares recommendations for helpful smartphone apps as well as other blogs her readers might like, and is open and honest about her thoughts and fears as she continues on her cancer journey.
This British mom and blogger was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 at the age of 32. Here, she chronicles her struggles and triumphs, both as a parent and as someone who has had cancer in her life. She reflects on her childhood and on important dates, such as the day of her diagnosis, and is honest and open about every new challenge she faces as a mother. Preaching the importance of empathy and of cherishing memories, Detrice’s blog will inspire you to be thankful, no matter what is happening in your life.
Connect on Twitter: @detricematthews
Invasive Duct Tales
Heather Lagemann is a hot pink wig-wearing mom and nurse, and here you will find spirited tales of how cancer has affected her parenting, marriage, and more. Heather’s blog posts provide a personal touch and are easy to relate to, whether they’re about managing people’s expectations of you, or learning to accept being breast-less. Although she originally started writing to keep family and friends updated on her treatment, her blog has grown into a place where others can find hope and healing.
Connect on Twitter: @heatherlagemann
Newscaster and author Joan Lunden shared her breast cancer diagnosis on national television during a “Good Morning America” broadcast in 2014. Since then, she’s also been sharing her journey on her personal website. Joan and her team have created an indispensable hub for breast cancer content, including medical and scientific news, personal posts about Joan and her treatment, and interviews with medical providers. Joan says she hopes to inspire other people with breast cancer and “motivate all of us to take care of our health.” With her video posts and opportunities to have readers ask questions to experts, Joan helps women do just that.
Connect on Twitter: @joanlunden
Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer
Like it would anyone, getting a breast cancer diagnosis at 34 changed Marie Ennis-O’Connor’s life. And now she’s working to change other people’s lives, for the better, buy curating the most helpful and informative breast cancer content on the web, from videos on how to cope with cancer-related fatigue, to thoughts on what terms like “survivor” mean, to efforts to improve the patient-doctor divide. She also shares weekly roundups of what’s going on in the rest of the breast cancer community, directing people to other women’s stories and showing that this really is a community.
Connect on Twitter: @JBBC
Let Life Happen
Hear it all from two-time cancer survivor Barbara Jacoby, whose engaging writing also provides support for victims of domestic violence. Her blog has evolved into a top-notch resource for breast cancer patients, covering such useful topics as what it’s like returning to work after a breast cancer diagnosis, dealing with mammograms, and more. Jacoby’s energy and passion as an advocate for survivors and patient’s rights truly jumps off the page.
Connect on Twitter: @letlifehappen
Living Beyond Breast Cancer
Living Beyond Breast Cancer s a nonprofit organization that connects breast cancer patients with each other and the wider community. The founders envision “a world where no one impacted by breast cancer feels uninformed or alone” and their interesting and useful blog definitely helps accomplish that. Featuring a host of diverse guest bloggers — including patients, doctors, counselors, activists, and more — each post will make you think more deeply and learn more about what it’s like to live with breast cancer. It’s a great general resource that always has something new and engaging to offer readers.
Connect on Twitter: @LivingBeyondBC
My Breast Cancer Blog
This long-running blog’s posts may be short on words, but they’re big on heart. Jacki Donaldson was diagnosed with breast cancer over a decade ago, and has been sharing her health journey ever since. She’s also a widely published author and speaker, with gigs at medical schools and other high-profile institutions. Jacki’s thoughts on surviving cancer are profound and will be relatable to many other patients.
My Fabulous Boobies
Nicole McLean is a self-described “smiley-faced” survivor, health advocate, and entrepreneur. And she is an especially important online presence, speaking out for other black women in the breast cancer community, and pointing out how persistent issues with representation and inclusion bleed into healthcare. Her topics vary from breast cancer self-exams to Beyoncé, and all are positive, real, and inspirational, encouraging readers to live their best life both during and after cancer treatment. “Despite the appearance of my breasts today, they are fabulous,” she writes. “Because I am fabulous.”
Connect on Twitter: @MyFabBoobies
Nancy Stordahl has a powerful and often different perspective on breast cancer and how it’s affected her life. Her book, “Cancer Was Not a Gift and It Didn’t Make Me a Better Person,” chronicles her emotional journey through her own diagnosis and recovery, as well as the death of her mother from breast cancer. Her blog is about how breast cancer has altered every aspect of her existence. It is honest and emotional, so many patients and family members will be able to relate to it.
Connect on Twitter: @nancyspoint
Not Just About Cancer
Focusing on the little details of life after metastatic breast cancer, Laurie Kingston’s charming blog is a great glimpse into her life as a mother and writer in Canada. She’s currently undergoing treatment to remove new tumors that have developed in her brain, writing bluntly about the fear, sadness, and uncertainty that comes along with a cancer diagnoses. Her ongoing story will challenge and uplift you.
Connect on Twitter: @lauriek
One Wig Stand
Geared towards younger women, One Wig Stand is a Lebanon-based nonprofit that promotes awareness and encourages communication, be it patient to patient, patient to doctor, or patient to friend. It was founded by the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, and runs numerous campaigns to accomplish its goals, including a hair donation project. On their blog, you’ll find interviews with cancer patients and people working to create change, and learn all about new awareness campaigns around the globe, such as the Pink Pom Project.
Connect on Twitter: @onewigstand
The Perks of Having Cancer!
Florence started this blog in 2011 to lift her spirits when she was beginning treatment for breast cancer. She’s now a cancer survivor, educating readers with opinion pieces, cancer news, information on cancer risk factors, and guest posts from other bloggers. Florence’s ability to see good in the bad has inspired her to write a book, “100 Perks of Having Cancer Plus 100 Healthy Tips for Surviving It.” Read her work for a dose of positive attitude.
Connect on Twitter: @StrangWarrior
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