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My name is Nancy Stordahl. I am an educator, author, blogger and freelance writer.

In 2008 my mother died from metastatic breast cancer, and in April 2010 I was diagnosed with stage 2b breast cancer. I also learned I am brca2+. My life has been forever altered by this disease. For me, there is no going back.

Through blogging I share my breast cancer story. My intent has always been to share candidly about all of it. I refuse to sugarcoat.

If you browse around, you will find posts on my diagnosis, chemotherapy, side effects of treatment, reconstruction process, the emotional upheaval a cancer diagnosis brings, BRCA issues, moving forward and yes, my opinions on various cancer related topics. I am not content with the state of affairs in breast cancer-land.

I also review products if they are relevant to breast cancer survivorship and might benefit my readers.

Being a #fearlessfriend and a #fearlessadvocate for my sisters and brothers living with metastatic disease is a primary focus. I will never stop advocating on their behalf. Check out my mets page.

I also continue to share about the life-long impact of loss.

I hope you find Nancy’s Point to be an informative, helpful and interactive resource. I welcome comments, discussion and questions.

Contact me at nancy@nancyspoint.com and let me know what you think, what you would like to read more about or to inquire about reviewing your product.

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28 thoughts on “About/Contact

  1. Request for Guest Posting at nancyspoint.com
    Hi,

    I am really impressed with your blog posts, it is really good and you are maintaining it very well.
    I would like to submit my post on your blog (as guest post) with my website link. Mostly I create about educational and student
    related subjects but interested in other subjects too. Please let me know if you are accepting guest posts for free of cost and
    I’m ready to discuss my contents with you, I promise you with unique, quality and 100% plagiarism free content.
    I am looking forward to get your reply.

    Thank You,

    Barry Whittle

  2. Hello,
    I am writing to you for a request and it ultimately it would be beneficial to you, too. I was diagnosed with bone mets in June of 2014 and have been furious about the lack of funding and awareness to this disease. In an effort to channel this anger towards something good, I decided to swim across as many lakes—One Woman, Many Lakes—and raise awareness and money for all of us dealing with this diagnosis.
    I need your help in reaching out to as many people as possible. Could you forward this on (see below) to your friends, family, neighbors and whoever will listen and respond? We can fight this together when we work together.
    If you are interested in swimming with me, let me know. I would love the company!
    Thank you.
    Mary Gooze

    I admit that I am not a researcher, scientist, doctor or anything else that has to do with the medical field.  I can’t find a cure for Metastatic Breast Cancer, but I can swim and I plan to swim across many lakes this year—One Woman, Many Lakes—to raise funds for research that is desperately needed so that I and others can continue to pursue our dreams and be there for our families. My first swim is in Lake Patagonia, Arizona on March 24th.

      I know firsthand about this disease since I was diagnosed in June of 2014 with breast cancer that metastasized to my bones.  Since my diagnosis it has been my mission to seek more research funding along with raising awareness that this disease will claim 40,000 lives each year unless we do something now.

    Although many of us are thriving and living our lives, we do need your help.  As I swim lake after lake after lake this year, please support me with a donation to METAvivor, an organization that provides 100% of its donations to research. View their website and how to donate at http://www.metavivor.org.

    Thank you.
    Mary Gooze

    1. Mary, You are truly inspiring. Good for you for taking on this mission of yours. I am not a swimmer. Sadly. I wish you luck with your swims. If you have a blog post you’d like me to share, let me know. And I do support METAvivor. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Hi I have stag 2-3 lung cancer and through my treatments I hung on to my hair now it is so spars and reminiscent of a witch I’m torn whether to shave it off or suffer with the continual loss and the self image issues. I’m done with treatment just waiting for my date to get my pet scan. If I shave everything off that I have left will it grow back quicker?

    1. Patty, Everyone is different. Your hair may or may not grow back quicker if you shave it all off. You might feel better just starting over though. But of course, only you can decide. Do what feels best. Good luck with everything.

  4. When I had radiation after breast cancer surgery, I made a small painting in less than 20 minutes during each of the 33 daily treatments. While this process was part of my private coping with cancer and the treatment, my visual log, and accompanying words, later became a book, “Rad Art: A Journey Through Radiation Treatment,” published by the American Cancer Society. May I share a guest blog with you on the restorative power of art or invite you to write about this subject? Thanks for considering this, Sally Loughridge

    1. Sally, Thank you for your offer. I prefer that you inquire via an email. Comments aren’t really for this purpose. Thank you for understanding.

  5. Hi Nancy, I wish I knew you when I had my thyroid cancer because you explain things from patient’s point of view.
    I had mine when I was 28 years old and now I’m 33. It completely changed my life and the way I prioritize everything I do. The best example is that I’m living my life the best way I can and helping others because I realized that my story can motivate people to change (I changed after this, but people have to change before a disease).
    Your website touches thousands or millions of people and I want to congratulate you for helping so many people. Thank you. Aline

  6. Hi Nancy, have over the counter supplements been recommended?
    http://breastcanceroptions.org/Natural_substitutes_for_Aromatase_Inhibitors.pdf
    http://marnieclark.com/18-natural-aromatase-inhibitors/
    Just a thought. I am considered a non-compliant, difficult patient who refuses to follow my surgeons recommendations. I do not have cancer, I had atypical hyperplasia that was surgically removed followed a regiment of 5 years of temoxefin (so?) and MRI follow ups every 6 months.

    I’m post menopausal with a strong family history of cardio vascular disease. I am not taking the recommended pharmaceuticals. On the other hand, I am eliminating toxins where I can, changing my diet & now starting exercise regiment, also reading the two links I’ve included & will add at least one of the recommended supplements.

    Wish you the best & thank you for you blog
    Thank you, Charlotte

  7. Hi Nancy,
    Let me start with a description of myself–I was a HS classroom teacher for over 20 years, now an administrator in a large high school in Wisconsin; my father, also a beloved educator, died on July 21 (2016). As an English educator, WORDS have always MATTERED to me. Does any of this sound familiar? I was diagnosed with ductile breast cancer the week I buried my father, two weeks later underwent a bilateral mastectomy, and have 7 weeks left of 20 weeks of chemo treatment. Truthfully, chemo is kicking my butt. Last week, I wrote the words to a friend that chemo was a thief stealing my health, personality, and spirit. And, I think I read those words in your blog this weekend.

    I have never been on facebook, and I I do not really read a lot on the Internet (professionally, yes, but not about cancer). I found an article you wrote in a Coping magazine and have been reading your posts for the last few days. You are the voice inside my head.

    I just ordered your memoir–the title is what I want to scream every day! I loved my life; I was a well liked and respected educator in a job I love; after 8 years of infertility treatments (yes, I know) we adopted our daughter and magically conceived a son; I have been married to a good, good man for 25 years, and I have always been blessed with the greatest friends. I knew all of this before cancer; I appreciated all of this before cancer; I was a good person enjoying life before cancer; cancer has not taught me these things, LIFE and love had already!

    Immediately, I told my friends to keep the pink ribbon away from me. It was a cult I did not want to be part of, nor was I going to join. I don’t think I fully understood what bugged me so much about the pink ribbon until I read your words.

    The hardest part for me is the “smile and stay positive”. No way! I have never faked my emotions, and even before cancer, it drove me crazy when people told me to smile. I am a serious person, and sometimes I’m not smiling. Period. I now feel like crap most days; I am not going to pretend that this isn’t the hardest thing I’ve done in my life. I don’t leave my house much because I refuse to pretend. I also resent the people who believe cancer patients can do chemo AND live their regular life. I dream of being shipped away to a cancer spa for 6 months before I have to rejoin my life. But, society wants me to be grateful that modern medicine allows me to still care for my family. It’s too much!
    Thank you for confirming for me that I don’t have to do it “their way”. I will get through this because I have no other choice, but I will not remain positive or grateful for any of it. I am so grateful for my colleagues, friends, and families, but I always was!

    1. Laura, Thank you for introducing yourself. I am sorry about your father. Gosh, he died very close to the day mine did. I’m sorry about your cancer diagnosis too. So much to deal with. I appreciate all that you shared in your comments. Sounds like you and I have lots in common. Thank you for ordering my book. I hope you find it helpful. Good for you for resisting the “smile and stay positive” mantra that is almost forced upon cancer patients these days. You definitely get to do all this your way. And remember you aren’t alone. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Hi Nancy: How may I contact you privately through email? I am working on outreach to patients with BC brain mets and would like your guidance. Thanks.

  9. thankyou. lost mum to breast cancer june 21. she was an anglican (episcopalian) priest so big time of year for us. very small family so very much appreciate anything i can find online on how to get through. love and blessings s hughes

    1. Sara, I am very sorry. Grief is something we all just muddle through. I hope you find some of my posts helpful. There will be more coming. Perhaps a support group might help you, an in-person one or one online. Also, I always suggest journaling. Be kind, gentle and patient with yourself. Again, I’m sorry.

  10. About treatment aging, absolutely. My skin looks a decade older than me, my neuropathy has me hobbling, my lymphadema has me in baggy clothes to hide my unmatched arms & the steroids left me looking permanently pregnant. I to have very thin hair to the point of looking moth eaten. So rant away on that, I am all in. My thyroid is whacked so exercise takes a back seat to ghastly fatigue. I am also glad to still be alive and pissed off as well.

  11. Hi Nancy. I have a rare form of bladder cancer. Been through it all now and ct scans every 3 months. I have truly appreciated your blog, people think oh great it is all over and you are fine. Oh my – I just say nothing, my oncologist just told me you are “no evidence of disease” but the posibility of it coming back is high – such a Debbie downer that doctor. It is a crazy situation and I am not a better person for it and I do not believe I have this for a reason. It is what it is. Thanks. Laura

  12. March 6,2017

    I am new to this whole “blog” business so I hope I am doing this right. I do, however, know about breast cancer. Mine was diagnosed in 2002 at stage 3. My treatment ran the gamut…radiation, chemo and double mastectomy. I did not undergo reconstruction. I have struggled with my physical appearance as long as I’ve been alive but since the relinquishing of my breasts, my self-consciousness has gone nuclear. My significant other gave it a good try but for 10+ years now, he has abandoned all intimacy with me. Though he continues to swear he still loves me, this form of abandonment has left me feeling unbearably lonely and unloveable. I don’t feel adequate or desirable nor do I believe any man could ever want me again intimately: nor can I imagine finding the confidence to share myself this way again. Yes, for the very first time, I can say – at least to myself, I miss my breasts!

    1. Ali, I am sorry you feel that sense of abandonment. You’re certainly not alone as many others have expressed the same. I think you’re wrong to believe no man could ever want you intimately again. I hope you can talk about your feelings with someone. Your worth is not determined by your appearance. It’s natural to miss your breasts and it’s perfectly okay to say so, too. Thank you for sharing about these personal matters. My best to you.

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