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Part of educated awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month is learning as much as possible about all aspects of this disease. Advocacy cannot be complete if we do not tell the whole story and part of the whole story is that male breast cancer can and does happen. Being a BRCA2+ mother of two sons (and a daughter too), this topic takes on even more significance in my family. But of course as we all know, breast cancer can happen in any family.

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During Breast Cancer Awareness Month (actually all year long now) it sometimes seems as if there is a tug-of-war going on between the I can’t get enough of pink/pink ribbons side and the let’s unravel the ribbons and throw ‘em (and pink) all out side.

Does this tug-of-war leave you feeling confused?

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Many troubling shortcomings regarding the “pinking” of October have been exposed, but perhaps the most glaring failure of all has been the consistent disregard, yes even shunning, of the metastatic breast cancer community. It’s ironic, frustrating and completely irresponsible (not to mention cruel) to not more fully embrace this segment of the breast cancer community in awareness, support and research efforts. Thankfully, this is slowly changing. 

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month is so yesterday.

Do you agree with that statement?

During a recent #BCSM chat I participated in (terrific forum by the way), more than a few participants stated they felt we needed to move beyond awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month – way beyond; and not just in October, but all year long. 

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I told myself I was done with the Susan G. Komen® foundation. I didn’t really want to write about this organization any more. I’ve said my piece time and time again it seems. A few of my Komen piece links are included at the end of this one in case you want to read them. I don’t blame you if you don’t; topic Komen can be more than a bit “fatiguing”…

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One thing I love about writing a blog is having the opportunity to “share my space” from time to time in order to also share the stories of others. This is why I’m so pleased to feature friend and fellow advocate, Suzzann Cummings,  in today’s guest post. Suzzann shares a bit about what it’s like for her living with and managing lymphedema.

I hope by reading Suzzann’s words, someone else out there might realize that in this they are not alone either. 

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I intentionally titled this post when doctors seem dismissive rather when doctors are dismissive.

Most doctors are anything but dismissive. Overall, my doctors have been great and this post is not intended to be a criticism of any doctor in particular, though I do use specific examples, but rather it’s an attempt to raise awareness about yet another important aspect of patient care.

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