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Back in 2004 when my mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer, the very first online resource I turned to was Breastcancer.org. I don’t remember how I ended up there or exactly why; I only know that I did. I still have articles I printed off from the site during that tumultuous time. 

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What do you think were the top breast cancer news stories in 2013?

I thought it might be fun to wear my pretend journalist hat and do a wrap-up so to speak about a few of the year’s biggest stories in breast cancer news. I can’t wait to hear what your top picks might be.

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During a recent #BCSM twitter chat, the topic was the invisible scars breast cancer leaves behind. It was one of those chats when the tweets were really flying because; well, there are a lot of scars left behind. And of course, some of them are not physical scars at all, but rather are deeply embedded emotional ones.

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Since Angelina Jolie recently announced to the world she had undergone a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy, it seems like hereditary breast and ovarian cancers have been in the news a lot. A celebrity spin on any topic generates buzz on a whole new level. This is mostly a good thing and I applaud Ms. Jolie for coming forward.

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If you’re a regular reader of Nancy’s Point, you know I often write about my mother. I thought perhaps it was time to write a post about my dad. Since Father’s Day weekend is here, what better time, right?

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Everyone handles a cancer diagnosis differently. Everyone copes in their own unique way.

When ready, some people cope by volunteering their time at clinics or hospitals, some write poetry, some draw or paint, some devote their careers to counseling others or change careers altogether, some become advocates traveling around the country doing advocating stuff. Some become fitness/nutrition consultants, some (like me) write blogs, some set up websites and some write books.

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I’m very pleased to feature a guest post from my friend, fellow advocate and founder of The IBC Network Foundation, Terry Arnold. Terry was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in 2007. Even today, IBC is poorly understood and often misdiagnosed. If you are not familiar with IBC, you are not alone. In her post Terry shares some of her own personal story as well as what motivates her to push forward in her efforts to increase awareness and research efforts for IBC. Thank you, Terry.

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