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Beauty from Ashes – A Guest Post by Previvor, Melissa Johnson Voight

Wednesday, September 30, is National Previvor Day, a day set aside during Hereditary Breast & Ovarian Cancer Week (HBOC) to recognize previvors. What’s a previvor? Someone who carries a predisposition (family history or hereditary mutation or other predisposing factor) to cancer, but does not have the disease.  I am pleased to share a wonderful guest post by my friend and previvor, Melissa Johnson Voight. Melissa shares her story about testing positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation and what she decided to do about it. Thank you, Melissa, for sharing your story at Nancy’s Point. (more…)

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8 Facts About Hereditary Breast & Ovarian Cancer that Could Save Your Life, a Guest Post by Sue Friedman

This week is National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Week. I am pleased and honored to share with you, my dear readers, an important guest post by Sue Friedman, executive director of FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered). Thank you, Sue, for sharing this important information at Nancy’s Point because as is said repeatedly on FORCE’S website, no one should face hereditary cancer alone. Feel free to leave questions or comments for Sue.  (more…)

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The Reminder

Do you ever feel like you’re the reminder, the reminder of cancer? Do you sometimes wonder if your family and friends see you and then immediately think cancer thoughts? Sometimes I feel this way. One of those people I do not like reminding at all about cancer is my dad. He needs no reminders; he remembers far too much. But whenever I visit him, there I am, the reminder daughter. I don’t like being the reminder, the reminder of cancer. I wonder if he thinks about my mom and cancer whenever he sees me now. (more…)

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A Research Survey Opportunity via FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered)

I get requests all the time to share one thing or the other. Generally, I opt out for various reasons. But when I was recently asked by the good people at FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), to share about a research survey opportunity, of course I said yes; I’ll help spread the word. This survey is for younger women, which means those under the age of 45, who have been diagnosed with breast cancer or who are deemed to be at high risk due to a genetic mutation and/or family history. It’s important to note that it is not only for BRCA+ women. Keep reading for the full explanation from FORCE. I’ll share exactly what I was asked to share; this way I won’t mess things up: (more…)

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If Angelina Jolie and I Could Chat, Part 2

Two years ago when Angelina Jolie startled the world by sharing about her decision to undergo a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy because of her high cancer risk due to her BRCA1 positive status, reaction was swift and widespread. People came out of the woodwork offering their opinions and reactions to her personal, yet publicly shared decision. I wrote about my reaction too. You can read that post here if you’d like. Recently, after a cancer scare, Ms. Jolie shared about her decision to go ahead and have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as well. (more…)

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