From guest blogger Jane Bissell This coming Sunday I'm having lunch downtown with a good friend to celebrate the diagnosis of my first breast cancer diagnosis. My friend is one of the Cancer Babes I wrote about in my book Welcome to the Amazon Club . We met at a cancer suppo...
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Structure and distraction

September 5, 2019
From guest blogger Jane Bissell In the days immediately following a diagnosis of breast cancer, we know some, but not all, the information about our cancer. And there’s nothing worse than ‘not knowing’. If the information we have is incomplete, sketchy, or not ava...
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From guest blogger Jane Bissell I don’t think anything prepares you for a diagnosis of cancer. Another Breast Cancer Awareness Month - traditionally October but now creeping into September   with pink things everywhere - will soon arrive, and as a friend of mine ...
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From guest blogger Jane Bissell It's a simple question.Often we'll ask something similar when we see our friends, or talk to them on the phone: "How are you?"  And then we might enhance that by adding, "Hope you've been well during this awful winter we've been having. S...
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From guest blogger Jane Bissell I always remember early on after my diagnosis I was watching Olivia Newton-John being interviewed on TV and she said that having cancer was 'the best thing that ever happened' to her.Hmm.I recall at the time being slightly horrified because I ...
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From guest blogger Jane Bissell Women newly diagnosed with breast cancer will often say that it's an 'information overload.'  To hear that you have breast cancer, and then to be given folders, pamphlets, and many sheets of paper is sometimes more than we can handle with...
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From guest blogger Jane Bissell When I was having chemotherapy for breast cancer, the simplest things took on greater meanings, and the routine often became a challenge. Eating could be problematic. The first week or so after a chemo treatment, it was hard to know ...
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By Jane Bissell

During a recovery from breast cancer, we're often fearful that we're doing the wrong thing when it comes to helping ourselves - but what is the 'right thing'? This can be particularly stressful when treatment is finished, because when we're under the continual care of our me...
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" ... but I've just been diagnosed with breast cancer."

Everyone is decorating their homes, shopping for gifts, buying up large for Christmas dinners and celebrations, and going to end-of-year parties … there's an air of fun, frivolity, and summer plans. You have been given a diagnosis of breast cancer.The impact of a diag...
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