Episode 36: Breast Cancer’s Effects on Our Relationships and Family (October Survivorship Panel – Part 1)

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. I believe that we should be shining a light on not only breast cancer as a diagnosis, but also what we face AFTER a cancer diagnosis. That’s why I’ve brought together a panel of 4 other amazing breast cancer survivors to share with you the many flavors of breast cancer (and why knowing specifically what type someone has is important!), as well as the many challenges of survivorship such as its effects on our relationships, mental health, and more. Join us on this episode as we kick off our conversation about the challenges of survivorship.

In today’s episode, we’re sharing:

  • How each of us shared the news of our diagnosis with friends and family, and how it was received
  • The role social media played in sharing updates with friends and family as well as spreading awareness about breast cancer
  • Managing a cancer diagnosis with young children
  • And more

Meet the panel:

> Charlotte Schaff was diagnosed in 2018 at the age of 47 with stage 2A breast cancer. Check out more about her story in Episode 17

> Gemma Emmett is a two-time breast cancer survivor diagnosed in 2013 at the age of 29 with stage 3B breast cancer and had a recurrence in 2017. Check out more about her story in Episode 8

> Robyn McTague was diagnosed with DCIS in 2000 at the age of 44. Check out more about her story in Episode 14

> Tanja Thompson is also a two-time breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer in 2004 and had a recurrence in 2009. Check out more about her story in Episode 22

 

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