Do You Have a Family History of Breast Cancer?

By: Bailey Ann Hendricks, RN, BSN, Co-Survivor

Do You Have a Family History of Breast Cancer?

The holidays are the time when we get together with our family to share thanks for what we have and hope for what we do not. Spending time together is something you should cherish and if you are a breast cancer survivor, this time is extra special. My mom often said after her diagnosis, that she was thankful for breast cancer because it made her realize what was really important. Of course, she wished she had never had cancer at all, but she decided to see the good in a not-so-good situation. Her realization of what was really important resulted in a shift of priorities in her life and our family. We spent more time together and we appreciated that time so much more. I encourage you to take this holiday season to re-evaluate your priorities. What is really important to you?

7 Common Questions When It Comes To Egg Freezing

By: Dr. Neil Chappel

7 Common Questions When It Comes To Egg Freezing

There are many myths and mistruths out there when it comes to cancer and fertility, so we thought we would take a minute to clear the air a bit. Below are some of the more frequently asked questions that we get in a fertility preservation consult.

What Is A Fertility “Consult”?

By: Dr. Neil Chappel

What Is A Fertility “Consult”?

A diagnosis of cancer brings with it a mountain of brand new information, as well as plenty of choices that need to be made. This can easily become overwhelming and difficult.

Diagnosed With Cancer But Want Children? Think Egg Freezing

By: Dr. Neil Chappel

Diagnosed With Cancer, But Want Children? Think Egg Freezing

Each year, 70,000 women who might want to have children one day are diagnosed with cancer. Most of these women will go on to live healthy and happy lives for years to come. However, cancer treatment (like surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation) can cost a women her chance to have children later on, if she doesn’t prepare beforehand.

Are You One of the 11%?

By: Bailey Ann Hendricks, RN, BSN, Co-Survivor

Are You One of the 11%?

If so, there is a chance that you have younger women in your family. Have you thought about how to approach the subject of breast cancer risk with them? Women are at a higher risk for breast cancer diagnosis at a young age if they have a close family member who was also diagnosed at an early age, or if they have changes to certain genes that can cause breast cancer.

A Tribute to Dr. Karen Meneses

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A Tribute to Dr. Karen Meneses

Dr. Karen Meneses, a professor and associate dean at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Nursing, as well as UAB’s lead for SurviveAL, passed away unexpectedly recently. Below are a few of our remembrances of her.

3 Reasons Why You Need To Explore This Website

By: Laura Ricks

3 Reasons Why You Need To Explore This Website

Right after I started working with young women fighting breast cancer, I was talking to a woman I know, though not very well, in Los Angeles. I had contacted her to see if she would attending a non-work event I was organizing, and she said she couldn’t because she was being treated for breast cancer.

Alabama's Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network

Young women with breast cancer face unique issues. And in the South, there are more young women overall facing breast cancer. In Alabama, young African-American women are significantly more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

That is why SurviveAL is here. Part of the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, SurviveAL's mission is to help improve the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors, as well as their family and friends, by providing continuing resources and support.

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