This Holiday Season

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This Holiday Season

Last week we celebrated Thanksgiving: a time for family, friends, and looking back over the year with gratitude. This year we here at SurviveAL are so thankful for each person we have been able to reach this year.

Men Caretakers and the People Young Breast Cancer Survivors Love

By: Laura Ricks
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Men, Caretakers, and the People Young Breast Cancer Survivors Love

This month, we here at the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network want to acknowledge the people who love, support and take care of the women we are trying to help. Breast cancer doesn’t just take its toll on the young woman, it also can exact a heavy price on those around her. As Marc Heyison, founder of “Men Against Breast Cancer” says “Breast cancer devastates the entire family.” So here are some tips and resources for men, family members and caretakers helping young women fight breast cancer.

Young Breast Cancer Survivors A Few Facts

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Young Breast Cancer Survivors: A Few Facts

When you were diagnosed, you probably thought, “I am too young to have breast cancer!” While it’s true that breast cancer is diagnosed in older women more frequently than in younger women, you are not alone. In fact, there are more than 250,000 women who were diagnosed at 40 or younger living in the United States today. Every year in Alabama, approximately 3506 women are diagnosed with breast cancer according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

The Financial Impact of Cancer

By: SurviveAL Guest Blogger

The Financial Impact of Cancer

The true lifetime financial impact of having cancer is not known, and varies from person to person. Some of the main concerns we hear about are: women without insurance who are asked to pay for their treatment, the cost of time lost from work due to doctor’s appointments, and the cost of co-pays and medications.

Relationships with Family Friends and Children

By: SurviveAL Guest Blogger

Relationships with Family, Friends, and Children

Talking to your loved ones about your diagnosis and treatment and maintaining communication can be difficult. However you can’t expect them to know how you’re feeling unless you tell them.

Personal Relationships with Spouses and Partners

By: SurviveAL Guest Blogger

Personal Relationships with Spouses and Partners

Personal relationships can be a difficult thing to navigate for all people, but particularly for some breast cancer survivors. Some women who are already married at the time of their diagnosis have fears that their relationship with their spouse will change, and others who are not married fear that dating will become much more difficult.

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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