Why Is My Arm/Leg/Whatever Swelling? What You Need To Know About Lymphedema

By: Laura Ricks

Why Is My Arm/Leg/Whatever Swelling?! What You Need To Know About Lymphedema

Lymphedema, is a one-word way of saying swelling that results from lymph fluid in your body. It can happen anywhere in your body, though it’s usually in your arms or legs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lymph fluid is the part of the system that carries fluids and cells that help fight infection. When those fluids get built up (such as when you’re fighting cancer!), they cause swelling, which can happen in a flash or slowly, over a long period of time.

When Sometimes The Treatment Feels Worse Than The Disease

By: Laura Ricks

When Sometimes The Treatment Feels Worse Than The Disease

The side effects of cancer treatment suck. There’s no getting around it. Sure, not every woman will feel side effects – or at least all of them. But most women will feel at least some of these effects, some of the time. And when a lot of people have to deal with something, the silver lining to that cloud, is that both experts and sufferers can often come up with something that might help, like a remedy or some good advice or tips.

Understanding Financial Toxicity And How To Deal With It

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

Understanding Financial Toxicity And How To Deal With It

Did you know that cancer is one of the most expensive illnesses to treat in the United States? It is no wonder that cancer patients are more likely to experience financial toxicity. Financial toxicity describes the problems related to the cost of treatment. Specifically, how out-of-pocket costs can cause financial problems for patients. Out-of-pocket costs can include copayments, deductibles, and coinsurance. These out-of-pocket costs can be from staying in the hospital, having procedures and tests done, doctor appointments, and/or prescription medications.

What I Wish I Knew Lean In

By: Lauren Oxenhandler

What I Wish I Knew: Lean In

I’m not sure I believe anything can truly prepare someone to hear the words, “You have cancer.” At least that’s how I felt when I heard those words on July 14, 2017. If there is one thing I wish I knew when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, it is to lean in.

Here To Help Young Breast Cancer Survivor Organizations

By: GS YBCSN Staff

Here To Help: Young Breast Cancer Survivor Organizations

Hopefully, many of you know that we here at SurviveDAT, SurviveMISS and SurviveAL (the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network) are here to help. But how many of you know there are a whole group of organizations which can help you?

Caregiver Story A Military Man Learns The Value of A Safety Net

By: Kevin Hendricks, Caregiver & Co-Survivor

Caregiver Story: A Military Man Learns The Value of A Safety Net

I am not a cancer survivor, but I did survive as my wife’s caregiver during her fight with cancer. There is a saying I heard throughout our struggle, which states there are only four types of people in the world: those who are caregivers, those who have been caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will someday need a caregiver.

Why would we not think about protecting our children from CANCER?

By: Silvia Gisiger Camata

Why would we not think about protecting our children from CANCER?

As a mother, I always thought about protecting my children. I remember my son trying his first bicycle ride at age 2: helmet, knees and elbows pads, and two parents watching him move away at an ‘incredible speed’ (let me tell you about proud parents!). Full gear protection! Yes, he felt several times, but all the gadgets that were meant to protect him, actually they did their job. He was safe…and thanks goodness, no concussions at age 2!

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?

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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