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The Voice of People With Breast Cancer


Our Voices Blog

Our top blogs from 2019!

It’s now 2020! How strange does that sound? 2019 was a busy and impactful year at CBCN. So, we thought we’d look back and see what blogs you, our readers, found to be the most valuable. Here’s the top 10 list of most read blogs on CBCN’s Our Voices.

10. Genetic testing: the benefits, the risks, and the latest knowledge

What is genetic testing? According to Genetics Home Reference, “Genetic testing is a type of medical test that identifies changes in chromosomes, genes, or proteins…”

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9. An app that helps you during your treatment and beyond

Self-care during treatment is so important for maintaining not only a good quality of life but your sanity as well. From doctor’s appointments, to managing the emotional aspects of a breast cancer diagnosis, there’s a lot to juggle. We’re excited to announce our new partnership with Self Care Catalysts and our Health Storylines mobile app.

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8. Guided meditation at home

This week we are sharing some guided meditations you can do in the comfort of your home. Here are 4 guided meditation exercises worth trying to help reduce stress and anxiety.

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7. 5 interesting breast cancer research highlights

We’re sharing some interesting research results that we’ve seen in the news recently.

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6. Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema Part 2: Early Signs, and Treatments By Tracy Gardikiotis

Today we’re helping you identify early signs and what treatments are available for lymphedema.

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5. Relieving the emotional and physical toll of breast cancer through mind-body practices

Breast cancer treatment affects more than just your body. It can take an incredible toll on your emotional well-being as well. You likely have a ton of anxiety about your treatments, and how it will affect your life moving forward.

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4. My beautiful baby saved my life By Samantha Chinn

I remember sitting in the small room waiting for the doctor to come in.  I was nervous but didn’t think anything was wrong.

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3. Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema Part 1: Risk Factors By Tracy Gardikiotis

Breast cancer-related lymphedema is abnormal swelling that can develop in the arm, hand, breast, or torso on the side treated for breast cancer where lymph nodes have been removed.  Lymphedema can develop suddenly or gradually. It can happen soon after surgery or can develop months or years later.

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2. Meet Cathy Hemeon, CBCN’s new board member

The Canadian Breast Cancer Network is pleased to welcome a new member to our board of directors.  Cathy Hemeon of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland brings many years of experience in the health care field to her new role. 

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1. The High Cost of Cancer By Jackie Greenham

Living in a remote community like Labrador City, NL comes with its own challenges. We have one grocery store with very high prices, gas is $1.34/L, and we lack normal everyday amenities such as movie theatres and night clubs. Traveling out of Labrador means a very expensive plane ticket or driving 7-14 hours (depending on which direction you choose) on a partially paved highway that has often been called a cow path in some sections. The most critical challenge, however, is access to adequate healthcare. I experienced this firsthand when I was diagnosed with cancer.

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We’re looking forward to the year ahead and sharing practical and useful information with you all as well as stories from people who have been there. If you feel empowered to share your story, email us at!

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