Blogs You Need to Read
Reading blogs created by other people living with it (or blogging yourself) can be a good way to connect with others in the breast cancer community. Here are six of the best breast cancer blogs recommended by doctors and people with breast cancer.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer
Jane Meisel, MD, medical oncologist at the Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta, recommends this blog.
Content ranges from patient stories to topics such as fear management and treatment advice. Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a nonprofit focused on breast cancer, publishes the blog.
When Anna Crollman was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 27, she looked for support online and couldn’t find her. So she started her own blog, My Cancer Chic.
Five years later, Crollman says the landscape of breast cancer blogging has changed dramatically.
“Everyone has a different mind, but there are so many now that have come from their own experiences… as a way to give back, so it’s amazing to see,” she said.
She recommends Nalie Agustin’s blog. Agustin is a lawyer, speaker, and author from Canada who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 at age 24. She blogs about everything from healing and motivation to travel and beauty advice.
“She actually has a podcast now, and she did a show about her journey and her inspiring women,” Crollman says. “I also love its inspiring content.”
Stupid and stupid breast cancer
This blog was born from Ann Marie Giannino’s goal of highlighting breast cancer awareness and advocacy. Topics for publication range from bereavement to mental illness and, of course, Giannino’s own experience with cancer.
“Breast cancer blogs are very personal because they each have their own ‘flavor’, but I recommend checking out stupiddumbbreastcancer.com and nancyspoint.com for more personal accounts,” Meisel says.
Susan Rahn, public speaker, lawyer and blogger at StickIt2Stage4, was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2013. She says she can’t recommend Nancy Stordahl’s Nancy’s Point enough.
“She just has a ton of information. His blog is more engaging than people like me letting off steam and throwing up a lot of words, ”says Rahn. “She talks about topics that are very relevant to the cancer world… if someone has just been diagnosed with breast cancer, this is definitely a resource.
Meisel congratulates Nancy’s Point for offering a personal take on what it’s like to have breast cancer.
Crollman is also a fan of Cancer Fashionista, a blog by fashion and beauty publicist Melissa Berry, who chronicles her experience with breast cancer.
“She’s another great woman that I’ve connected with over the years. It focuses on building confidence and fashion within the breast cancer community, ”says Crollman. “Truly wonderful content in different areas.”
Content-wise, Berry does it all: she reviews beauty products, highlights “cancpreneurs” and blogs about hair loss and chemotherapy.
Get up while swinging
Rahn also suggests Lara Huffman’s Get Up Swinging. She started the blog in 2010 on Blogspot and now continues it on her website, which she calls “Get Up Swinging 2.0”. Today it is focused on advocacy and education.
“She’s written some really fabulous blogs and been an ally with the breast cancer community as well as with metastatic patients because she understands the parent-child relationship and she’s been through that,” says Rahn.
Huffman’s mother was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 1987, and Huffman writes about it, along with her own personal experience.
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