Topic: breast cancer

Monthly Breast Self-Exams: Do You Do Them? Blisstree Writers Weigh In

Monthly Breast Self-Exams: Do You Do Them? Blisstree Writers Weigh In

The other day, one of my friends tweeted that she had just completed her monthly breast self-exam. Despite my ardent interest in my own health (Yes, I am the woman who makes her own kombucha, uses a menstrual cup and goes to the gynecologist armed with charts of my most recent cycles), I’ve never actually done a breast self-exam, and I’m not exactly sure why it’s not a priority for me. Interested, I decided to ask my fellow Blisstree writers if they do breast self-checks. Here’s our conversation: More »

Photographer Humanizes Breast Cancer In Series Of Late Wife’s Fight

Photographer Humanizes Breast Cancer In Series Of Late Wife's Fight

Breast cancer is terrifying. We can pour out statistics on how many people are diagnosed each year, on mortality rates, on who’s getting more of it and who’s most at risk…all of it is important information, but no number can give us an idea of the actual experience. In a heartbreakingly honest documentation of his late wife Jennifer’s fight with breast cancer, photography Angelo Merendino shows the face — the devastating, painful, slow face — of what the disease is like.of this disease. More »

Introducing Alloro, A Clothing Line Specifically For Breast Cancer Survivors

Introducing Alloro, A Clothing Line Specifically For Breast Cancer Survivors

As we’ve heard from breast cancer survivors before, finding clothing that fits well after a mastectomy or double mastectomy can be very tough. Coupled with the emotional changes that a survivor goes through, these frustrations can be extremely difficult to come to terms with, as they’re a constant reminder of the traumatic experience that person has gone through. But two women are trying to change this. More »

Facebook Removes (Another) Post-Mastectomy Photo Of A Breast Cancer Survivor

Facebook Removes (Another) Post-Mastectomy Photo Of A Breast Cancer Survivor

When tattoo artist Lee Roller posted a photo of breast cancer survivor Inga Duncan Thornell ’s tattooed, post-mastectomy chest, Facebook removed it in accordance with their strict no-nudity policy outlined by their community standards. Roller, who posted the photo to Ontario-based Custom Tattoo Design’s Facebook page, was incensed, and re-posted with a request that fans share and like the image to show their support for Thornell. Predictably, outrage ensued and Facebook backtracked on their policy, allowing the image to stay online. Which would be kind of a nice story about Facebook learning to deal with the complicated reality of breast cancer – except this has already happened before. More »

15% Of Breast Cancer Deaths Attributed To Drinking — Do You Know How Much Is Safe?

15% Of Breast Cancer Deaths Attributed To Drinking -- Do You Know How Much Is Safe?

Like many people, I enjoy a glass of white wine or a couple of beers with friends. Though I certainly have my crazy nights (there were quite a few of those in college, to say the least), I generally think that my drinking isn’t an issue these days, particularly with regard to my health. Naturally — and unsurprisingly, to many of you — I was wrong. More »

Terminal Breast Cancer Patient Stars In Inspirational Paris Fashion Shoot

Terminal Breast Cancer Patient Stars In Inspirational Paris Fashion Shoot

Jill Brzezinski-Conleys is just 35 years old, but she’s already been struggling with breast cancer for three years, which was recently spread through her body and became a terminal illness. Like any breast cancer story, hers is tragic and heart-wrenching, but what makes hers unique is that she’s been determined to inspire other men and women dealing with illness by sharing it with the world. The end result is a beautiful breast cancer photo shoot that she hopes will land in a major fashion magazine–but is already spreading all over the internet, thanks to her compelling story and beautiful photos. More »