Category Archive: Family

Father’s Day

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Today is Father’s Day and I would like to re-post a beautiful, moving tribute to a  father from a beloved daughter. This post was originally published last December but it seems perfect on this… Continue reading

A husband’s story

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   Today I am truly honored to share with you a male voice on this blog, and what a voice!  Andy Koehn and I have been getting to know each other via Twitter… Continue reading

Face the Sun

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Face the Sun is the first feature film to look closely at breast cancer and its impact on families. This tender, heart-warming and inspirational film offers messages of courage, hope and forgiveness, while… Continue reading

A husband’s story

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What is it like to have a partner diagnosed with cancer? Here is an extract from Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cancer Book, recounting what it was like for one man. When my wife was… Continue reading

Shaking the branches of the family tree

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I have just spent the last hour happily picking my way through my family history online. The 1911 Irish census is now online and it makes for fascinating reading. Family history was never… Continue reading

Breastfeeding may help those with family history of cancer

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  Breastfeeding may lower the risk of breast cancer in women with a family history of the disease, a new study has found. In the study of more than 60,000 women, researchers from… Continue reading

Care for the caregiver

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A few weeks ago, I posted  “Cancer – harder on the patient or the spouse?”, the personal reflection of one man on his struggles as a care-giver to his wife, who underwent treatment for breast… Continue reading

Understanding hereditary cancer

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All cancers are due to changes in our genes, called mutations. If you are born with a gene mutation that leads to cancer, it is called a hereditary cancer.  Learn what makes hereditary… Continue reading

Losing a mother to breast cancer

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I mentioned Dawn Porter’s excellent documentary, “My Breasts Could Kill Me ” which was shown on Sky 1 earlier this week.  Dawn’s mother died from breast cancer when she was only 34, two… Continue reading

Skin-sparing mastectomy

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Following a piece I read on another blog, I thought it might be helpful to tell you of the personal experience of someone who has undergone a skin-sparing mastectomy. Unusually, it is not the woman… Continue reading