A Young Breast Cancer Survivor Speaks Out

By: Krystle Hensley

A Young Breast Cancer Survivor Speaks Out

In July, 2016, at the ripe old age of 27, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I first noticed a lump in my breast in early June while I was performing a breast self-examination. Initially, I thought it may have been hormonal changes due to my menstrual cycle, but when the lump did not shrink/go away by the beginning of July, I had it examined. At first, my gynecologist thought the lump was a cyst, but he sent me to get a mammogram anyway because of my family history. Within five days of my first visit, and after a mammogram, ultrasound, and biopsy, I was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer.

The Genetic Tree A Link Between My Child and Me

By: Dr. Marty B. Gebhart

The Genetic Tree: A Link Between My Child and Me

In Mississippi, women of child-bearing age make up more than 50 percent of our population. And, inevitably, some of those women will be diagnosed with cancer.

Body Image Intimacy and Relationships

By: Kim Waldrup

Body Image, Intimacy and Relationships

Intimacy in a relationship is not discussed by many dealing with cancer. It’s a private bond between yourself and a partner/husband and a closeness, which, at times, is strained by what is happening at the moment.

Happy New Year and Happy New-trition

By: Dacia Breeden

Happy New Year and Happy New-trition!

I love New Year’s. I love getting a new calendar, a new journal, and lots of new ideas and goals to write down on them. But mostly I just love the idea that I get to start fresh and hit the reset button.

The Holiday Season

By: Samantha White

The Holiday Season

Holidays bring out the best in people. Streets are decorated and lit, scents of gingerbread and cinnamon fill the air, and everyone is cheerful. SurviveMiss believes in helping our young breast cancer survivors be joyful and comfortable even when faced with the rough road they have to walk.

Men Caretakers and the People Young Breast Cancer Survivors Love

By: Laura Ricks

Men, Caretakers, and the People Young Breast Cancer Survivors Love

This month, we here at the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network want to acknowledge the people who love, support and take care of the women we are trying to help. Breast cancer doesn’t just take its toll on the young woman, it also can exact a heavy price on those around her. As Marc Heyison, founder of “Men Against Breast Cancer” says “Breast cancer devastates the entire family.” So here are some tips and resources for men, family members and caretakers helping young women fight breast cancer.

SurviveMISS Help for Young Women With Breast Cancer in Mississippi

By: Laura Ricks

SurviveMISS: Help for Young Women With Breast Cancer in Mississippi

If you're reading this blog, you’re probably familiar with SurviveMISS and the help it can provide young women facing breast cancer. But just in case you aren’t, please take the time to explore this website and follow us our social media platforms. And then spread the word.

Relationships One Survivor’s Perspective

By: Valerie Stingley

Relationships: One Survivor’s Perspective

Relationships are the very core to human existence. With a diagnosis of breast cancer, relationships including medical, family and friends, spiritual and oneself become even more of a foundation for your survival.

Mississippi'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 Mississippi, young African-American women are significantly more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

That is why SurvivMISS is here. Part of the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, SurviveMISS'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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