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October 2021 Vol 7 No 5

Shades of Pink
Issue IntroductionsBreast Cancer
In her introduction to the October issue, coinciding with the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Lillie D. Shockney reflects on her own breast cancer experience and urges people to tell their loved ones to schedule screening mammograms.
A 40-Year Battle Against Breast Cancer: How I Continue to Honor My Sister’s Dying Wish
Breast CancerFamily Members
Nancy Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen, shares her inspiring story of how she started one of the most impressive cancer foundations in the country by keeping a promise she made to her older sister, Suzy.
My First Mammogram and a Surprising Diagnosis
Patient StoriesBreast Cancer
Nicole Davis went for her first mammogram a few weeks after turning 40 and suddenly her worst nightmare was a reality.
My Ups and Downs with Cancer
Breast CancerPatient Stories
Fay Jones shares her story of a breast cancer diagnosis full of uncertainty, how she dealt with hair loss, and then finally being cancer free.
My Breast Cancer Journey: Lessons on Faith, Hope, and Support
Patient StoriesBreast Cancer
After being diagnosed with stage IV (metastatic) breast cancer, Andrea Peden had to readjust her and her husband’s dreams of having kids, biologically or via adoption. This is a story of perseverance.
Brukinsa Approved for Marginal-Zone Lymphoma and for Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia
FDA Approvals, News & UpdatesLymphoma
In September 2021, the FDA approved Brukinsa oral capsules for adults with relapsed or refractory marginal-zone lymphoma. And in August, the FDA approved Brukinsa for adults with Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia, a rare, slow-growing type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
To Tell or Not to Tell: Sharing Your Diagnosis Your Way
Breast CancerPatient Stories
Shaquita Estes explains how she and her husband handled “the talk” with their kids after her diagnosis, which inspired a children’s book No Hair, Don’t Care! she created with her young daughter, Lexie.
Why Nurse Navigators Are Vital for Patients Living with Breast Cancer
From Your NavigatorBreast Cancer
Using Lillie Shockney as her sounding board, Fazila Seker, PhD, describes the importance of the nurse navigator, offering valuable advice to patients with behind-the-scenes insights into the healthcare system.
Coast-to-Coast Bike Ride for Cancer: Riding in Peter’s Memory
Patient AdvocacyFamily Members
Mark DeLong’s son Peter was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, at age 14, and died when he was just 16. Mark uses advocacy to raise funds for cancer research in Peter’s memory.
Woods Are a Magical Place of Healing for Me
Art Therapy
Breast cancer survivor Lisa McCloughry describes her collage “Into the Wild Wood” she made while receiving cancer treatment and taking art classes at Inova Life with Cancer, in Virginia.
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