We Pray for the Day the Government Will Get Involved

By: Elizabeth Ragui, Kenya

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in July of 2004. This experience changed my life. After completing my treatments, I wanted to know more about cancer so I could tell others about prevention, detection and treatment. Although I was not illiterate, I did not know and had not done very much in regard to Self Breast Examination. Therefore, I decided to use my experience to educate the public-especially women-about breast cancer. Within a year, I was trained by Reach to Recovery International (RRI) as a volunteer in breast cancer support. This enhanced my skills and was an eye opener on how much I could do for those affected. I helped them to live a quality life by accepting their new status, overcoming the challenge and regaining self esteem. Breast cancer support was not enough. I wanted to educate the general public about this issue. In a culture where cancer is associated with witchcraft, I set forth to demystify the disease through cancer awareness. It soon occurred to me to address other types of cancer, especially cervical and prostate. Along with other breast cancer survivors, I registered Reach to Recovery Kenya which is affiliated with RRI [...] continue the story

Study With The Best Special: I’m Not Alone

This documentary explores how CUNY, the nation’s largest urban public university, has been affected by breast cancer through personal stories of CUNY people impacted by the disease like Sara Porath, a producer for CUNY TV, Wilhelmina Obatola Grant, a Hunter College Alumnus and artist, and Carl Aylman, Director of Student Services for Baruch College. It also looks at CUNY’s efforts to combat the disease through breast cancer awareness programs with its students and multi-discipline breast cancer research.

April 11, 2011

Toughing Up

By MickeyMic October 3, 2011

I heard those words- “You have MS”, and I found myself making that choice- to accept, to learn, to strive, to “tough up” and take it on. “Toughing up” has become a daily endeavor, and I accept it. I heard those words- “Your MS has progressed, and you now have Epilepsy”, and I absorbed the shock the only way I knew how- I “toughed up” and moved forward as best I could. “Toughing up”- it’s a constant companion. I heard those words- “You have breast cancer”, and it stopped me dead in my tracks- until my constant companion tapped me on the shoulder. Fighting the good fight demands an attempt at “toughing up”, even if you don’t do it as gracefully as you hoped you would. In living with MS, “toughing up” is what we do- every day and at any given moment. “Toughing up”- it’s what we do. We never know what is coming next, but what ever it is, I’m on the ready. I’m “toughing up”!

Sharsheret Anniversary

November 1, 2011

Dear Friends:

This year, I was blessed to celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of my youngest son. I recall vividly the day I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time 10 years ago, and the prayer I kept repeating that I would live to witness my children, then 3 and 5 years old, celebrate the milestones that we all cherish – birthdays, graduations, weddings.

This year, we were also blessed to mark an incredible milestone in Sharsheret’s history – 10 years of service to the Jewish community and the cancer community. Since 2001, Sharsheret has inspired change – giving a voice to those with breast cancer in a community that spoke little, if at all, about hereditary disease. We are talking now about cancer, educating the next generation about genetics, and connecting Jewish women and families of all backgrounds with vital support during the most challenging times. Our vision for the next 10 years is even more ambitious. Our reach will expand to include women and families affected by ovarian cancer. Our programs will be firmly rooted in major Jewish communities nationwide. Our initiatives will educate thousands of Jewish families at risk of hereditary cancer. And our children and [...] continue the story

The Truth of It: Dr. Marla

Marla is a physician, writer and on-air health journalist. Marla was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 48.