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December 31, 2011

Happy New Year and Happy Birthday to FORCE

Tonight at just after midnight, FORCE and this community will celebrate our 13th birthday. It is hard to believe that it has been thirteen years since I founded FORCE, on New Years. As the new year rang in, I was sitting at my computer, fresh out of treatment and prophylactic surgery, posting on a brand-new … + read more

December 24, 2011

Holiday Guest Blog: Joanna Rudnick

FORCE member Joanna Rudnick, producer of the documentary In the Family  wrote the following special holiday blog. Of Holiday Miracles and Possibilities by Joanna Rudnick This time of year is all about the great miracles and the infinite possibilities. For most of us, miracle and possibility are the last words that come to mind when we … + read more

December 13, 2011

Best Gifts of the Season

The holidays are a very sentimental time for me; there are a lot of reminders of my hereditary cancer journey. The season is about so much more than gift-giving. Nevertheless, I thought that it was appropriate and timely to share my all-time best gifts in my blog. The most romantic gift I ever received In late … + read more

November 29, 2011

Guest Blogger: Author Kathy Steligo

Kathy Steligo, FORCE’s editor-at-large and author of The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook wrote the following guest blog. Reconstruction: Many changes, many choices by Kathy Steligo If you’re facing mastectomy to prevent or treat cancer, you have more choices for breast reconstruction than ever before. New breasts can be created with saline or silicone implants, or if you have … + read more

November 23, 2011

A Thanksgiving Gift

I remember Thanksgiving 1997. It was a particularly hard time for me, because I was on chemotherapy for my breast cancer recurrence. Transplanted from our home to Houston for nine months while I underwent treatment, my husband, toddler son, and I had no friends in Houston; our only support was each other. Just before Thanksgiving, … + read more

November 8, 2011

Guest Blogger: Reporter Stacey Sager

Reporter Stacey Sager wrote the following guest blog. Many FORCE members followed her personal and moving story in the recent video that aired on WABC-TV in New York City. What I’ve Learned from “Being BRCA” by Stacey Sager They say lightning doesn’t strike twice. Well, any of us who test positive for a BRCA1 or BRCA2 … + read more

November 2, 2011

Advocating for Men: Responding to the USPSTF Recommendations against PSA

I am concerned both on a professional and personal level about the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recent draft guidelines that recommend against PSA screening for men of average risk or who are high risk by virtue of a family history of cancer. FORCE has prepared a position statement in response to this … + read more

October 23, 2011

What’s New is News

We have been busy at FORCE! I’m proud of the fact that we have so many new FORCE resources to share that a special blog about “what’s new” was needed. If you missed our conference You can view free webcasts of selected sessions from our 2011 conference. The following sessions are available for on-demand viewing: Focus on BRCA … + read more

October 17, 2011

Guest Blogger: Author, Amy Boesky, PhD

The following blog was written by author and FORCE member Amy Boesky, whose inspiring, poignant, and eloquent  memoire, What we Have chronicles her family ‘s battle with hereditary cancer. Her highly-acclaimed book resonates with so many in our community. What we Need…More Research by Amy Boesky, PhD      The word research is both a noun and … + read more

October 6, 2011

HBOC Week was a Success: Let’s Sustain Awareness All Year Long

The squeaky wheel gets the grease. We have heard that saying so many times it has probably lost its true meaning. “Breast cancer awareness” and “ovarian cancer awareness” are terms that also can lose meaning over time. What does awareness mean? Does it really help in any way? Can awareness change behaviors? Can it save … + read more

September 27, 2011

In honor of National Previvor Day!

Dear Friends, In honor of National Previvor Day, which is tomorrow, we are featuring the guest post below by author Dina Roth Port who wrote the book Previvors: Facing the Breast Cancer Gene and Making Life-Changing Decisions. For information on how and why FORCE coined the term Previvor, and gave this important community of stakeholders … + read more

September 21, 2011

A Letter of Hope and Encouragement

On September 22, a 34-year-old woman—a new mom with a young child—calls her doctor for results of a biopsy. Nine months earlier she had surgery and very early, noninvasive breast cancer was found. She was told she was cured, so when she later found a lump in her armpit, she wasn’t too worried. She places … + read more

September 1, 2011

My plans for HBOC Week/Previvor Day

People have asked me how I plan to commemorate HBOC Week and Previvor Day. How will I honor and remember those whose lives have been irreparably changed by hereditary cancer? Will I be doing anything special to celebrate? Yes and no. This year I will be at the Great American Ballpark on September 19, joining … + read more

August 22, 2011

FORCE is Preparing for 2011 National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week and National Previvor Day … and we hope you are too!

HBOC Week is our opportunity to shine the light on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, impart knowledge, and save lives. Let’s join together to make a difference! On September 15, 2010, history was made with the unanimous passage of H Res 1522, the Congressional resolution declaring the first-ever National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Week and … + read more

August 16, 2011

Spirit of Empowerment: A family gives back

At our conference in June, we continued a new tradition by presenting our second Spirit of Empowerment Awards. They recognize the contributions of individuals and organizations that help FORCE support the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community and allow us to shine the light on individuals and organizations who are making a significant difference for the almost one million people … + read more

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