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October 31, 2012

A Healing Light From Within

Below are excerpts from our Joining FORCEs conference welcome address and a keynote talk that I recently gave in Chicago. Fifteen years ago, there was no FORCE. Back then, hereditary cancer was scarier and lonelier than it is today. When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer at age 33, it was caught early. I … + read more

October 15, 2012

The Cavalry Has Arrived!

When I founded FORCE in 1999 it was in the early days of BRCA discovery and testing. I had my own BRCA testing in 1998, over a year after my diagnosis with breast cancer, and only after learning about hereditary cancer by reading a magazine article about BRCA. I immediately understood the significance and power … + read more

September 26, 2012

Previvor Day: A Solemn Celebration

In searching for inspiration for this blog, I went back to the FORCE message boards to remember when and how the previvor movement began.  When I started FORCE, long before the organization and programs grew to the national influence that we are today, we were merely a message board, a way for people in similar … + read more

June 26, 2012

Lucky 21 – For Dan

I know that this post is a departure from our “13 things” theme. But it was important for me to share this post with our community. I have said in the past that FORCE was founded on the principle that “no one should face hereditary cancer alone.” I have been blessed with a partner who … + read more

June 12, 2012

A Public Response to Dr. Ivan Oransky

To put this post in context, I was forwarded the link to this webcast from the recent TedMed Conference. I suggest watching this presentation by Dr. Ivan Oransky prior to reading the following blog. Dear Dr. Oransky, I recently watched your TedMed presentation and I share your concerns about medical overtreatment of certain conditions and … + read more

May 1, 2012

13 Reasons to Attend the Joining FORCEs Against Hereditary Cancer Conference

Registration is now open for our 7th annual Joining FORCEs Against Hereditary Cancer conference. The excitement is building as planning progresses for this amazing and unique event. As Course Director, I think the conference is incredible; as a participant, this is the conference that I personally enjoy the most and gain the most from attending. … + read more

March 16, 2012

Guest Blogger: Knowledge IS Power

Guest blogger and Phoenix Outreach Coordinator, Lisa Edwards shares her story and thoughts on why she feels supporting FORCE is so important. I grew up watching my grandmother, two aunts and mother battle breast cancer, each of them having it more than once.  As a young adult, I knew that I needed to be the … + read more

March 5, 2012

Why Shouldn’t We Have It All?

As a 15-year breast cancer survivor, I remind myself daily of my good fortune and blessings. Of course, I feel fortunate to be a long-term survivor, especially when I consider that my cancer initially recurred nine months after treatment. I made it through chemotherapy and radiation without any serious problems, despite needing a transfusion and … + 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

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

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

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

June 30, 2011

Why we need a hereditary cancer research fund

One of my favorite moments of the FORCE conference was having the honor to announce the FORCE Hereditary Cancer Research Fund. Below are some highlights from my presentations that mention this new and important FORCE initiative.   “Awareness and advocacy lay the groundwork for building our community and making sure that the needs of our group … + read more

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