This blog will cover topics of interest that affect our community. Unless otherwise stated, the blog articles will be written by Sue Friedman, Executive Director of FORCE.

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Archive for 2008

December 12, 2008

Voices: Beyond the Beads

by Lani Sinclair Every year at the Joining FORCEs Conference, must of us wear beads of different colors to signify whether we were breast or ovarian cancer survivors, previvors, genetic counselors, health professionals, or supporters. I wore beads to indicate I am BRCA negative. Several people asked me, “Then why are you here?” The answer … + read more

August 19, 2008

Try Walking in Our Shoes

I highly recommend In the Family for anyone who is interested in the issues facing our community. The “BRAC-umentary” by Joanna Rudnick of Kartemquin Films premiered at our 2008 annual conference and will air October 1 on PBS. In addition there are many planned community screenings of the film across the country. In 80 minutes, Joanna, … + read more

April 4, 2008

Voices: The Impact of Genetic Testing Without Genetic Counseling For a Young Woman

by Lisa Held A string of family cancer diagnoses and an uncle who worked for Myriad prompted a frenzy of genetic testing among the women in my family. The results were positive—BRCA2 positive. Just months after I lost my mother to pancreatic cancer, I went with my aunt to her post-mastectomy appointment. At age 20, … + read more

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