FORCE Blog

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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personal stories

March 31, 2020

Dealing with an Extra Helping of Stress

“Driving into the skid means accepting the anxiety you’re feeling for what it is and experiencing the fluttery feeling in your stomach,” Hurley said

August 29, 2019

The Mastectomy Club

by Katie Spittal I’m sitting in the Delta lounge at LaGuardia airport in New York City. This members-only club offers me free food and Wi-Fi to enjoy before I make the short, yet long journey from the airport over the river and into Manhattan. I flew in from Indiana to support my baby sister—she is … + read more

April 27, 2018

The Lights of May

Special note: In honor of Mother’s Day 2018, we’re recycling this post that was originally published in 2012. This inspirational post is as relevant as when first written 6 years ago.  by Sue Friedman We were late.  The last hint of twilight faded and although we were close to home, I was nervous.  It was … + read more

February 28, 2018

Five Year Ovarian Cancerversary

by Cindy McKinnon Deurloo Five years ago I heard the only words a cancer patient wants to hear “you’re cancer free and in remission.” After the painful surgery (radical hysterectomy), surgical menopause, 6 rounds of aggressive chemotherapy that made me very ill, multiple blood transfusions, hospital stays and scars, I made it!! How blessed am I to … + read more

September 21, 2011

A Letter of Hope and Encouragement

Note: If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, please consider taking a few minutes to help us out by completing this short survey. Thank you! 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 … + read more

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