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June 27, 2022

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Balancing harsh treatment

The Columbian

There are two pieces of advice I received upon my diagnosis of triple-negative breast cancer in 2009 that I believe made a world of difference in getting through chemo and radiation.

The first came from my radiation oncologist who recommended the Immune Enhancement Project on Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland, where I had acupuncture twice a week.

The second came from a dear friend who preceded me with her own cancer journey. She told me of a study done on the effects of walking 20 minutes a day. The study was stopped and the control group was told to start walking — the benefits were that obvious. I didn’t miss a day for five months.

These two positive activities helped to balance all the harsh chemicals being put in my body, and I firmly believe they mitigated the negative effects of both chemo and radiation.

— Terry Glafka of Hazel Dell.

Diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in 2009. Currently cancer free.

Advice from survivors

Who better to guide people diagnosed with breast cancer than those who have walked the path? The following is advice for those recently diagnosed with breast cancer from women who have received the diagnosis. Submissions have been edited for clarity and brevity. Read more at

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