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As I look back, I believe what really helped me the most in coming to grips with this horrific diagnosis was to do things that made me feel as if I had some control.

I talked to every survivor that I could find. I started using a cancer nutritionist (and I still work with her today) and changed my diet to organic foods. I had acupuncture treatments during the time I had chemotherapy, and I had regular massages. I listened to relaxation and mind imaging tapes at night. I also trusted and had confidence in my excellent oncologist.

Along with these things I continued to exercise throughout my treatment. Feeling normal in a very not normal situation was so important to me. More than anything, the love and support of my family and all my wonderful friends got me through that time.

— Joleen Skarberg of Vancouver.

Diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer 10 years ago.

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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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