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Breast cancer survivors share wisdom: Get support. Accept help. Stay strong. Never give up

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October 11, 2020, 5:19am Breast Cancer

Facing a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment — especially during a pandemic — can be a frightening prospect. Read story

Just a few small things can make a big difference: snacks, warm socks, lip balm, lotion and a deck of cards can make the hours pass more easily.

Creating a chemotherapy comfort kit

Just a few small things can make a big difference: snacks, warm socks, lip balm, lotion and a deck of cards can make the hours pass more easily.

October 11, 2020, 5:19am Breast Cancer

Chemotherapy treatments can be singularly unnerving, even though cancer clinics are designed with patients’ comfort in mind. Read story

Della Frazier and Zsaneen Kennedy, mother and daughter, both survivors of breast cancer, have a twice-monthly dinner with family members at the Kennedy home last year. Kennedy told her family about her breast cancer diagnosis at a family dinner like this in 2018.

Vancouver family needed connection to navigate grief during a time of increased isolation

Della Frazier and Zsaneen Kennedy, mother and daughter, both survivors of breast cancer, have a twice-monthly dinner with family members at the Kennedy home last year. Kennedy told her family about her breast cancer diagnosis at a family dinner like this in 2018.

October 11, 2020, 5:14am Breast Cancer

As a pandemic plays out around the globe, one Vancouver family has been navigating an intimate grief that’s required closeness during this time of increased isolation. Read story

Elizabeth Koch of Vancouver, who is a cancer survivor, points out some of her favorite areas in Jorgenson Woods Neighborhood Park. Koch believes in the therapeutic power of nature and forests.
Radiological technologist Jenni Barr, left, assists Amy Libby while she gets her first mammogram at Kaiser Permanente's Cascade Park office in August.

First mammogram an easy rite of passage

Radiological technologist Jenni Barr, left, assists Amy Libby while she gets her first mammogram at Kaiser Permanente's Cascade Park office in August.

October 11, 2020, 5:13am Breast Cancer

Like a lot of women, I put off my first mammogram. Kaiser Permanente started pestering me to make an appointment approximately 13 seconds after I turned 40. That was in 2018. Read story

Leslie Girard recently celebrated one year since her breast cancer diagnosis. Every morning, she takes her dog, Bella, for a quick walk before heading out for a half hour on her own. She also strives to eat a plant-based diet in hopes of staving off cancer recurrence.

Program helps survivors rebuild health after breast cancer diagnosis

Leslie Girard recently celebrated one year since her breast cancer diagnosis. Every morning, she takes her dog, Bella, for a quick walk before heading out for a half hour on her own. She also strives to eat a plant-based diet in hopes of staving off cancer recurrence.

October 11, 2020, 5:12am Breast Cancer

Leslie Girard recently celebrated the first year after her breast cancer diagnosis, if “celebrate” is the word for it. Read story

Pink Lemonade Project's CEO Susan Stearns took the helm just as the coronavirus pandemic began.

Stearns ‘right person at right time’ to lead Pink Lemonade Project in pandemic

Pink Lemonade Project's CEO Susan Stearns took the helm just as the coronavirus pandemic began.

October 6, 2020, 6:03am Breast Cancer

Susan Stearns took the helm at Pink Lemonade Project on March 2, just as the world was starting to fall apart. For the past six months, she’s navigated the Vancouver-based nonprofit through a pandemic and found new ways of connecting with people affected by breast cancer. Read story

Sherry Cianni, from left, Madilynn Reagan and Gina Salt drive by Heather James' home in Felida during a parade of support Saturday. James was diagnosed with breast cancer in April so her friends and co-workers decided to organize the socially-distanced parade. Cianni is also battling breast cancer, so she and James have been able to support each other.

Parade past Felida home supports nLIGHT employee with cancer

Sherry Cianni, from left, Madilynn Reagan and Gina Salt drive by Heather James' home in Felida during a parade of support Saturday. James was diagnosed with breast cancer in April so her friends and co-workers decided to organize the socially-distanced parade. Cianni is also battling breast cancer, so she and James have been able to support each other.

August 1, 2020, 7:09pm Clark County News

Tears started to well up in Heather James’ eyes as the last of dozens of vehicles decorated with pink ribbons and hand-painted signs reading “Kick cancer’s ass” and “You are loved” passed her home in Felida on Saturday afternoon. Read story

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Sources of support

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October 7, 2019, 6:00am Breast Cancer

For the loved ones of a breast cancer patient, it can be hard to know how to help. Read story

Family friend Zahira Cooper, 9, from left, Zsaneen Kennedy and her daughter LaQuay Kennedy pray before dinner. The family often gathers for dinner. Kennedy said she is concerned about her daughters getting breast cancer, which runs in the family.

Vancouver mother, daughter beat breast cancer — together

Family friend Zahira Cooper, 9, from left, Zsaneen Kennedy and her daughter LaQuay Kennedy pray before dinner. The family often gathers for dinner. Kennedy said she is concerned about her daughters getting breast cancer, which runs in the family.

October 6, 2019, 6:05am Breast Cancer

Children play downstairs. Football is on TV. Laughter fills the home. Spaghetti, ribs and fried chicken are almost ready for consumption. Read story