When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, one of the first things that went through my mind was, “How did I get this? What did I do?” Was it environmental, from the microwave or due to sleep habits, alcohol...
I thought I knew what to expect... until I didn't. I turned 40, and I scheduled my first mammogram. My friends who had gone before me told me how nice the experience is, all things considered — think fuzzy...
If you haven’t already met Donna Deegan in person, you probably know her as a Jacksonville celebrity and inspiration to so many in our community. Award-winning journalist, philanthropist and marathoner, Donna is the founder of The DONNA Foundation, a...
I’m 49, married 12 years to a wonderful man, Kent, and we have a 5-year-old daughter, Lucy. I have Stage IV, Metastatic Triple Negative Breast Cancer, for which there is no cure. I’m currently in a clinical trial. Treatments...
You see the color PINK filling up the city. You catch a quick mention about it on the news or see a Facebook post from a friend running and training for the big race. But you think, "I'm not a...
“Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.” –Albert Camus We all have certain family dynamics. Maybe your husband loves to kick off Memorial Day with hamburgers on the grill, or your middle child is carving...
Ask any woman which color ribbon represents breast cancer awareness, and she will be able to tell you: Pink! And most women know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Today’s savvy mom probably has a laminated sheet with a...
My breasts have provided me many different things over the years. In middle school and high school, I watched them grow during the awkward period of puberty. As an adult, they made me feel confident and strong as a young...
Ovarian cancer is called the "silent killer," and for good reason: There are often very few recognizable symptoms until the cancer has become extremely advanced. The symptoms that women do get are vague, and they can easily be confused...
Brought to you by Wolfson Children’s Hospital During the month of October, pink seems to be everywhere you look. From the pink ribbons on lapels to some fuchsia shoes on the feet of our Jacksonville Jaguars players, it is the color...
Although my sister, Kristin and I both love holidays, she has a really funny way of celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness month. On October 1, 2015, her doctors called and confirmed – yes – it was ductal carcinoma, stage 2....
On my 39th birthday, my best friend, who also happens to be my business partner and gynecologist, showed up on my doorstep bearing a gift of bad news: I had tested positive for the BRCA 1 genetic mutation. As...

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