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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Many of you may know that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.  With those startling statistics, it’s almost a guarantee this disease will touch all of us in some way.  Perhaps you have been diagnosed with breast cancer yourself, years ago or within the last few months. Or perhaps you are one of the 7 in 8 who will avoid it, but your mother, best friend, colleague, aunt, or spouse will not.

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Menopause & Myths about Hormone Replacement Therapy

Menopause & Myths about Hormone Replacement Therapy

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For the large majority of us who suffer one or more symptoms of menopause, we can all agree that it is NO FUN. So what can we do about it? According to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), a leading group of health care providers who specialize in health issues for women at perimenopause and beyond, hormone replacement therapy (also known as estrogen replacement therapy or hormone therapy) remains the most effective treatment for the symptoms of menopause. But wait! Isn’t hormone replacement therapy bad for you?

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Why “Self Care” is not “Selfish”

Why “Self Care” is not “Selfish”

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Cancer survivors and their loved ones are no strangers to the adverse effects chemotherapy can have on one’s body, mind, and spirit. Despite these setbacks, Mirakind community member and blogger, Heather Trojan, refuses to let her cancer treatment lead her to a toxic life. Diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2011, Heather believes that “self care” is not “selfish,” but rather noticed the correlation between a particularly stressful time in her life and when her doctor believes the cancer first erupted.

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What You Need to Know About Estrogen and the KRAS-variant

What You Need to Know About Estrogen and the KRAS-variant

Posted by on 4:24 pm in estrogen, founder, KRAS-variant, menopause, Research | 0 comments

Joanne Weidhaas is MiraKind’s founder and one of the scientists responsible for discovering the KRAS-variant, an inherited genetic mutation which predicts an increased risk of cancer. Following this breakthrough, Weidhaas and her team of researchers began exploring the connection between estrogen and breast cancer risk, particularly as it pertains to individuals who test positive for the KRAS-variant.

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Let’s Talk Menopause (Finally)

Let’s Talk Menopause (Finally)

Posted by on 12:19 pm in menopause | 0 comments

We all know something about menopause, but just like pregnancy or bungee jumping, you can’t really understand what it’s like to go through menopause until you have truly experienced it. Despite the fact that menopause is a naturally occurring life stage, it seems to be one of the most taboo topics out there. The perception is that it’s unpleasant (and let’s be honest, it can be very unpleasant) and, therefore, it’s not socially acceptable to discuss.

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Devon’s Story

Devon’s Story

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After learning about Dr. Weidhaas’ co-discovery of the KRAS-variant from her mother — a breast cancer survivor, Army of Women research study participant, and carrier of this marker — Devon sought out more information about the new discovery and its test. She knew that she had a 50% chance of inheriting the KRAS-variant, and was extremely concerned about the implications for her health, as well as that of her young daughter.

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