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Why “Self Care” is not “Selfish”

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,…

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Top 5 Reasons to Give a Charitable Donation this Holiday Season

This time of year, the malls and online stores are filled with shoppers, eager to purchase the perfect gift for friends and loved ones near and far. We may be biased, but…

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16-Year Breast Cancer Survivor, Cathy Ledvina

The holiday season is a time of remembrance. We relive our favorite memories around the dinner table, exchange gifts with those who helped make them, and mourn those no longer with us….

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so here at MiraKind, we’re taking a moment to think about the many ways in which breast cancer impacts our community. Many of you may know that…

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Menopause & Myths about Hormone Replacement Therapy

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…

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

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…

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Let’s Talk Menopause (Finally)

Menopause: a condition that 100% of women will experience, yet so few of us feel comfortable talking about. We all know something about menopause, but just like pregnancy or bungee jumping, you…

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Doctor resistance to get KRAS-variant tested

Devon and her Obstetrician/Gynecologist always had a good rapport. During their decade-long relationship as patient and physician, Devon credited her doctor with maintaining her health, saving her daughter’s life despite delivery complications,…

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My “best friend and idol,” my mother, Joanne Perriens

This is Laura’s keynote address from the 2017 ACS Relay for Life, her testament to her mother, her “best friend and idol.” Her mother, Joanne Perriens’ story can be read here. Courage is defined as…

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“I’ve outlived three oncologists”

This article draws upon an interview Joanne Perriens had with our MiraGuide Amanda in June 2016. We were deeply saddened to learn that Joanne lost her battle to breast cancer shortly after…

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“Making Something out of Nothing”

Waiting for her flight at the airport, Michelle Zacharia found herself walking in a direction she did not intend: toward the wall of magazines.  Michelle, a person totally disinterested in celebrity gossip…

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“Nobody plans to get cancer–I certainly didn’t.”

During the summer of 2009, Tina Kelly noticed two pea-sized lumps in her right breast.  Feeling strong and having plenty of energy, she thought for sure they were benign fibroids, which she…

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