No one ever chooses to have cancer, but some people choose to treat it.
A diagnosis can be fraught with fear and frustration, uncertainty and pain. But for all patients who receive treatment, a supportive health care team can make all the difference.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we asked 11 people who have dedicated their lives to breast cancer research, treatment and patient support to share their stories with HuffPost. Below, find out why they chose the field they did.
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I had been an ICU nurse for 18 years when I was diagnosed with breast cancer at my very first mammogram. The very skill set that I had honed during my career — research, problem-solve, prep for worst-case-scenario, repeat — worked against me as I tried to accept and cope with this new diagnosis. Despite having healthy lifestyle habits, no family history, and no risk factors, I had abruptly left the world of care provider and entered the world of “cancer patient.” I wondered if I could possibly survive, and if I did, what that might look like. Would I ever feel attractive again? Could I ever
On October 16, more than 40 members of Congress went on record seeking a travel ban against individuals from Ebola-afflicted West Africa, despite caution from Thomas Frieden, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director, that a ban would hurt global efforts to fight the outbreak.
“A determined, infected traveler can evade the screening by masking the fever with ibuprofen,” Republican Rep. Tim Murphy said during an opening statement at the Congressional hearing on Ebola. Recent news headlines have been equally fearful. “Ebola Is Coming,” read the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek. “Could Ebola Virus Become ‘Bioterrorist Threat’?” asked a Fox News headline.
“It was a very depressing experience,” said Rosemary Taylor, associate professor of sociology and community health at Tufts who specializes in cross-border health threats. “A lot of fear being expressed, as well as counterproductive calls for a travel ban.”
Travel bans don’t work. “Right now, we know who’s coming in,” Friedman explained during the hearing. And as he later wrote in a Fox News op-ed, “We don’t want to isolate parts of the world, or people who aren’t sick, because that’s going to drive patients with Ebola underground, making it infinitely
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When a human bone was found on a gravelly riverbank by a bone-carver who was searching for mammoth ivory, little did he know it would provide the oldest modern-human genome yet sequenced. The anatomically modern male thigh-bone, found near the town of Ust’-Ishim in south-western Siberia, has been radiocarbon-dated to around 45,000 years old.
China sent a mission to the moon from the southwestern Xichang satellite launch centre this morning (shown). The spacecraft will fly around the moon on an eight-day mission.
The discovery was made by the Centre for Astrobiology in Madrid after scientists carried out drilling into two impact craters found in Oestersund and Malingen, in central Sweden.
In a significant breakthrough, published in Advanced Optical Materials, scientists from RIKEN, in collaboration with colleagues from ITRC, NARLabs in Taiwan, have succeeded in creating a large metamaterial, up to 4 mm x 4 mm2 in size, that is essentially isotropic, using a type of metamaterial element called a split-ring resonator.
Teams of scientists have been simulating Martian living conditions on Earth. The Hi-Seas project, funded by Nasa, sees crews live in a habitat in Hawaii (shown) in practice for a Mars mission.