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Faces of Breast Cancer Project

Posted 10/16/2013

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  If you are a longtime reader of this blog, you may remember that I had the marvelous opportunity to speak at an international breast cancer conference in Cape Town last March. It was a wonderful experience in all ways, but the very best was the chance to meet and talk with women from all over the world. Not surprisingly, we had much more in common than not, and it was marvelous to have the chance to be together.

  I wish that were a prologue to an invitation for us all to meet in Cape Town or Prague or Sao Paulo or Hong Kong. It's not. It is, however, an introduction to this terrific project at The New York Times. They are inviting women from all over the world to submit their stoires and pictures. I strongly encourage you to read and follow this project, and, if you are so inclined, to send in your own contribution.

  Here is more information and a link:

Faces of Breast Cancer: A Global Community

This year more than 1.4 million women around the world will learn they have breast cancer.
The disease is the biggest cancer killer of women in developed regions like North America
and Europe as well as the developing world, like Africa, where many women are diagnosed at
a late stage of the disease.
Behind the statistics are the faces of the women and men whose lives have been touched by
the disease. Some of them have breast cancer and are undergoing treatment or are now
living life after cancer. Others love someone with breast cancer or have lost someone to the
disease. And some have been told they have a high genetic risk of developing breast cancer,
and they live with the daily fear and worry about a future with breast cancer.
To tell the stories of the people who make up this global breast cancer community, we are
asking readers of The New York Times to share their experiences with breast cancer as part
of Well’s “Picture Your Life” project. So far, we have received hundreds of submissions from
readers around the world, with more coming in every day.
We’ve heard from Noemi Meneguzzo of Vicenza, Italy, whose marriage ended after her 2007
cancer diagnosis, but she created a new art exhibition called “Cancer and Femininity,” now
on display in Turin, Italy. “My friends came closer to me, and they are a real blessing in my
life,” she wrote. “I’m living with metastasis, but I’m living, and every day I can recognize
some gifts from my cancer.”

LInk to this article: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/15/faces-of-breast-cancer-a-global-community/?emc=edit_tnt_20131015&tntemail0=y&_r=1

Link to the project:: http://www.nytimes.com/projects/your-breast-cancer-stories/

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