It was May of 2018, and Dorothy was nursing her infant while her two-year-old was playing with toy trucks at her feet. Dorothy noticed a lumpy area in her left breast. Totally surrounded by all things baby, and having experienced lots of complications nursing her first child, Dorothy assumed the lumpy area had to do with blocked milk ducts, mastitis, or some other breastfeeding condition. 

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On a warm July night in 2007, I was at Fenway Park, watching the Red Sox with my friend Taylor Blaisdell, who owned a boutique in Concord, MA, chatting about a way to honor my mom’s breast cancer journey. Taylor shared an idea about a fundraiser fashion show she had been part of recently, and…

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Reframing the way we think about the next 52+ weeks. Since March, I’ve started a majority of my sentences with, “when this all goes back to normal, I will…” and fill in the ending with something about how life used to be. It is a way of thinking that provides a huge amount of safety…

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Earlier this week, I sent our models a special video message, and today, I emailed one out to our community of donors and supporters to let them know about our plans for The Runway Show this October. Simply stated, we are forgoing in-person events until we are sure that we can keep our community safe.

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I also know that I’ve survived some pretty bad loss, and I am ok. I know a lot of others who are similar. When you can accept what you can control and what you can’t, and when you can lean on others for support, you can get through a lot.

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This is a blog post about my step-mother, a major part of the Runway for Recovery story that often gives people pause, yet she has been a part of the story that I’ve always wanted to bring more attention to because I think it can help others. I write about this part of the story today because I recently had a conversation with a young woman who was about to watch her Dad get re-married, and she asked me about what it would be like to have a step-mom.

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Malissa Wood, a survivor since 2006. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 43 in Dec 2006.  I was very healthy, no family history and we were a bit blindsided by the diagnosis.  I was a single Mom with four children at the time ages 6,8,10 and 12.  I am a cardiologist at MGH…

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Betsy Tyson-Smith, first diagnosed in 1990. Out of nowhere, with no family history, no bad habits and no genetic markers, I was diagnosed with BC at age 48. My experience of surgery and treatment was a lot different than it is these days. I went into Boston for surgery and radiation and it was a…

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Mary Joyce Rose, a survivor since 2012. When I was in my breast cancer support group (where I met 2 new friends and fellow models Kathleen Keeley and Jenn Sheehy Everett), we did an exercise where we described ourselves in six words. My phrase was “Breast cancer has made me stronger.” That has proven to…

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