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Why We’re Pink

Why We’re Pink

BY JENNIFER GOODSTEIN (Publisher, NYC Community Media)  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month; a time for us all to redouble our efforts to eradicate the second leading killer of women in America. NYC Community Media and Community News Group’s annual “pink paper” is dedicated to our local resources, researchers, support teams, and survivors — because […]

Women at High Risk for Breast Cancer Brave Hard Choices

Women at High Risk for Breast Cancer Brave Hard Choices

BY EILEEN STUKANE | Life as they know it changes for women when they learn that one of their two Breast Cancer (BRCA) genes — which is supposed to offer cancer protection — has a mutation, a glitch that causes an increase in their risks of developing breast and ovarian cancer. During this October Breast […]

Judy’s Magic Wand

Judy’s Magic Wand

BY PUMA PERL Judy was my mother’s best friend Even her name distinguished her from the other friends Elsie and Gertrude and Ann with their short hair and Brooklyn voices Judy lived in a midtown Manhattan high-rise She worked in the garment district and gave me clothes like those other girls wore Poor boy sweaters, […]

She’ll Show Cancer: A Survivor Brings Her Story to the Stage

She’ll Show Cancer: A Survivor Brings Her Story to the Stage

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Nancy Rappaport, MD sought solace in long walks or small acts kindness offered by others — but in doing so, setbacks often found a way to assert themselves. Whether getting shooed out of a comforting cemetery, being fined for letting her unleashed dog roam the beach, or having hospital staff insist […]

Cape and Crown: How Rev. Jen Got Her Booty Back

Cape and Crown: How Rev. Jen Got Her Booty Back

BY REV. JEN MILLER | Greetings, Earthlings and dear readers! I last wrote this column almost nine months ago, after losing my Chihuahua BFF, Reverend Jen Junior. I was heartbroken then, and am still heartbroken. But, the good news is, Jen Junior will always be with us. In fact, I recently received a postcard, simply […]

Why We’re Pink

Why We’re Pink

Our best scoops come from you, our loyal readers. You told us how much you enjoyed our “pink paper” articles last October, to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and asked us to make it an annual print tradition. We are delighted to oblige — with a focus this year on volunteers, and survivors who’ve served […]

Her Cancer Was No Show Stopper

Her Cancer Was No Show Stopper

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | When performer and five-decade Village resident D’yan Forest was diagnosed with breast cancer 24 years ago, she took the dictum “the show must go on” to heart. “[I] went every morning to get the radiation and in the afternoon I’d sing in Staten Island and be a French chanteuse,” Forest, […]

For Queer Cancer Survivors, It’s Not All About Pink Ribbons

For Queer Cancer Survivors, It’s Not All About Pink Ribbons

BY WINNIE McCROY | Before you pull out your “I Heart Boobies” bracelet and pink ribbons in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, look at the facts: about 58 percent of women who have mastectomies don’t choose breast reconstruction. Women — especially those who identify as queer — are rejecting the notion that the […]

Innovative Breast Care in the Heart of Chelsea

Innovative Breast Care in the Heart of Chelsea

BY EILEEN STUKANE | October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month — but at Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Appel-Venet Comprehensive Breast Service (on the main floor of the hospital’s cancer center at 325 W.15th St. in Chelsea) every month and every day is devoted to breast cancer awareness. Chelsea residents are fortunate to have this advanced […]

Survivor’s Story of Will and Courage

Survivor’s Story of Will and Courage

BY SHAVANA ABRUZZO | Breast cancer survivor Lisa Malwitz is living proof of hope after a diagnosis. Malwitz, an office manager at NYC Community Media (Chelsea Now’s parent company), has been cancer-free for two years, and regular doctor’s visits, mammograms, and medication keep the disease in check, but her ordeal has changed her priorities. “I […]

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