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The Healing Benefits of Gratitude

November 24, 2021

As we prepare to gather and give thanks with our friends, families, and communities for the holidays, it’s worth taking a moment to pause and consider how grateful we are simply for the opportunity to be grateful together. That’s likely because gratitude itself is a transformative act. 

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Early Holiday Shopping Gift Guide

November 11, 2021

Here's some gift-giving inspiration from eight of our favorite like-minded, women-owned brands making waves in the breast cancer and femme wellness world.

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In Her Words: Hil Moss

November 4, 2021

For Hil Moss, one of the most challenging aspects about having breast cancer has been the "after." Something so many of us don't think about or fully understand until we're there.

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Everviolet Chats: Nicole Seagriff, President of The Pink Agenda

October 14, 2021

We're shining light on an organization we love and trust – one that's really making a difference when it comes to breast cancer research and care. Read our latest Everviolet Chats with President of The Pink AgendaNicole Seagriff...

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The Healing Powers of Self-Compassion & Self-Care

October 5, 2021

We're kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by taking a moment to shine light on the healing powers of self-compassion and self-care in conjunction with the launch of Modicum's new Compassionate Care Line...

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Helpful Ways to Ease Stomach Bloat

September 21, 2021

A bloated belly now and then happens to everyone. But when we experience frequent bouts of gastrointestinal distress, whether we know the cause or not, pain and discomfort can really begin to build up. 

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Is Fall Cleaning the New Spring Cleaning?

September 8, 2021

Cooler temps, shorter days and crisp air have many of us eager to welcome the fall season into our lives. Whether we’re unabashedly pro-pumpkin spice or simply huge fans of fall foliage, ushering in a new season brings fresh energy and joy.

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In Her Words: Vanessa Steil

September 2, 2021

Thyroid cancer is the most common endocrine cancer and it’s one of the few cancers that has increased in incidence rates over recent years, ranging from children to seniors. That's why this September, Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month – a period for spreading education...

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How to Tell the Difference Between Lumps, Cysts & Tumors

August 26, 2021

Finding a lump on our body can be unsettling (to say the least!) – that awful moment of panic when our mind jumps to the worst possible scenario. For many of us in the Everviolet community...

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How to Be Kind to Ourselves

August 19, 2021

Being kind to others is in our nature. But being kind to ourselves can feel unnatural or uncomfortable, especially when it comes to our own inner dialogue. The challenge is to relearn how we speak to ourselves when we struggle. 

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Finding Balance Through Ayurveda

August 11, 2021

Thousands of years ago, before mainstream medicine recognized the connection between mind and...

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Parenting Through Breast Cancer

August 5, 2021

Parenting through breast cancer is never part of the plan. Thoughts like, "I didn’t sign up for this. How do I do this, raise my children, and be a good mom?" roll through our minds. But he reality, for so many parents, is cancer can disrupt our life plans at any given moment.

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Is Diet Really Linked to Depression?

July 29, 2021

Our guts are amazing. Charged with the task of breaking down the foods we eat and converting them into real, usable energy, it’s worth taking a minute to consider the role the gastrointestinal (GI) tract actually plays in our day-to-day lives. 

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Life After Treatment: Living with Lymphedema

July 14, 2021

A battle with cancer forces us to focus on the here and now. Medical decisions may happen fast. We go into “battle-mode.” And we deal with uncertainties as they come. 

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In Her Words: Casey Kang Head

July 8, 2021

At age 31, Casey Kang Head was diagnosed with a rare form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. After a long road of treatment involving immunotherapy, chemotherapy and participation in a clinical trial, Casey's cancer thankfully went into remission.

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Easing Side Effects: Acupuncture & Cancer Treatment

June 30, 2021

Within each and every one of us, there exists a life force that flows through our bodies. Religions often speak of the soul, spiritualists may refer to the prana and in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the qi or chi.

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Always Cold

June 24, 2021

Even on the warmest summer days I feel like I’m carrying around an ice pack on my chest. With implant reconstruction after mastectomy, there is too little fat left to insulate and keep breast implants at body temperature. 

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Everviolet Chats: Therese Clark, Lady Suite Founder & CEO

June 10, 2021

When it comes to female self-care, knowing how to truly take care of the area "down there" may not be something we're aware of, nor do many of us feel comfortable discussing it. 

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Honoring Cancer Survivors, Thrivers & Warriors

June 3, 2021

Throughout the course of our lives, most of us will be touched by cancer, either directly or indirectly. For those who face a diagnosis personally, surviving treatment and making it through recovery can make us more resilient and appreciative of life.

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Cancer-Related PTSD: The Trauma is Real

May 27, 2021

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so we’re turning our focus to an issue that plagues many of us who have faced breast cancer or other life-threatening experiences. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that consists of intense emotional and physical reactions following events perceived as terrifying by our body and mind.

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The Psychology of Lingerie

May 19, 2021

Looking comfortable and confident on the outside, while feeling feminine and sexy on the inside, is what wearing lingerie is all about. 

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Life After Pandemic: Adapting Back to Our (New) Normal Lives

May 12, 2021

Let’s try an experiment. Imagine that we all live underground, inside of a deep cave. It’s not a scary cave, but it is dark. The colors all fade to grey, and we have lost track of time. 

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Fertility Preservation: Young Women with Breast Cancer

May 6, 2021

Choosing the path of motherhood is a courageous and selfless act. For some of us, it is simply a calling. But for many young women, it is not so clear. 

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Everviolet Chats: Monica Behan, Modicum Skincare Owner & Creator

April 29, 2021

What we put into our bodies is just as important as what we put on them, and it was kismet when we were introduced to Monica Behan, owner and creator of Modicum, a plant-based, organically farmed skincare line. 

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Breathe Deep: The Healing Benefits of Pranayama

April 21, 2021

When we enter the world, our very first, triumphant act is to fill our lungs with air and cry out. And throughout the moments that make up our lives, it’s this same breath that sustains us.

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Vitamin D, The Super Nutrient

April 8, 2021

Most of us know that vitamin D is something we get from the sun, but why is this nutrient so essential, especially to women, and why are most of us lacking in it?

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Loving Our Body After Breast Cancer

April 1, 2021

Learning to love our body during and after breast cancer takes courage. It also takes kindness, compassion and time. It’s important to remember that there is only one of us, we are truly unique — that’s special! 

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Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods

March 25, 2021

Every time we open the fridge or scan a menu, we have a choice – to either select foods that help our bodies fight inflammation or pick ones that trigger an inflammatory response. In other words, foods that improve or hurt our overall wellness.

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Finding our Voice — Journaling Throughout Illness

March 18, 2021

As many of us have learned the hard way, our lives can change in an instant. One day we’re busy taking care of our families, managing work and school schedules and trying to stay focused on the next forty-eight hours. And then a terrifying diagnosis all but stops us in our tracks.

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Let's Discuss: BRCA1 & BRCA2

March 11, 2021

While there are many factors and genetic mutations that can increase our risk for cancer, we’re taking a moment to discuss and create some awareness around two of the most common breast and ovarian cancer genes – BRCA1 and BRCA2 (pronounced brak-uh). 

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How to Choose the Best Mastectomy Bra

March 4, 2021

One of the most perplexing (and often disheartening) moments following a mastectomy is when we realize that our bras and other undergarments that we wore before surgery no longer fit…

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How Cancer Changed Us – Wise Words from Our Community

February 24, 2021

Change is one of life’s only guarantees. It is something we all go through – sometimes happily, and often times, painfully and out of the blue. Many of us expend quite a bit of energy either making or avoiding change, yet ultimately, it catches up with us.

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5 Reasons to Become a Plant Lady This Year

February 18, 2021

We’ve heard them all: Green Thumb, Crazy Plant Lady, Garden Gremlin. For the horticulturists who live for their potted friends, there’s no shame. And why not? This year, after embracing the shelter-at-home life, we’re going all-in on and going green.

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In Her Words: Mikiala Spadaro

February 11, 2021

We are thrilled to share the incredibly brave and inspiring healing journey of Mikiala Spadaro whose perspective and wisdom gives us the chills (in a great way). A mother, wife, holistic health enthusiast and yoga teacher, she was diagnosed at 41 with the fastest proliferating and most aggressive form of breast cancer, HERS2+, finding a tumor the size of a small kiwi. 

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How to Schedule Our Healthcare in 2021

February 3, 2021

While Coronavirus cases appear to be decreasing across the country, according to experts, hospitals and medical institutions are still at their breaking point. On average, two out of every five Americans live near a hospital with an ICU that has run out of beds, according to the CDC.

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Staying Safe (and Positive) While Waiting for a COVID-19 Vaccine

January 28, 2021

It is a fresh new year, and first on our list of “things-we-really-can’t-wait-to-do” is to put the Coronavirus nightmare behind us. That, of course, is pure fantasy. Bad news first: The CDC has identified several new variants (mutations) of the virus that seem to be spreading faster and may lead to more cases of COVID-19. 

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21 Reasons to be Joyful in 2021

January 21, 2021

Welcome to the start of something new. We’ve got a lot riding on 2021. 

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How to Set Intentions, and Actually Keep Them!

January 7, 2021

With a new year, comes a new list of resolutions. We’re going to lose weight. Start a new skin regimen. Have a Dry January. Meditate more. Eat healthier. Make that doctor’s appointment. Pick up a new hobby. Sound familiar? But by the time February rolls around, nearly half of us have already dropped the ball, and our goals fall short. 

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Everviolet Chats: Erika Stallings, BRCA Advocate, Co-Founder of the Black&BRCA Project & Writer

December 16, 2020

Erika Stallings is making waves in the Black breast cancer community, spreading her first-hand experience as a BRCA2 carrier and extensive knowledge around racial health disparities impacting Black women.

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