Cancer Awareness Month - Have You Checked Your Boobies?

What Makes You Stronger: Real Talk About Breast Cancer

We want your true stories about your journey, the journey of a loved one or your secondhand experience as caregiver or medical professional. We want the anger, the despair, the “why me, God?” and the moment you realized, that despite the ravages to your body, the body of the loved one or the person in your professional care… you gained strength from the experience. Tell us about it, keep it real, nothing is taboo. The aim is to strengthen those who’ve just begun the journey, form a support community by mentorship, for those desiring it, prayer and daily inspirational thoughts, coping strategies for the pain, recipes that tempt the appetite and anything else that you wish to share.


All essays/stories should be nonfiction narratives, written in the first-person. Focus on one or a few selected moments; do not send rants or political speeches. Essays/Stories should be titled. Essays/Stories should be between 100 – 650 words and poems restricted to 40 lines. No funky fonts, please. Please include a brief bio (1-3 sentences) at the end of your submission and forward a headshot (neck and shoulders) to or

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, but work must be submitted by October 31, 2009 to be considered for the November issue. Submissions received after October 31, 2009 will be considered for the January 2010 issue. Writers chosen for the newsletter will be contacted by November 10, 2009 and notified via email when the newsletter is available.

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