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I Still Got Joy – Strength and Resilience After Breast Cancer

Michelle Chatman writes for Anthropology News this month in a piece called I Still Got Joy. This article and video encompass AN’s theme this month of Health, Happiness and Well Being by highlighting strength and resilience of black women who face breast cancer. Click here to read the entire piece and view the video. Below is an excerpt:

Black Women’s Strength and Resilience after Breast Cancer

The African American spiritual song, “I Still Got Joy,” sings of resilience in the face of challenges like breast cancer. Despite advancements in medical technology that have improved treatment and survivorship outcomes of cancer patients, African Americans still face a disproportionately high breast cancer mortality rate—almost 39% higher than that of white women, according to the American Cancer Society. The socioeconomic challenges associated with the lack of access to breast cancer care have been widely noted. Less understood however, are the psychosocial barriers that Black women face as they manage their breast cancer diagnosis and undergo treatment and seek out support. I led a study to help address this gap in our knowledge.

To read the entire article by Chatman, click here.

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  1. I’ve been an Army National Guard wife for three years. In many ways, it’s been a sheer adventure, filled with memorable times. Most times, it’s been an easy ride and if I had the chance to choose it again, I would. In embracing all of the blessings, there were some things that occurred that challenged me in my relationship with God. I faced an adversity in the early days of our marriage that forced me to change. I thought the commitment my husband made to be a soldier really didn’t affect my life too much at all. I believed all I had to do was support his military endeavors and be a great wife. “Piece of cake” I mused. After we married in September 2007, he was immediately sent orders to do a three year tour at LetterKenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, PA. He had to report in December just three months into our marriage. I was so excited that our early years together would take us to a new place and welcomed the move from Florida for a season. We left in November right after Thanksgiving and I was overjoyed to be back in a northern city, not far from New York where I’d grown up. Chambersburg is a picturesque town that was small, friendly and full of charming residents. We rented a three bedroom, three bathroom townhouse and furnished it modestly. In just one month after our move, I landed a job working as a contractor at LetterKenny Depot. I would see my husband around the base during the day. How cool is that for a newlywed! I thought I was set for the next three years blessed with a new city, a new marriage and a new job. I was over the moon with joy.
    thanks again! :)

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