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PJ Hamel

Patient Expert

PJ Hamel is senior digital content editor and food writer at King Arthur Flour, and a James Beard award-winning author. A 16-year breast cancer survivor, her passion is helping women through this devastating disease. She manages a large and active online survivor support network based at her local hospital and shares her wisdom and experience with the greater community via HealthCentral.com.

Latest by PJ Hamel

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Living With

Reduce Metastatic Breast Cancer Stress

Your body needs treatment, but so do your heart and mind. Here are some ways to regain (and maintain) emotional equilibrium despite the stress.

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Treatment

Stay Organized with Metastatic Breast Cancer

After a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis, keeping your life organized can help. Here are tips for handling your medical paperwork.

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Complete Guide to Breast Cancer Symptoms

Worried about breast cancer? This guide will help you find all the information you need about potential symptoms and when to see a doctor.

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Complications

Health Problems in Breast Cancer Survivors

You should feel great about making it through your breast cancer treatments, but as a survivor you'll also have to stay on guard for these other conditions.

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Nutrition

Pleasure Without Guilt: Banana Bliss Soft-Serve

Even if you're following non-dairy, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, or no-added-sugar diets, you'll enjoy this smooth, creamy ice cream made with bananas.

Three Recipes: Spicy roasted chickpeas, 10-minute salmon, and dairy-free chocolate ice cream.
Recipe/Cooking

3 Healthy Recipes Every Woman Should Try

We all want to eat healthier — but who has the time? Enjoy these fast, easy, and delicious recipes.

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Autumn

5 Fabulous Fiber-Rich Fall Foods

Fiber helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar, and is key to good digestion. Yet most Americans get far from the recomended daily amount.

Worried senior woman.
Diagnosis

Breast Cancer Recurrence: Where Do You Stand?

Some breast cancer survivors can put fears of recurrence out of their minds, while others think about it every day. Which kind are you?

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Parenting

Moms With Breast Cancer: 10 Ways to Deal

As a mother, battling breast cancer is an overwhelming experience. Your very worst fear – deserting your children – becomes an all-too-real possibility.

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Living With

Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis

A lung cancer diagnosis can be one of the hardest things you’ll ever deal with. Here’s how to take control.