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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

Patience is the Cancer Survivor's Best Virtue

Here’s how embracing patience this year can help you have a more positive attitude as a cancer survivor.

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Risk Factors

Lower Breast Cancer Risk With High Cholesterol?

In a surprising twist, women with high cholesterol are 45 percent less likely to develop breast cancer, according to this study. What does this mean?

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Gluten Free

Allergy-Friendly Dark Chocolate Brownies

If someone you love lives with a food allergy, try this recipe for delicious dark chocolate brownie hearts that is gluten- and dairy-free.

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Gluten Free

Gluten-Free Almond Sugar Cookies

If you've been missing classic sugar cookies since going gluten-free, try this delicious gluten-free version of almond sugar cookies.

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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.