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I'm Taking Charge

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Health

Mission: to empower every woman to take back the things breast cancer stole from her: her sense of choice over her body, her comfort in her own skin, and her ownership of her post-cancer body

Results: >8k visits a month -- 24k followers on Facebook and 5k on Instagram -- Awards: "Best Breast Cancer Blog" in 2018 by Healthline, “Top Cancer Blog” by I Had Cancer, “Inspirational Blog” by Navigating Cancer, "Digital Health Award," Top 50 Breast Cancer Blog by Feedspot -- Demographic Information: Primarily American females: 50% between the ages of 35-54 years old, 15% in the 25-34 age group and 17% in the 55-64 age group

Target demographics: Women facing breast cancer (through a diagnosis or as a previvor)

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 55k women and their loved ones

Geographic areas served: Online

Programs: An informational and supportive articles on website, podcasts, videos, and social media presence, all providing information and tools to thrive after a breast cancer diagnosis

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Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Living in a small community it's hard to get a lot of information. This site was given to me by a friend. During lunch, myself and several girlfriends looked it over. Through fact checking, we found it to very reliable and not self serving. The site gave several options, not just one. It provided help from start to finish. It was written in layman terms, which we all appreciated. We also liked the support system that the site provided. Overall, is one of the best sites we have seen for information, support and guidance.

Comments ( 1 )

ImTakingCharge Thank you so much for this review, JulieMontes! Every time we hear that I'm Taking Charge is getting information to more women, it encourages to keep up the work.

1 Clara J. C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became aware of I'm Taking Charge when a friend of mine started working on their podcast, The Breast Podcast, and I shared it with my mother who is a breast cancer survivor. We listened to a couple episodes of the podcast and she had a read through the website and despite the fact that shes the last person on earth you'd think would read websites and listen to podcasts, she ended up asking me to download several episodes onto her phone. If it gets a win from my mom it gets a win from me! :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m Taking Charge is an invaluable resource for women who are facing or have faced breast cancer. The website, podcast, and Facebook group offer a frank, no-holds-barred place for women to discuss the issues they have dealt with as well as to share, plan, commiserate, and support one another. When I first started working with I’m Taking Charge I understood a lot less about the specific struggles of breast cancer, despite having family members who have dealt with the disease. Their staff are knowledgeable, empathetic, and above all willing to help and educate anyone who needs it.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is so inspiring to see women coming together to support each other in this hellish reality. Very informative site.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have found this site very informative on Breast cancer, what can be expected and most of all hope. Thank you.

1 Denise Darnold G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

So many in my family have passed away due to cancer. I'm Taking Charge would have better helped my family members cope with the illness and various treatment options. I am proud to be a part of this organization and support it's efforts!

1 Vickilucas45

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an awesome website... "I'm Taking Charge". Not only have I found this site informative and backed by valid resources but it has also provided me with ideas pertaining to the different types of treatments available, how to lower stress levels, improve my diet and even questions to ask a doctor...questions I would have never thought of yet made a difference in my cancer journey. For example….. Can I consider reconstruction even with a lumpectomy!
Not only has I'm Taking Charges been a benefit to me in my person decisions concerning breast cancer treatment but it has also been a perfect forum for me to share my story and ideas for others. I have participated in a couple of different forums and not only felt like I had something to contribute but found it easier to face my own diagnosis, treatment and recovery by helping others.
Thanks for this dynamic and successful site in reaching out to those of us who find ourselves facing many decisions and dilemmas of a breast cancer. I'm Taking Charge has been a helping friend along the cancer journey.

2 s.dodson

Donor

Rating: 5

As the sponsoring company for I’m Taking Charge, we are delighted at the comprehensiveness and quality of the blog and what it means to women who are going through their breast cancer journey. It is incredible that so many women are not told of their reconstruction options when the Women’s Healthcare Act of 1998 guarantees that women who are positively diagnosed with breast cancer must have their reconstruction covered by their private insurance or Medicare.



The group at I’m Taking Charge has dedicated themselves towards insuring that women or their advocates who are seeking information about the various options available to women, have a repository of information and data available to them so that they can make an informed choice about which option might be the best choice for them.

We are encouraged at their progress and look forward to continuing our support of this incredible resource for women.

Sincerely,

Scott Dodson
President and CEO
AirXpanders, Inc.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As someone "new" to this cancer information pouring at you from all angles, coming across this site was rather refreshing. Sitting at home having my own pity party, I sat down and perused the site. It is easy to navigate. I enjoyed reading the women's stories; especially about reconstruction. It gave stories from women of different ages, tips and did not seem to be biased in any way. I also stumbled upon their pod casts. They were actually nice to listen to, informative and not boring! At the end of listening to Vicky's story, my pity party was over. I would recommend this site for patients at any age or just someone who needs information.

3 janderson24

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’m Taking Charge offers a sense of community, advanced information, and inspiring stories. They can offer you whatever it is you may need in a way that isn’t overwhelming. Whether it’s encouragement or information regarding a new reconstruction option, they have something to offer you regardless of where you are in your journey.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My mother passed away from cancer. I have seven sisters and discovered this site at a conference. I know that my sister who is an R.N. at an Oncology center constantly tells her patients about this wonderful place for information and resources. Her patients really liked reading other peoples stories and the non biased information. I would encourage anyone with questions to talk to their doctors, friends and consult this site.

2 Terri C.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm Taking Charge is charging ahead to provide support and valuable information to breast reconstruction patients. The expert advice combined with the lived experience of patients assist in the process and care so many women seek during their breast reconstruction process. They convey compassion and care.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helpful and easy to navigate. My 60 year old neighbor was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. We found this site and it helped reassure her and gave her avenues to pursue while providing her with information to ask questions of her doctors and make informed decisions.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I use this site all the time for friends. I constantly share this site because it has so much information for those faced with breast cancer. I have found the information to be very reliable and informative. I have spoken with numerous women who love the community support along with numerous options for treatment, including reconstruction. This is an unbiased site with nothing but good information and resources. V. Simpson

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ImTakingCharge 10/12/2017

We are absolutely thrilled that we are able to be a resource to your friends, vsimpson3!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm Taking Charge allows women who have had or are currently experiencing breast cancer to not only share their stories, but to receive support and encouragement from one another as well! The organization exists to meet the needs of breast cancer paitents by providing resources and support throughout their journey!