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Ilene Kaminski

Ilene loved writing, drawing, jewelry making, music, and all things vintage and antique. Reading and learning and laughing and singing and dancing and hiking and just meditating. A little gentle yoga and hikes in the Sierra foothills of California certainly keep things interesting. Equally as important she enjoyed guest blogging and writing for publications. Her cancerversary was on March 25th – diagnosed de novo – from the beginning – with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. I have lived 7 years beating the savage average mortality of 2-3 years. Ilene was forced into retirement at the age of 49 and started her blog, the Cancer Bus and a small Etsy business as well as completing healing circle training through Healing Circles Global. Ilene was a member of the metastatic breast cancer community and especially active on Twitter @ilenealizah. She was also a friend, sister, wife, stepmom, and cat mom to Simon.

Hear Ilene on our Podcast Breast Cancer Conversations

I was Told I Had 3 Months to Live

What Inspires You To Write?

Pink Culture. Bridging the Gap Between Stage 0-4

Why "How Are You?" is such a Weighted Question

Breast Cancer Poetry

Read Ilene's Poetry

Live With Your Questions

It's Another Thing Now

The Last Poet Standing

Insomniac Stage IV

Read Ilene's Content on our SBC Blog

The Healing Circle Framework

Healing Circles and Breast Cancer

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All Stages

Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. ET



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Metastatic Breast Cancer

First and third Thursdays

of the month at 7:00 p.m. ET



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Second Thursday

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Tuesday Night Thrivers

Después de un Diagnóstico:

Spanish support group

2do y Cuarto Martes de cada mes 

7:00 p.m. ET


Art Therapy

October 2 6:00 p.m. ET


Yoga Stretching for DIEP flap

October 3 6:00 p.m. ET


Yoga with

Chair assist 

October 10, 11:30 a.m. ET


Writing Workshop:

Reflect and Recharge

October 16, 6:00 p.m. ET


Restorative Yoga:

Fall into Meditation

October 17  6:40 p.m. ET


Qi Gong 

October 24, 11:30 a.m. ET


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November 5, 11:00 a.m. ET


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Surviving Breast Cancer provides breast cancer support, events, and webinars at no cost to you! Whether you are looking to gain more knowledge on a particular topic or meet up with other breast cancer survivors, we have something for everyone. 


Our standing appointment on Thursdays is for all stages. We also host specific breakout groups once a month for specific stages and subtypes such as Metastatic breast cancer, and Inflammatory Breast Cancer, etc. 


The Book Club meets the first Sunday of every month at 11 am ET. You are welcome to join each month or pick and choose your month based on your availability and the book we are reading. 


Through art, writing, and other creative modalities, we hold the power to manage our stress, make sense of our now, and relax into moments of stillness. 


Free, monthly, online classes in restorative yoga, yoga for breast cancer, and Zumba. 


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