Top Stories of 2016

Now that it's the end of the year, we're looking back at the stories and articles that made us think, inspired us, and moved us to action. From a guide to the chemo experience from a breast surgeon with cancer, to the reason why ovarian cancer is often overlooked, to a graphic novelist's memoir about life with metastatic breast cancer, we've been able to feature a wide variety of perspectives and interesting stories that resonated with you on social media.

Some of these stories became extremely popular-- sometimes because they contained critical health information-- so we thought we'd gather our most-shared links in one place. Without further ado, here are the top 5 stories we posted on social media in 2016.

Number 5: "2 Important Ovarian Cancer Symptoms That Shouldn't Be Ignored"

Brittany Burns, 26 year old fiance of Buffalo Bills player Tony Steward, passed away from ovarian cancer in 2016. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in women but has vague symptoms, and this article highlights the two most prominent. 


via Glamour

Number 4: "Jo: Lat-Flap Reconstruction"

British blogger and founder of ABCD (After Breast Cancer Diagnosis) Jo Taylor wrote about her experience having lat-flap reconstruction. She was largely happy with the outcome-- but shares a few caveats to watch out for. 


Number 3: "Nora McInerny Purmort on How to Answer ‘How’s it Going?’ Honestly"

Minnesota-based author Nora McInerny Purmort, who underwent tremendous loss herself, explains why it's important to tell people the truth when they ask how you're feeling: it's the only way to let people know how to treat you when you're hurting. 


via The Globe and Mail

Number 2:  "What Not to Do When a Friend Has Cancer"

Three SHARE peers gave these tips on a segment on TODAY that aired in October 2014, but they're still true today. 

What Not to do When a Friend has Cancer

Number 1: "Holding Our Own: Our Lives with Metastatic Breast Cancer" 

Our top social media post of 2016 was a link to our video collection "Holding Our Own," which featured six women with metastatic breast cancer. They shared their stories of diagnosis, how they make treatment decisions, where they found support, and why it's important to participate in clinical trials.