“Breast cancer survivor group is a social movement.” By Liz Szabo, USA Today

Twitter, perhaps best known lately as a source of Big Bird jokes, might not seem like the first place to look for a breast cancer support group, a boot camp in medical research or the seeds of a social movement. Yet a weekly Twitter chat on breast cancer, launched just over year ago, has blossomed into all those things and more, participants say. The online chat, known as BCSM — or breast cancer social media — has a growing following of men and women looking to share war stories, empower patients and change the national conversation on breast cancer. Co-founder and breast cancer survivor Jody Schoger, 58, and her fellow organizers — who became friends online months before ever meeting face to face — each bring unique talents. Schoger is a writer with a background in public relations. Co-founder Alicia Staley, 41, is a three-time cancer survivor from Boston, as well as an information technology analyst and online community manager. The third member of the team, California breast surgeon Deanna Attai, joined BCSM during its second chat and quickly became a co-moderator.

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