Barbara Jacoby

Let Life Happen Founder

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Barbara Jacoby is an award winning blogger that has contributed her two time breast cancer journey, patient advocacy mission and domestic abuse experience to multiple online publications and organizations that have touched readers worldwide. Her high quality, high content and high energy writings are delivered in a down to earth and humble style that everyone remembers. While becoming an ambassador for Survivors and Patient’s Rights, Jacoby also shared her skills with the Walt Disney Company for over 20 years.  As an extra curricular activity there, she implemented an internal gratitude program that acknowledged fellow employees for their “going the extra mile” assistance to another fellow employee. Top level executives caught wind of her team building program and soon she was recognized within the company for her achievements.

Awards and Honors

  •  (Top 10) Top 60 Breast Cancer Blogs, Websites & Influencers in 2022
  • WEGO Health: Patient Expert –  2017 thru 2022
  • CureClick: Ambassador – medical research advocacy – 2018 thru 2022
  • Rare Patient Voice:  Partner – 2019 thru 2022
  • Savvybassador: – Savvy Cooperative patient engagement platform – 2018 thru 2022
  • Breast Advocate App: Patient Advocacy Partner – 2019 thru 2022
  • DiepCfoundation: Advisory Board – 2016 thru 2022
  • Top Breast Cancer Blog – 2012 thru 2020
  • Health Care Social Media: Social Spotlight – 2020
  • Infinity Blog Awards: Founder’s Humanitarian Award – Recipient – 2019
  • Infinity Blog Awards: Health and Fitness – Finalist – 2019
  • Best Breast Cancer Blog – 2019
  • Intergrative Therapies Practitioner – 2019
  • WEGO Health Awards: Finalist – Best in Show: Blog- 2019
  • Pharmaceutical Technology: Oncology: Top Ten Leading Influencers – 2019
  • Patient Support Community: Super Contributor – 2019
  • WEGO Health: Top 10 Lifetime Achievement Patient Leaders – 2018
  • Breast Advocate App: Advisory Board – 2017 thru 2018
  • National Cancer Institute: Promotional Partner – Patient Summits – 2017 thru 2018
  • Top Breast Cancer Blog – 2017
  • Feedspot: Top 50 Breast Cancer Blogs – 2017
  • Novartis: Advanced Breast Cancer Patient Blogger and Online Expert – 2016
  • A Top U.S. Cancer Blog – 2016
  • Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine: Breast Cancer Blogger Of The Year – 2015
  • Novartis: Advanced Breast Cancer Patient Blogger Advisory Board – 2014 thru 2015
  • Susan G. Komen: Premier VIP Blogger – 2015
  • Project Fit America: Special Consultant – 2015
  • The Breast Cancer Site: Top Breast Cancer Blog – 2014
  • Susan G. Komen: Premier VIP Blogger – 2014
  • Project Fit America special Social Media Ambassador – 2014
  • Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine Inaugural Top 10 Blogger – 2013
  • Genentech Patient Opinion Leader Advisory Board Member – 2012
  • Freshetta Pizza’s “Strength Of One” fight Breast Cancer campaign grant winner – 2012
  • Recognition – 2012
  • Disney VoluntEARS grant winner – annually 2004 thru 2015
  • Inaugural honoree for their SDN Spotlight Series which recognizes the most inspiring men and women on the web – 2012

Contributing Writer

Barbara was born and raised in Williamsport, PA (Home of Little League Baseball). Upon graduating from Lycoming College, Barbara taught High School Spanish and French.  Barbara now resides in Los Angeles with her husband.


    1. Thank you for your request but I do not send out any daily emails. All of my blogs and “In the News” segments are posted to my website and then shared out on the various social media platforms. All other info that I share is sent directly from social media since there is way too much very valuable material to be able to house it on the website.

  1. Hello!

    For more than two decades, readers have relied on Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book to guide them through the overwhelming thicket of research and opinion in order to find the best possible options for their particular situations.
    The fully revised and updated sixth edition continues to provide invaluable guidance. Some of the new topics covered in the 6th edition:
    • How the long-term effects of chemo, radiation, and other treatments can be prevented or lessened
    • How younger survivors can maintain their fertility post-treatment
    • The various genetic tests available to pinpoint the exact type of breast cancer and tailor treatments to it
    • Studies revealing new links to diet, exercise, and environmental exposures
    • Research on whether there is a viral or bacterial connection to breast cancer
    • The questions patients can ask or the results that they might expect from new techniques like 3D mammography, whole breast ultrasound, and MRI’s

    Dr. Susan Love is a clinical professor of surgery at UCLA and president of the Susan Love MD Breast Cancer Foundation. With her warm support, readers can sort the facts from the fads, ask the right questions, and recognize when a second opinion might be wise.

    Once again, the “Bible for women with breast cancer.” – New York Times

    As a prominent blogger within the breast cancer community, we would value your help in any of the following ways: reviewing Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book on your website or blog, posting the book cover on your website, and/or spreading the word via social media. Please let me know if I can help in any way.


    1. Thank you so much for your inquiry, John. I wanted to let you know that I am no longer writing for as my contract with them was up at the end of April. However, all of my work whether it is the weekly blog, the daily “In the News” featured item, the daily stream of other news-worthy articles and my syndicated posts on The Huffington Post are always shared out through social media from my Let Life Happen and When Breast Cancer Happens sites through Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn and Google+ so if we are connected there, you will receive the notifications. Again, thank you so much for contacting me. I truly appreciate your interest in the work that I am doing.

  3. Barbara,

    I love to discover strong health care advocates…particularly ones that write as well as you do!

    I’m writing to ask a favor: my wife, who is a radiation oncologist and breast cancer survivor, and I have a new book that is receiving very strong endorsements. We would be incredibly grateful if you could mention it in your blog. Here are a few of the comments we’ve received so far:

    Daniel P. McKellar, MD, FACS, Chair, Commission on Cancer, stated: If you are a cancer patient, caregiver, or a cancer care provider, this is one book you must read! This is an excellent, comprehensive discussion of the journey a cancer patient takes once they hear “It’s Cancer”.

    Julie M. Vose, M.D., President of ASCO: This book is a very complete and updated guide to the complex world of cancer diagnosis, care, and treatment. It will be helpful to many patients and families who are looking for additional information to supplement that provided by the healthcare system.

    Richard Carmona, MD, MPH,FACS, 17th Surgeon General of The United States, stated: John and Lori Leifer have provided an insightful and compassionate navigation path from diagnosis to closure after you hear it’s cancer. Take the journey with them, it’s well worth it.

    Ira Byock, MD, director of the Providence Institute for Human Caring; author of Dying Well and The Best Care Possible, stated: This hopeful, empowering book is worth giving to every person diagnosed with cancer.

    My wife, and I wrote this book with one goal in mind — helping to ease the burden of what is often a very arduous journey for cancer patients and their families.

    I would be happy to send you a digital press kit if it would be helpful. Lori and I would truly be grateful for your help.

    Many thanks,

    PS: You can read the intro to our book (including a bit about my wife’s experience with breast cancer at: You might also find my earlier book of interest: The Myths of Modern Medicine: The Alarming Truth About American Health Care.

  4. Barbara – Better late than never, I suppose. Many, many months ago, you requested to be my friend on MySpace. I am seldom on that site, and after many months thought I would check in. You will not remember me, I’m sure, having crossed the paths of so many people since your request. I founded a 501(c)(3) to assist people battling a short-term illness. I also provide support services in the Library portion of our website. I say short-term, because unless you have purchased a specific policy or fortunate enough for an employer to provide one for you, short term disability is not available. Long term disability falls under our Social Security SSI program and once accepted, a person can usually find some assistance through them. The Ribbon Mosaic was set up to assist people with small grants to get through the time periods of surgery and treatments where people cannot work and fall behind on their bills. We are not yet up to the ability to provide such grants. But we are promoting awareness to the human element during a battle, to bring recognition to those who do not have the luxury of waiting for research to produce a cure. These are the people that fall through the cracks. We do not focus on a disease, but the human being regardless of the disease. Our website is growing, we are working on recognition for our organization and trying to establish credibility and validity. All hard work and endless piles of paperwork.

    We were asked to partner with Missing Puzzle Piece in Phoenix, AZ for a Halloween event this month. The proceeds of this event will benefit three women in the Phoenix area who are battling cancer. These women are struggling financially, and we are glad to help however we can.

    Both The Ribbon Mosaic and Missing Puzzle Piece focus on the human being – the Missing Puzzle Piece being inclusive to women with cancer, and The Ribbon Mosaic being all inclusive to any disease or gender. We are not about research for a cure but helping in the here and now. The Ribbon Mosaic comprises all the colors of awareness ribbons assigned to every disease – thus, Ribbon Mosaic. Both The Ribbon Mosaic and Missing Puzzle Piece strive to “keep the pieces together.”

    Did not mean for this to turn into an advertisement for either group. Reminding you who you contacted and the reason you were interested in the first place. Your website is great. So glad you are sharing and reaching out to so many. Need many more like you. Great job.

    Angie Brechtel
    The Ribbon Mosaic

    1. Thank you so very much for contacting me and sharing the information about the wonderful work that you are doing. I know that there are a couple of my “friends” who may very well need the type of assistance that you provide and now they have an opportunity to contact you through your post. I am honored to be able to share it here. I will continue to follow you as you continue to grow and expand your work and know that what you are doing is appreciated so much more than you will ever know. Thank you so much for your comments about my website and my efforts to reach out to others. It just reminds me that we are all in this together and doing the best that we can in our own way.

  5. picture or not, the thought of helping by trial and experience is lovely. when i commented on on your profile pic. i didn’t tell you what it said to me… there are two trees in the clearing, but what lies ahead is visible through a fog. the most important fact is… you are not alone, and with companionship and support, the future is in sight. as long as you have a support system, anything is within reach.


  6. Hello there…
    I wish you healing moments through this website :)))

    PS: it would speak more directly to people…if you include
    photos of yourself in this site…or have a link to another site with your photos 🙂


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