I found the aggressive cancerous growth in my breast while doing my own self breast-exam. Every month, for years, standing in the shower, or laying down during my evening bath, I would follow the guidelines below for doing a good, self breast-exam. I’ve done this exam about once a month since I was in my […]
I am a breast cancer survivor. I’m also a BRCA 1 mutation carrier, meaning my parents gave me life, along with a gene that puts me at very high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. There are other genes that increase a person’s risk for these cancers. There are genes that put people at risk […]
Did you know that’s it’s National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week? As a breast cancer survivor, this is an important time for me… not only to celebrate my life, but also to build awareness for breast and ovarian cancer. Back in 2010, FORCE, or Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, passed a Congressional resolution […]
Honoring National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week National HBOC Week starts on 9/30/18, and every woman with the BRCA mutation has a different story. The stories are epic, heart wrenches. Most have mothers, sisters, aunts, and grandmothers who died from cancer too young. Most have lived life under the fear of a Cancer Cloud, […]
This month, I’ve officially made the five-year survival mark at being cancer-free. I had really bad cancer, so living just five years is all I had to do to get pronounced “cured” by my doctors. That’s because the breast cancer I had was so bad and fast-growing that my doctors said, “if it hasn’t come […]
Mutation carriers can choose to have surgery to remove the breasts, ovaries, and tubes before cancer occurs. Angelina Jolie chose to have those surgeries.
My Personal Story on Breast Cancer Awareness I am a breast cancer survivor in the middle of the five-year, “wait and watch” nail-biter to see if I am cured. The cancer I had was aggressive. It was the high-grade, triple negative type that got looks of sympathy and sighs of relief from the other women […]
Breast lumps and false alarms are not new for me. I have had many lumps, bumps and cysts biopsied over the years. This little pea was definitely something different.
The National Cancer Institute say medicinal mushrooms have been used in many countries (mostly Asia) to treat cancer and infections for hundreds of years. For 30 years, mushrooms have been part of standard cancer treatment in Japan and China, either alone or with chemo!
When my oncologist told me I needed a chemo port as part of cancer treatment, I was in shock. Port placement was the first procedure followed by many surgeries, and 4 months of hardcore chemo. I wasn’t sure I was going to survive the cancer. But if I did, I sure did not want an ugly horizontal scar to remind me of cancer forever.