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By Rachel Pappas, Freelance Writer
Hope can keep you going when you’ve got a life-threatening illness. That’s why the idea of participating in a clinical trial on a potentially promising new cancer drug appealed to me.
But it scared me too. With any study, there are unknowns and risks. “What do you think of the study”? I asked my oncologist when she told me about the project. “I think it’s a good opportunity to possibly advance medicine. I want to see breast cancer cured.”.
If this treatment, lxibepilone, ends up making a huge difference, it could be the first medical breakthrough in over a decade for the disease I had – Triple Negative Breast Cancer – a very aggressive disease with a high risk for re-occurrence.
My oncologist’s sister is in a similar trial for the same illness. That scored big with me – along with her true belief that the study drug is, at the least, as good as the conventional therapy. I signed the trial consent form on the spot, hearing all that I needed (or maybe wanted) to know.
From the National Non-Profit Project Pink Comes a Story of Love, Liberation and Laughter:
The Breast Cancer Diaries
For ten years, Ann Murray Paige covered the news, but for the biggest story of her life she turned the camera on herself. When Ann, a former local news reporter and anchor is diagnosed with breast cancer at age 38, she sets up a diary camera in her bedroom.
Our Featured Guest Writer Today is Laurie Andreoni, President, Waking Dream Designs
Alopecia, or hair loss, is a chemotherapy side effect that many of us fear more than any other aspect of treatment. With no hair and the high stress of cancer treatment how can you maintain confidence?
After losing my hair from chemotherapy for breast cancer, I panicked when my skin became too sensitive for wigs. A scarf tied behind my head reminded me of dusting cobwebs. I wanted something comfortable and poufy so I wouldn’t look as lousy as I felt.
This became a mission of creating something beautiful out of this chapter of my life. I learned to wrap big scarves, and the style was so unique that it drew compliments even from strangers. Since it was difficult to imitate, I snipped fabrics into a new pattern, produced short runs with a sewing contractor, and Titillating Turbans were born! (more…)
I’ve had the pleasure to read and review the book “Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir” by Karen Ingalls. I am very impressed with Karen’s personal story, attention to detail and inspiration for others battling cancer. Karen expresses “this book is the result of my increased awareness that there is a great need for more information about ovarian cancer. Our mortality rate is 70%, compared to 15 % for breast cancer. A woman needs to know about the whispering symptoms of ovarian cancer and be encouraged to be her own advocate.”
I was just reading in a magazine about Robin Roberts, her friendship with Diane Sawyer and how Robin’s breast cancer changed their relationship. It was brave of Robin to share her experience with ABC Good Morning America Viewers. She’s recovering, optimistic and worked through her chemo. I love what she said about how her friends were part of the “cure.”
It reminds me of a dear friend, Kim, who would invite friends to her “chemo dates.” She wanted to be entertained, or distracted or just have someone with her if she was tired. She was always quick with a smile and liked to share her friends with other women who were there alone. (more…)
Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Rachel Pappas, Freelance Writer
When I got cancer, I thought “Eat chicken.” It’s low-fat. Little did I know, studies show any kind of meat is high in arachidonic acid – the stuff that cancer cells feed off of. I’ve since delved further into the books, and learned some more on cancer and nutrition. Of course, how far you want to go, how much you want to change your diet, is up to you. But I was surprised at how many foods research books are good for fighting cancer – how many of them that I actually like. Here’s some of what I’ve learned on what’s good, what’s not, and why….
“She’s Positive. She’s Positive Not”
Waiting for the Answer by Rachel Pappas
A few weeks later came her call. My mother had breast cancer too. Her bad news had me petrified that I was positive for the BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene mutation that almost guarantees you will get breast or ovarian cancer. What if I passed this gene to my daughter and she ended up with the same fate as my mother and myself? (more…)
We’re delighted that DJ DeProspero, a woman who’s just completed chemo and radiation for Anal Cancer, felt comfortable sharing her experience with our readers. She’s an inspiring person for so many reasons including her sense of adventure and her amazing kindness.
And Now For Her Story That She is Willing to Share