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November 29, 2017

Has it really been 3 years? Indeed, my chemoversary was this past November 24th. I would have never thought that dates as such would be so meaningful to me, but they are. They feel like small accomplishments. Tiny baby steps towards a better me.  Though at the time, I did not feel quite healthy, as chemo DOES attack cancer cells, but it also attacks the healthy ones.

Throughout the chemo regimen I went through, 4 AC and 12 Taxo...

October 25, 2017

Waste is a global problem. Everyday we fill our earth with waste and the landfills are becoming wider, larger and taller. Per capita waste generation is 0.16 to 5.7 kg per person per day, and has an average of 1.1 kg/capita/day. The OECD countries generate 572 million tonnes of solid waste per year. The per capita values range from 1.1 to 3.7 kg per person per day with an average of 2.2 kg/capita/day. Soon there will be no spa...

October 23, 2017

Since being diagnosed, I have been amazingly fortunate to meet amazing ladies who had, were and still are going through their own journeys. I knew cancer could affect anyone, any year, any type of person, but I was very much unaware how many young people there actually were. Today as i was scrolling through facebook, I came across this amazing video. It not only touched me, but I so associated with it.

Through the years, I saw...

October 11, 2017

I asked one of my best breast friend to tell exactly as is, her story about how she found out she was stage IV. Many people do not understand the different cancer stages, others see stage IV right away as a death sentence, but it is not always the case. 

"My life changed in so many ways on Oct 21, 2014. On that day I got the phone call that I had breast cancer. I was not very surprised. I found the lump myself several weeks bef...

October 9, 2017

No one has the answer or we would all be amazingly healthy, but there is some research to help prevent or at least reduce the risk for such.

I have always had an interest in nutrition as well as physical activity. My downfall has been the mindfulness and time for oneself so I will start with that, as I believe we women, and moms in general tend to forget about ourselves, or at least put us in the back burner. How can we help ou...

October 8, 2017

Can we fully prevent cancer or any other illness? The simple answer is no. But there is a lot we can do to minimize our chances. We also tend to be simplistic thinking that eating the right foods and being physically active is the answer.

Though those are great starters, we are not looking at the whole picture. Own health is so much more than what we place in your mouth or the amount of minutes we exercise. It is about our WHOL...

October 7, 2017

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Well, I certainly thought so. My Mother had gone through it, so had her sister, my Aunt.

When I was diagnosed and the doctor told me I was TNBC, I was totally clueless at what he meant. You mean to tell me that there are more than one type of breast cancer? Indeed.

I will try here to e...

October 6, 2017

  • Will you do a sentinel node biopsy? During surgery?

  • Will I need to have more lymph nodes removed? How will that decision be made?

  • If my sentinel lymph nodes are positive, will I need an axillary dissection?

  • Can I have a lumpectomy (breast-conserving surgery) plus radiation therapy?

  • Will chemotherapy, targeted therapy and/or hormone therapy before surgery improve my chances of being able to have a lumpec...

October 5, 2017

During this month you will most likely be bombarded by breast cancer information. More often though, marketing does NOT show you the true colors of breast cancer. Sometimes I come across an article or a facebook page that outlines just that. What the true colors are. 

I came across this one today and right away fell in love with the page, the photos and even more so the cause. Taken directly from this photographer's page:

"Grace...

October 4, 2017

  • What type of cancer do I have?

    • Invasive or in situ (contained within the duct or lobule)

    • Local/regional/distant

    • Positive for estrogen receptor (ER+), progesterone receptor (PR+) or HER2 (positive for a protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2)?

    • Or am I considered Triple Negative (breast cancer that does not test positive for any of the above receptors)?

    • Inflammatory (d...

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