Cancer – Breast Cancer – Me…?

Your test results came back positive, you have Breast Cancer. These are the words that make your heart sink and your life flash before your eyes. And, the words I heard back in 2009 at 39 years of age. I had only been married two (2) years when I found this out and one of the things that I first thought of (other than my life flashing before my eyes) was how is Rob, my husband going to respond? I had dated someone once who told me he be broke up with an ex at one point because she got sick and he was not the person to be with another who was seriously ill. So, I had to call Rob and tell him my doctor told me I had Breast Cancer with that in my mind. At the time I was going to call him and tell him I had already made up my mind I was strong and can do this myself if he left me because I got sick. I was determined not to be bothered by him leaving (if he was going to) because I had enough to take care of now. At the end of that day, he stayed – literally by my bedside and at times would sit behind me in bed while I rested up against him so I could sleep.

Look ma – no hair!

I say all this to tell you that yes, I did my mammograms at that time (medically necessary for me at an early age) but it did not matter. My Breast Cancer was only found because my OBGYN thought I should get it done early. When I went for the mammogram there were lots of spaghetti/stringy images inside that gave off no lump or sign – only this image gave it away. Thank goodness for my OBGYN because had she not talked me into getting a mammogram done early my stage would have been a lot worse. At this point in time, it was determined to be a Stage 2 Triple Negative Invasive Ductal Carcinoma – not good news. It was very serious and on the move so something had to be done immediately. I went on to start within a couple of weeks to have many surgeries (including a double mastectomy) and chemotherapy. You heard me – chemotherapy. And what’s the one thing we think of when you hear “chemotherapy” = hair loss. When I started my chemotherapy Rob and I shaved my head – he shaved his too. I made the choice to take my long curly dark hair myself. I was not going to give Cancer the joy of taking my hair – I was going to take it on my own terms. I am now 10 years out and couldn’t be happier.

Back in 2009-2010, the research for Breast Cancer was slow going especially when you think of how far we’ve come. In today’s time, 2021, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at https://www.bcrf.org/ and https://www.bcrf.org/progress states as to the below in regards to origins, genetics, and lifestyle:

“We have discovered that breast cancer is not one but many diseases.

It was BCRF researchers who found that breast cancer is, in fact, several diseases, each of which develops, progresses and responds to therapies differently. Our scientists are now learning that the major subtypes—Luminal A, Luminal B, HERand 2-positive and triple-negative—can be further classified into sub-categories with distinct patterns of progression and response to therapies, opening the door to more individualized treatment plans.

We are uncovering the role genetics plays in breast cancer.

BCRF has supported key players in advancing our understanding of the inheritable risk of breast cancer, from discoveries about BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations to the creation of the world’s most comprehensive database of breast cancer genes. This new wealth of knowledge allows scientists to identify other gene mutations that may influence a person’s risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. Our researchers have also made critical headway in understanding ancestry’s relationship to breast cancer by determining certain populations who are at greater risk and discovering novel inherited causes.

We’ve deepened our understanding of how lifestyle influences breast cancer risk.

Our researchers have demonstrated that certain lifestyle choices can influence incidence and recurrence. Thanks to their work, we have begun to understand how diet and exercise are linked to breast cancer risk and survival, how inflammation from obesity may trigger breast cancer development, and how a low-fat diet and weight loss can reduce the risk of recurrence. These important advances are helping people take command of their lives in ways that minimize their chances of getting not just breast cancer but other diseases as well.”

The article is a great read and is comforting to know how far we have come as it pertains to Breast Cancer. I recommend reading it to get a better understanding of how far we’ve come and the influences that can be linked to Breast Cancer. Back in 2009-2010, Rob had done his own research as far as the effects of diet and exercise and Breast Cancer because the doctors were of no help or assistance in that area. He was fantastic in his care of me and our new eating habits. We still to this day follow a regimen of eating healthy and exercising daily.

In closing, go get that check-up and check yourself for any abnormalities. Both women and men are susceptible to Breast Cancer so have your husband, father, brother, etc. check themselves as you never know.

Life is too short not to take all this seriously.

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Stay safe and healthy Angels.

Breast Cancer Awareness (Women & Men)

Women & Men (you heard me – men get BC too)… Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast Exam… learn the right way

Who Should Have a Mammogram?
The American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging recommend:

Women 40 and older should have mammograms every year. Women who are younger than 40 and have risk factors for breast cancer should ask their health care provider whether mammograms are advisable and how often to have them Mammograms Before Age 35 Mammograms before age 35 require a physician’s order. If you are concerned and would like a mammogram, talk with your primary care physician.

If You Notice a Breast Lump or Change. If you find a lump or something that worries you, schedule an appointment with your doctor, but don’t panic — eight out of ten lumps are not cancer. Your physician can write an order to schedule your diagnostic mammogram.

Female patient with radiology tech mammogram Schedule a Mammogram. Women 40 and older should have mammograms every year. Schedule yours now.

Always with Light & Love Angels!

Don’t Stop!! 💪😘😇💜

Stay strong my Angels!!!

Always with Light & Love ~ always!

On This Day In History…

When You Know You Know…

When you know you know. Don’t second guess yourself. You know.

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We Will Never Forget!

God Bless them ALL!

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Her Nexx Chapter

Join me and so many powerful women and men (of course it’s for all) on the @hernexxchapter non-profit.

See you all there!

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My Decision – NOT Yours!

This is my body and I WILL make the decision on what to do with it – not you! If the decision I make regarding my body is something you don’t like or agree with than someone be it – that decision is on me, not you. Period!!!!

Always with Light & Love Angels!

Earth Angel

Are you an Earth Angel?

31 Signs You’re An Earth Angel!

  1. You always have an idea or solution to offer and love helping people.
  2. You are a fantastic support person in the lives of almost everyone you know.
  3. You are always looking for a better way to do something.
  4. You rarely ask for help because your frame of reference is to serve others. Being helped is
    sometimes confusing for you.
  5. You may feel insecure in some of your relationships. You can easily sense if someone is holding back
    and you feel the need to seek regular reassurance from them. Additionally, you struggle to
    understand why this approach doesn’t work well.
  6. You have a grace that inspires people and you can lift peoples energy and spirit without much effort
  7. You accept others wherever they are – even those that some can’t even tolerate
  8. You always see a silver lining in every situation and You always see the good in people
  9. You think in terms of possibility and potential
  10. You have incredible gifts in the areas of writing, art, music, and healing
  11. People seek them out to release fears and other painful memories and emotions
  12. You aren’t so great about managing responsibilities, time, or boundaries
  13. As children, Earth Angels have a tendency to be diagnosed with various cognitive disorders because
    of their lack of concern for the material world
  14. You have no tolerance for anyone in pain. It’s your nature to reach out to those who are suffering.
    Sometimes this means that you attract people who have a victim mentality.
  15. You feel lost when faced with extreme anger and you tend to avoid conflict. You want to experience
    only happiness so avoid confrontation when possible.
  16. You constantly worry that you are bothering others. You frequently apologize and check in with
    those around you to see how they are feeling about you.
  17. It disturbs you when you can’t sense that your loved ones are connected with you.
  18. You are not comfortable with your physical body – especially your feet. As an angel, you have
    trouble staying grounded.
  19. Those around you often ask, “Where did you go just then?” because it seems you are often day
    dreaming or not paying attention.
  20. You often provide an alternative or big picture perspective in group settings
  21. You aren’t competitive in your personal or work life. You want to see everyone win.
  22. You can serve others without drawing attention to yourself. You give without being seen and work
    as an invisible force behind the scene.
  23. You are sensitive to urban settings and the reality of modern life
  24. You have a tendency to feel different or even alienated from others. You can remember being
    teased as a kid because of your different interests and behavior
  25. You have a tough time being a part of crowds because you feel overwhelmed by the energy of so
    many different people.
  26. You grew up feeling that you couldn’t relate to your immediate family. You feel less connected with
    your physical family or you were sent specifically to an emotionally distant or dysfunctional family in
    order to help them.
  27. People you don’t know very well tend to tell you incredibly personal things about themselves.
  28. People tell you that you look younger than you are.
  29. You have a history of addiction in your family.
  30. You have a clear and strong sense of purpose. Even though you may struggle to know how to
    manifest this purpose on Earth, you know you must work to help, teach, and heal others.
  31. You love the idea of freely spreading love, compassion, and guidance.

Always with Light & Love Angels!

SMART MINDS ARE SEXY

Case in point – Albert Einstein