I promise

"I promise, Suzy... Even if it takes the rest of my life." - Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

What is Triple Negative Breast Cancer?


Just in recent years, Triple Negative Breast Cancer has sparked interest in the news where instead of calling the tumor as ER-negative, PR-negative, and HER2-negative; researchers began using the shorthand term, "Triple Negative," dubbed the "new type" type of cancer. Being Triple Negative, you don't have a targeted therapy and that your only treatment option is chemotherapy.

Triple Negative is seen in about 15% of all breast cancers. Triple Negative is a very aggressive cancer that tends to strike younger women, pre-menopause, especially among African-American women and women who have BRCA1 mutations. The tumor tends to be fast growing and is less likely to show up on an annual mammogram. TN is more likely to metastasis early on; has a high rate of recurrence in the first 2-3 years from diagnosis and has a poorer prognosis than other types of breast cancer due to lack of specific, targeted treatment for TNBC.

Carpe diem

Seize Each new Day with Renewed Strength,
Believe in Yourself, Go forward with
Courage and faith
to face whatever Tomorrow may bring.

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Enjoy life. Laugh a lot.
Work hard. Play hard.
Be thankful for our blessings.
Share the wisdom. Give back

Monday, August 7, 2017

20 Years Strong of The Victory Center

On May 31, 2016, I attended the  20 year celebration of transforming lives at The Victory Center where have been a breast cancer support member for 7 years.

Mission of The Victory Center:
"To support and educate cancer patients and those closest to them by providing individual and group services in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan."


Breast cancer survivors,
Melissa and Jeanette

Here's to 20 years of serving cancer survivors!
right side: Lori, Jyll and Karen

Bottom right corner: Lynn

Mmmm CAKE!
(L) Laura  (R) Karen

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Pink Sisters Christmas Parties 2016

Center for Health and Successful Living
Christmas Party hosted by Dr. Amy Thompson

Christmas with the Victory gals
Kim, Beth, Melissa J., Laurie, Rita, Linda, Joyce, Carol,
Diane, Areena, Peggy, Traci, Jyll, Lori,
Elaine and Melissa P.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Remembering Ishiuan...

Condolences to Ishiuan's family. Ishiuan and I met in Florida 2014 at the Young Survival Coalition Conference, we were Triple Negative sisters.  I always admired Ishiuan's strength and determination and loved the smile on her face that she always shown.  Sadly, Ishiuan passed on March 19, 2016 at age 42 after her 10 years fight with TNBC.  Rest peacefully dear.

TNBC sisters, Melissa and Ishuian Hargrove

Read Ishian's story On Living Beyond Breast Cancer site:

Sunday, July 9, 2017

A Decade of Diamonds Fashion Show 2017

On February 17, 2017, The 10th Annual Victory Center's Luncheon and Fashion Show, A Decade of Diamonds raised over $55, 000 that will go towards supporting their services that are offered to cancer survivors and co-survivors.  I volunteered at this event with registration and gathering up the gift raffle items to be presented to the ticket winners.  I'm always happy to be able to help out the Victory Center where I can and this event surprised me with special guest taking stage, Calysta Bevier singing a couple of hit cover songs, Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" and Sia's "Alive" portraying her own fight, a ovarian cancer survivor in her early teens.

Calysta Bevier and Melissa
I'm a big supporter of our local arts and music!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Celebrity Wait Night 2016

So much fun at Celebrity Wait Night on September 20, 2016 with raising lots of cash benefiting the Victory Center.
I spent the night volunteering to sell 50/50 raffle tickets to our guests, and they were buying $5 to $20 worth at a time in addition to gift basket and wine pull raffles.  It was a western theme... tho, I didn't win best western costume, I was still a "rock star" in paying it forward.  The wait staff consisting of many local doctors and other well known people of our local community had also participated in raising tips that were also donated to the Victory Center, a cancer wellness center serving Northwest Ohio.

Not your typical rock star

Selling hundreds and hundreds of dollars 
worth of raffle tickets!

Our 50/50 raffle ticket winner!

Victory gals pink sisters
Sandy and Melissa

Melissa and one of our celebrity waiters,
Dr. Mabry, Breast Sergeon

Komen of Northwest Ohio Breakfast 2016

Our annual get-together of us Victory gals at the annual kick-off breakfast for Komen for the Cure.  The kick-off breakfast is dedicated to the first 500 breast cancer survivors that register for the breakfast event.

The Victory Center Gals: Joyce, Jill, Melissa P.
Diane, Lynnette, Rita, Kim, Areena,
Carol, Lori, Deb, Traci, Beth and Melissa J.

Pink sisters, Elaine and Melissa

Triple Negative Breast Cancer
 Sisters, Melissa and Audrey

Pink sister, Mary, Melissa and my favorite
event emcee, Chrys Peterson

Victory Center Treasures Fundraiser 2016

On May 13, 2016, I volunteered to help serve food at the grazing stations.  The Victory Center in their annual Treasures benefit with the theme, "Experience the essence of New Orleans".  A live and silent auction brought in big money to help support the mission of  the Victory Center in providing education and support for cancer patients through their individual and group services.

Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Sisters, Melissa and
Audrey Barlumi

Devorah and Melissa bidding on
the silent auctions

Caricature of me

Devorah and Melissa

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Toledo Walleye Pink in the Rink 2016

Victory gals sisters, Jyll, Rita, Melissa J.,
 Becky, Diane and Melissa
4 of us are TNBC survivors!

Annual Breast Cancer Awareness night on February 27, 2016 at Toledo Walleye Hockey with my pink sisters.  This years event was paint the rink pink with messages of hope and support in our local breast cancer community.

Victory Gals in the house!
Laurie, Dianna, Rita, Melissa P., Jyll, Melissa J., Carol,
Beth, Lori, Becky and Diane

Rita, Jyll, Becky, Wally the Walleye, Melissa J., Melissa P.
and Diane. 4 of us are TNBC survivors.

Paint the ice PINK!

Team Holly, TNBC sister 4-Ever in our hearts

Toledo Walleyes!

Miss you Holly

My pink fans!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Victory Gals Night Out at Barry Manilow Concert 2016

Barry Manilow "One Last time"
Night out with my pink Victory Gals sisters at Barry Manilow's farewell concert on April 27, 2016 at the Huntington Center in Toledo.  Thank you Huntington Center and The Victory Center for bringing us gals together for "one last time" with Barry!  It was an excellent concert with Barry singing hit after hit songs. One of my favorites was "Looks Like We Made It."

Us Victory Gals: Kim, Carol, Lori, Linda, Melissa
Elaine, Rita and Devorah

Monday, September 19, 2016

Victory Gals After Hours Support 2016

New traditions with our local breast cancer support group... after group social hour. Friends, food, sometimes drinks and not talking about cancer!

Melissa P., Lori, Areena, Chris, Beth, Tatum (back turned)
Melissa J. and Carol

Local Breast Cancer Support Group Holiday Celebration of Life and Hope 2015-2016

Our annual holiday celebration at the Victory Center with my breast cancer survivor sisters.  We live for today and hope for good health, promising treatments, a cure and have hope for more tomorrows together. These are my peeps that have helped me through some troubling times and always give me a reason to laugh! Love you all xoxo

Side note: 6 of us pictured are Triple Negative.

Left to Right: Diane, Laurie, Kim, Joyce, Beth, Karen, Lori,
Melissa J., Carol, Tatum, Jyll, Areena, Diana, Joyce B.,
Devorah and Melissa P.

Left to Right: Diane, Laurie, Kim, Joyce, Beth, Karen, Lori,
Melissa J., 
Carol, Tatum, Jyll, Areena, Diana, Joyce B.,
Devorah and Melissa P.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

I'm Here Because of You, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2016

6+ year survivor!
Walking to finish our fight at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, as I walked with my pink sisters and some high school friends on May 14, 2016.  A rainy and cold day brought 1600 participants out to the event in Perrysburg, OH., raising $131, 000 to assist in saving lives from breast cancer in Northwest Ohio.  Thank you NWO for your support in our mission!

We're here because of you.

The girls in pink!
Barb, Doris Melissa J. and Melissa P.

TNBC sisters, Melissa P. and Melissa J.

My favorite city truck!

Making Strides Breast Cancer Survivors

McAuley girls Lori, Rhonda and Melissa

"Hope for More Tomorrows"

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Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting Project

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