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

Friday, June 17, 2011

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation Video


‎"A lot of people have great hope, and a lot of people who have great hope live. And, some of them who have great hope die. So it's not that hope is going to save you. A positive attitude is not going to save you. What it's going to do is, everyday, between now and the day you die, whether that's a short time from now or a long time from now, that every day, you're going to actually live." ~ Elizabeth Edwards

Thursday, June 16, 2011

My Visit Accompanying My TNBC Sister To Her Appointment With Dr. Lisa Carey in Chapel Hill, NC

Dr. Carey is who I look to for ALL my answers... 
she's really one of the TNBC heroes we have."  Vickie Roy-Sneddon

I accompanied my TNBC sister, Tracy who had a recurrence
a year later and is now terminal. Looking to Dr. Lisa Carey
for answers, it was a little disheartening knowing she can't
cure her 2nd time around

It was a pleasure meeting DR. Carey whom I 
admire and respect...
This is my Tracy... fighting for her quality of life.

"Take the very breath You gave me.
Take the heart from my chest.

I'll gladly take her place if you'll let me,
Make this my last request.
Take me out of this world
God, please don't take the girl"

- Tim Mcgraw

Friday, June 3, 2011

Photos Of My Road Trip To Meet My TNBC Pink Sisters, May 24, 2011

Road trip I made to Louisville, KY to meet up with 2 of my Triple Negative Breast Cancer pink sister's Tracy Barrett Geiger and Kitty Francisco Griffin whom I met online through FaceBook in a TNBC support group. We all have been talking online for about 5 months and then started calling each other on phone for support, exchanging stories and more importantly, lots of good laughs!  At the top of my bucket list, more than anything, I wanted to meet my pink sis's whom I formed a strong bond and a very special friendships with. We all went through treatments about the same time, and we're all about the same age. I love my Tracy and Kitty, they made my finding of my new "normal" so much easier being able to relate to fellow survivors whom been through similar experiences. Kitty on the left of me and Tracy on the right of me in all the photos.

Melissa, Tracy and Kitty

Kitty, Melissa and Tracy

Kitty, Melissa and Tracy

Kitty, Melissa and Tracy

Kitty, Melissa and Tracy

"Knowin' you can always count on me, for sure
                                    That's what friends are for
For good times and bad times 
I'll be on your side forever more
That's what friends are for"
- Dionne Warwick

Mammogram Poem... Written by Triple Negative Breast Cancer Sister, Sharon Lewis

My Mammogram Poem
I remember that they really went flat,
I try a forget about that.
I know it is for the best,
so I go and get the test.
It takes a little time,
To check those boobs yours and mine,
To make sure everything is fine.
Self checking just once a month is all it takes,
With peace of mind what a difference it makes.

- Sharon Lewis (c) 

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