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?

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.

Chicks For Charity motto:

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

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

REFLECTING ON MY BREAST CANCER FRIENDS STANDING UP FOR BREAST CANCER MONTH...











                              
                            Karen Miller Herbert
"..and as I signed, I thought of all my sisters"
-Karen Herbert, TNBC Survivor



Chris Gagliardi
"...my start to spreading the word"
- Chris, TNBC Survivor
"I WILL WALK TOMORROW TO HONOR ALL MY TNBC SISTERS"
 AND I DON'T WANT MELISSA TO THINK I FORGOT HER 
I GOT TIRED LAST NIGHT AND DIDN'T FINISH THE FRONT, 
SHE IS THE LAST TO GO ON CAUSE SHE TAUGHT ME THE MOST...
AND TONYA IS OVER MY HEART"- Chris
"we did the survivor lap in memory of Kimmie"- Chris
"I told the lady I didn't want it to be about me
and then I grabbed Terry I wanted it to be about the
TNBC and spreading the word" - Chris



"I am off to the walk girls...I will make u proud"
- Chris
 "Melissa u have taught me, all of us so much...
u inspire me to spread awareness"- Chris
"Only the start I am on a mission..."
- Chris


"Very emotional and amazing day today at the walk...BUT PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF I AM GONNA HAVE MY STORY TOLD, ALONG WITH TERRY OF COURSE...finally Melissa wooohoooo...look for it on WWW.tri-statemediaonline.com....finally spreading the word about TNBC...it is a start"- Chris Gagliardi
Chris's story: http://tristatemediaonline.com/2011/10/25/13000-people-walk-to-find-a-cure/

I am so amazed by my TNBC pink sister friend, Chris Gagliardi's determination as she blossomed into becoming the voice for all of us Triple Negative Breast Cancer Survivors. I just love her drive and energy into how active she's been in spreading the word of  the importance of Breast Self-Exams as that is how she found her lump. Chris has worked hard holding fundraisers for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk where she raised $3400 alone and $5300 as a team, "Team Gags" honoring her as Pace Setter as she was called to take stage, receiving her ribbon. Chris stood up for all of us to TNBC, she's letting the world know we're all fighting back! Chris ROCKED her "Breast Friends Forever" t-shirt, as she proudly wore our (Triple Negative Breast Cancer survivor friends) names on her shirt... what an honor to all of us!
Excerpt from a posting:

I POSTED PIC OF THE SHIRT I AM WEARING TOM TO THE WALK DON'T THINK I FORGOT YOU I SAVED YOU FOR LAST SINCE YOU R THE ONE WHO INSPIRES ME MOST
October 22 at 4:44pm

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    • Melissa Stukenborg Paskvan Chris, I am so touched and honored that you're wearing my name too tomorrow... I guess I never realized how I have touched people's lives but am glad that I was able to give you some insight. Please remember that this walk tomorrow is all about YOU, your fight and celebrating your survival... Take it all in and enjoy, you're winning your battle! Thank you Chris, Be well and Live Life! ♥
      October 22 


Melo Roman
"Woo hoo I made it!!!!!! 5 miles pinkies. what a beautiful day.
Jus looking at all the survivors and people with cancer making
 the stride gave me strength. Loving all my pinkies."-Melo
"This lil diva wasn't playing. She walked
for all her doggy friends and pinkies."-Melo
"I had a blast. I took longer because I kep getting 
stop cause my dog looked like a diva with her 
fakes lashes."-Melo
"Thank you Melo for walking and honoring me too..."- Melissa
 "you all wc free huggies too all."- Melo
 
 

Kimmie Kim
Rest in Paradise, Kimmie!

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