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"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.

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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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Work hard. Play hard.
Be thankful for our blessings.
Share the wisdom. Give back

Monday, June 11, 2012

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation's Peace, Love and a Cure 2012

An evening of raising a lot of cash and a tribute to a few great women making history...

Cristy Norwood, Laura Roppe'
 and Sara Kouten, my TNBC sisters!
5th Annual, Peace, Love and a Cure 2012 event, hosted by The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation was held in May honoring Robin Roberts for her TNBC awareness efforts and going public with her story inspiring survivors like us; Dr Lisa Newman, MD for her research on breast cancer in African-American women; and one of my TNBC sisters, Cristy Norwood for her bravery and sharing her inspirational fight of TNBC as a mother, "Warrior Chick."  To date, this PLC annual fund-raising event has netted exceeding $1.25 million dollars for research, patient treatment assistance and awareness to this aggressive, TNBC. A huge success for us TNBC survivors, our targeted therapy will be found soon, I just know it! Thank you Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation and to all that supported this event.

Cristy Norwood accepting her Courage Award

I had followed this TNBCF Peace, Love and a Cure event through live updates on their Twitter page. LOL, I tracked down Laura Roppe'  at the event through live online streamlining via TNBC Foundation's Twitter, tweets! I just love Laura Roppe' she's my rock star!... and get her book, Rocking the Pink, I'm reading it now and smiling through it!

Laura Roppe' and Robin
Roberts Rocked the Pink!
"When I sat down at my computer to write a book for no apparent reason, I never imagined that, a short time later, I'd be posing for a picture with one of my heroes, triple negative breast cancer survivor Robin Roberts of Good Morning America, as she enthusiastically held up my book -- or that it would contain her endorsement on the front cover!  Last week, I met Robin at a fundraiser for the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation (where Robin received the Champion Award ), and when she saw me and my book, she screamed "I LOVE THIS BOOK! IT'S SO FUNNY!"  And then she proceeded to tell anyone within earshot that they absolutely must read it.  In the above picture, can you tell I am FREAKING OUT?  I am.  In addition to being beautiful and generous, Robin has become a source of inspiration and encouragement for those who have followed her down the cancer path.  A year before my own diagnosis, Robin had shared her journey through breast cancer with viewers onGMA.  After that, when my own diagnosis unexpectedly came, I knew I could overcome it, having just watched Robin strutting her bald, badass self down a fashion runway.  I cannot emphasize enough how much Robin inspired me as a role model and fellow triple negative survivor.  And now, here we stand together, smiling, with my little book, and a shared message that anything is possible!" ~ Laura Roppe'

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