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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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Thursday, May 30, 2013

TNBCF's Peace, Love and Cure 2013

Photos of families affected by triple negative 
breast cancer were displayed throughout 
the event. That's me, my husband and
 son, middle bottom photo ♥

Faces of Victory 2013

"We are SO proud to introduce the world to The Victory Center's 2013 Faces of Victory...." - The Victory Center
Introducing my local Triple Negative Breast Cancer sister, Rita who I met in our local breast cancer support group of The Victory Center, a cancer wellness  center for Toledo and surrounding areas.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"You're the Strongest Person I Know; You Aren't Going Anywhere."

TNBC sister, Cristy Norwood
Age 36 and pregnant with her 5th child at the time, my Triple Negative Breast Cancer sister, Cristy Norwood recalls the night her doctor called and gave her the news, "I don't know how to tell you this, Cristy, but your biopsy came back showing malignancy. I'm so sorry." Through Cristy's courage and faith, she shares her story of survival.
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Cristy's story, "You're the Strongest Person I Know; You Aren't Going Anywhere." It appears in its entirety on pages 42 to 45 of Cancer with JOY!.

Cristy is truly an amazing friend and I admire her strength and her faith in God. She is an inspiration to all of us, always giving us ladies in our support group many words of encouragement to help us get through our darkest days. I have other postings on Cristy Norwood, please search her name in my blog.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Penny Nichols' Life Changing Battle With Triple Negative Breast Cancer

My Triple Negative Breast Cancer sister, Penny Nichols, story in her own words...

"I knew I had to take this horrible, bad thing and turn it in to something positive." - Penny Nichols

TNBC Sister, Rowina Dewan's Support of "One Day We Will Beat Cancer. Help Us Make it Sooner" Campaign

TNBC sister, Rowina Dewan supports Cancer Research UK
in it's money raising campaign to accelerate research.
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Triple Negative Breast Cancer sister, Rowina Dewan  shares her story and urges her community to fight back and support Cancer Research UK for further research.  Cancer Research UK are looking at a clinical trial with a drug, Carboplatin  to determine if it's an improvement to treatments currently available in delaying the growth of Triple Negative Breast Cancer in women where the disease has spread or had recurred after treatment. Cancer Research UK has launched, "One day we will beat cancer. Help us make it sooner.", a new ad campaign to raise money to help accelerate research.

Rowina Dewan continues her support with entering Cancer Research UK's Race for Life.

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/Breast-cancer-survivor-mum-Rowina-Dewan-backs-new/story-18030823-detail/story.html#axzz2UXHYazMA (Click link to story)

Friday, May 24, 2013

"He Has Healed Me" - Taira Johnson Baughman Fought The Fight...

Taira in her "fired-up" pink
Deep sadness of loss of TNBC sister,  Taira Johnson Baughman is felt among us today, May 21, 2013 as TNBC has taken another sister away from her family of 4 young children and her devoted husband that was everything to her. My first memory of Taira was when she posted in our support group about how country singer, Martina Mcbride's new video of "I'm Gonna Love You Through it" and she was so excited about being featured in the video as one of the survivors. I was really looking forward to and hoping that I would have the chance to meet Taira at the Young Survival Coalition Conference 2013 in Seattle but at the last minute, she was advised by her doctor to not travel due to health issues. At the conference, another TNBC sister, Patti had told us of her and another TNBC sister, Julie of how they surprised Taira by her flying out to California for a surprise... They surprised her with taking her to a taping of the Ellen Degeneres show, and Ellen came out into the audience and spoke to Taira. I was told of how excited Taira was and now wanted to be a guest on her show.  
Taira's happily Ever After
Another highlight in Tiara's journey was her having her Fairy Tale dream wedding and renewing her vows to her husband of 20 years, she was glowing in every photo with happiness. I have never personally met Taira but kept up with her as she posted updates to her blog. I loved Taira's blog, http://hehashealed.me/ , going through Taira's journey through her strength, the love for her family and her faith in God. One thing that was constant through Taira's posting's was her faith in God, and that he was going to heal her. 
 "I am tired of fighting cancer.  I won’t stop because I love my family so much, but they are suffering too.  This is exactly why I say I won’t fight cancer my entire life.  IT HAS TO GO AND BE GONE FOR GOOD."  
God has healed Taira of her pain and has brought her home to rest peacefully now. God Bless Taira's husband and children. Taira has left an impact on the hearts of us Triple Negative Breast Cancer sisters and I'm sure her legacy will continue in the fight against breast cancer. Taken from the last few postings in Taira's blog, here's in her own words of her incredible faith in God.  This is not where the story ends...
"We are told we will never be cured.  I know God is going to heal me.  Either through modern medicine or just a touch of his hand and it’s gone.  One way or another."

"Father in heaven, again, I thank you and praise you for your blessings.   I really am amazed at your mercy and love.   You have given me and my family some of the most precious gifts.  You provide for my family, love on my children, husband, parents myself and those that love me.  They are your extended arms of mercy reminding me that I am in your hands and you have the ultimate say over my life.  Every day I give myself to you again.  I want to tell every one of your love. ~Amen"

"Still Fighting. Not Giving Up. Trusting The Lord Knows Best".

"I’d love to give you some huge word of encouragement but right now I am working on getting myself excited again and pumped up on God’s promises from my future." 

"I hate having to go through what I do but I know God has a plan and 
it will be worth it in the end."

"It is amazing all the cool experiences God has blessed me with.  Things the children will never ever forget.   More memories and smiles.  I am just so blessed."

 "I adore all of you and you make it so much easier for me to choose joy and receive the strength that God promises to me."

"They always loved me and never made me feel like a burden." - Taira Johnson Baughman

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dnj/obituary.aspx?n=Taira-Baughman&pid=164928884#fbLoggedOut (Link to Obituary)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Denise Wolf Honored at Tri-Valley Socks "Bras for the Cause" 2013

2013 Tri-Valley Socks "Bras for the Cause" honoree is one of my Triple Negative Sisters, Denise Wolf. Denise own battle with TNBC inspired her to switch her career and become a Breast Cancer Researcher herself.  It is Denise's desire to help along with her UCSF team of doctors to develop customized chemo treatments tailored to an individual patient in hope of improving their odds of survival of aggressive breast cancers. Denise is a huge asset to our online support group, always offering support and addressing our concerns on with her insights on Triple Negative Breast Cancer... Denise is so deserving of being named Honoree of her local breast cancer fund raising event. Thank you Denise for being our voice in our fight against TNBC. Please read Denise's inspiring story in full by clicking on it's link below.

Denise Wolf
"...Offering valuable moral support throughout the cancer care chain is another task she has taken to heart as an unofficial online adviser to women’s support groups, including Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation (TNBCF) and the Facebook community “Triple Negative Sisters.” She finds it very rewarding to be able to answer questions and provide the hands on support that only a cancer survivor can offer. “Our oncologists and surgeons are advisors, yes, but we and our network of family and friends become the real caregivers. You owe it to yourself to be informed.”

 http://www.independentnews.com/community/article_d63c41fa-b355-11e2-a3b1-001a4bcf887a.html (Click link to full story)

Denise Wolf profiled as Honoree for "Bras for a Cause"
 (Click link to story)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Northwest Ohio 2013

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Northwest Ohio raised $77,252.76 at their 7th annual event on May 11, 2013.

"Yes, I am!" - Melissa Paskvan

"Because I love you all!"

Melissa and high school friend,

Triple Negative Breast Cancer
sister, Genny and Melissa

Inflammatory Breast Cancer survivor friend,
Kathleen Walsh was honoree for  2013 Making
Strides Against Breast Cancer

Melissa Paskvan
"Look at those cool socks!"

Friday, May 10, 2013

TRIPLE NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER 05/06 by Stupid Cancer Show | Blog Talk Radio

TRIPLE NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER 05/06 by Stupid Cancer Show | Blog Talk Radio My TNBC sister, Rachel Pappas in the the spot light.


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Join us as we open the floodgates to expose Triple Negative Breast Cancer, a misunderstood variant of the disease that affects up to 25,000 women each year. We will be joined by Hayley Dinerman (Executive Director), Malaak Compton-Rock (Board Member) and Dr. Lisa Newman (Scientific Advisory Board) from the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation. TNBC young adult survivor Rachel Pappas in the spotlight.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Janelle Wade's Fight with Triple Negative Breast Cancer

One of my Triple Negative Breast Cancer sister hopes her story of TNBC helps raise awareness. 

8 News NOW

"...Wade says she stays positive with the help of her family and friends, many who took part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure last year. Now she hopes her story will also help raise awareness. She encourages others to be aware of their bodies and to see a doctor if something doesn't feel right..."

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Tamoxifen's Role in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Published on May 1, 2013
Mark Noble, Ph.D., professor of Biomedical Genetics at the University of Rochester Medical Center, discusses the potential of tamoxifen in fighting triple-negative breast cancer (also known as basal-like breast cancer). 

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