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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?

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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Friday, October 4, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: I'm Angry, I Hate Cancer!

Words of Janelle Wade written in October 2012 after being diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer a few months prior. Janelle passed in September 2013. I wanted to share this posting as we go into Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

"October 1st. And unless you've been living under a rock, you know that today is the beginning of "Breast Cancer Awareness Month".

I've been complimented on my positivity in facing this disease. I try, and my new philosophy is that unless you can joke and find humor in your life, regardless of what is handed to you, you will become nothing if not a bitter and hateful person. But today, the first day of a month to become aware of something I'm aware of every damn day, I get to be angry.

I'm angry that I have breast cancer.

I'm angry that in 2 weeks I will have both my breasts removed. I'm angry that I can't reconstruct. I'm angry that I'm having lymph nodes removed. I'm angry I may face a lifetime of lymphedema. I'm angry that I face a lifetime of being maimed. I'm angry that I still feel my cancer, my tumor, every day because it never went away.

I'm angry that it's taking away everything about me that is feminine. I'm angry that it took my long hair, my eyebrows, my eyelashes, my nails,and now my breasts. I'm angry that I look nothing like I used to.

I'm angry that I'm leading my family into the poorhouse. I'm angry that we make too much to qualify for assistance, yet not enough to be able to pay my medical bills. I'm angry that my insurance company says I met my deductible, but that my cancer bills are above reasonable costs which leads to even more outrageous costs.

I'm angry that my son is having to grow up too fast. I'm angry that my son knows too much about cancer. I'm angry that my son had to cry to me yesterday because, after my surgery, my hugs won't feel the same. I'm angry for what it's done to my family. I'm angry that my husband is having to drop everything to take me to doctors and hospitals. I'm angry that we'll be "celebrating" our 10th wedding anniversary with me in bandages. I'm angry that my parents are having to see their daughter sick.

I'm angry that I'm having problems planning for the future. I'm angry that I feel like I can't think in terms of years. I'm angry that, when my husband says "Let's plan on doing this in two years", in the back of my mind I wonder if I'll be here in two years. I'm angry that I may not get to enjoy my retirement with my husband. I'm angry that I may not get to see my children grow up. I'm angry I may not get to see my granddaughter grow up. I'm angry I may not get to meet my future grandchildren.
I'm angry. I hate cancer."



~Janelle Wade

5 comments:

  1. I'm Justablackgirl. I wish you the best in all of your endeavors. I think people should concentrate on life more than death, wholeheartedly. Thank you for your thoughts and you are inspiring many!

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    1. Thank you Andi, so true... Live life today!

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  2. You make some great points. If people would devote more time to, maybe, helping those who are suffering, rather than making a dollar...it'd be a much better world! :-)

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    1. I help where I can... no financial gain and I don't ask for donation like other blogs I've seen... Blogger is free, and I only do this for awareness for TNBC. It takes people like us to make the world better :)

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  3. Breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer in females worldwide. Breast cancer rates are much higher in developed nations compared to developing ones. There are several reasons for this, with possibly life-expectancy being one of the key factors – breast cancer is more common in elderly women.

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