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

Monday, December 30, 2013

Flippin to a Cure Logo Bracelet in Support of Triple Negative Breast Cancer

I absolutely love my new bangle!

I am honored and proudly wear my new beautiful handcrafted triple touch of pink "Flippin to a Cure" logo bracelet that I received by Dr. Regina Flippin as part of her holiday giveaway.  I love wearing my new three loops bracelet that symbolizes support for those affected by triple negative breast cancer.
Dr. Flippin is a TNBC survivor herself and is the founder of "Flippin to a Cure" to raise awareness to triple negative breast cancer. Information on how you can purchase your own TNBC logo bracelet or to learn more of Dr. Flippin's story and her foundation, please follow the link to her site.
Thank you Dr. Flippin for reaching out to other women in our communities through awareness and education of breast cancer... and again for your kind heart.
Wishing all my viewers and supporters a happy and healthy New Year full of love and hope.
xo Melissa

Saturday, December 28, 2013

First Featured Person of 2014 on The Toni Turchi Foundation Website

"My loving family"
I’d like to introduce to you a women who is has taken her despair and used her journey in an effort to “pay it forward”. Meet my friend…..Melissa Paskvan from Toledo Ohio. Read More
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National Breast Cancer Survey till Jan. 9th, 2014

Questions specific to Triple Negative Breast Cancer.  Lets get it done ladies... this benefits all of us!

Living Beyond Breast Cancer opened a national survey today to assess the unique information and support needs of all women with breast cancer. 
Available online until midnight PT on Friday, Jan.10, the survey asks about the information and support available to women with breast cancer. The organization will use the survey findings to identify and address gaps in services for people with specific breast cancer diagnoses, such as triple-negative, hormone-positive or HER2 positive.

All women who have ever been diagnosed with or treated for breast cancer may take part in this survey. Participants may be recently diagnosed, in treatment, post-treatment, have had a return of breast cancer, or be living with metastatic (stage IV) disease. We seek people with a diversity of experiences, so please spread the word about this opportunity. All responses are anonymous.

http://www.lbbc.org/About-LBBC/LBBC-Newsletter-and-Publication-Archive/LBBC-News/National-Breast-Cancer-Survey  (Click to link)

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Catch That Look: Living, Laughing and Loving Despite Triple-Negative Breast Cancer - by Ann Pietrangelo

This is a memoir written by my Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) friend whom I met online and had the honor of having my story featured in a series of her "Living with Triple Negative Breast Cancer" stories she had written in 2011. 
Sometimes, when that "other shoe" finally drops, it drops hard...

December 3, 2013
She couldn’t believe her luck. After years of living with the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis, Ann Pietrangelo was making the most of her miraculous remission – not that she didn’t expect the other shoe to drop. An accidental discovery of a lump soon led to the life-threatening diagnosis of triple-negative breast cancer.

From a deeply personal perspective and told in riveting detail, Catch That Look explores the relationships between doctors and their patients, as well as between patients and their loved ones. With each new page, it becomes crystal clear that just as a picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes, when you catch it, a look speaks volumes.

From the author of "No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis," this follow-up memoir is one that Ann never thought she would have to write. It offers the reader passionate insight into the emotional and physical turmoil of learning you have a second life-altering disease – and what it means to be a true survivor.

For Ann and her husband, Jim, the diagnosis would test their “living, laughing, and loving despite” mindset. Would they pass this test?

With foreword by Diane Radford, MD, FACS, FRCSEd, surgical oncologist and breast surgeon at Mercy Clinic St. Louis Cancer & Breast Institute.

eBook NOW ON AMAZON -paperback coming soon!

Author website: AnnPietrangelo.com 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Holiday Party with my Gals of The Victory Center 2013

Our breast cancer support group
5 of us here are triple negative breast cancer survivors

One of the greatest gifts is friendship, and I'm very thankful that I have these ladies in my life, who have helped me piece my life back together after going through my breast cancer. Thank you The Victory Center and to the ladies of our breast cancer support group for this special get-together, love to you all!... We have today!

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