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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

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Toledo Walleye Pink in the Rink 2016

Victory gals sisters, Jyll, Rita, Melissa J.,
 Becky, Diane and Melissa
4 of us are TNBC survivors!

Annual Breast Cancer Awareness night on February 27, 2016 at Toledo Walleye Hockey with my pink sisters.  This years event was paint the rink pink with messages of hope and support in our local breast cancer community.

Victory Gals in the house!
Laurie, Dianna, Rita, Melissa P., Jyll, Melissa J., Carol,
Beth, Lori, Becky and Diane

Rita, Jyll, Becky, Wally the Walleye, Melissa J., Melissa P.
and Diane. 4 of us are TNBC survivors.

Paint the ice PINK!

Team Holly, TNBC sister 4-Ever in our hearts

Toledo Walleyes!

Miss you Holly

My pink fans!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Victory Gals Night Out at Barry Manilow Concert 2016

Barry Manilow "One Last time"
Night out with my pink Victory Gals sisters at Barry Manilow's farewell concert on April 27, 2016 at the Huntington Center in Toledo.  Thank you Huntington Center and The Victory Center for bringing us gals together for "one last time" with Barry!  It was an excellent concert with Barry singing hit after hit songs. One of my favorites was "Looks Like We Made It."

Us Victory Gals: Kim, Carol, Lori, Linda, Melissa
Elaine, Rita and Devorah

Monday, September 19, 2016

Victory Gals After Hours Support 2016

New traditions with our local breast cancer support group... after group social hour. Friends, food, sometimes drinks and not talking about cancer!

Melissa P., Lori, Areena, Chris, Beth, Tatum (back turned)
Melissa J. and Carol

Local Breast Cancer Support Group Holiday Celebration of Life and Hope 2015-2016

Our annual holiday celebration at the Victory Center with my breast cancer survivor sisters.  We live for today and hope for good health, promising treatments, a cure and have hope for more tomorrows together. These are my peeps that have helped me through some troubling times and always give me a reason to laugh! Love you all xoxo

Side note: 6 of us pictured are Triple Negative.

Left to Right: Diane, Laurie, Kim, Joyce, Beth, Karen, Lori,
Melissa J., Carol, Tatum, Jyll, Areena, Diana, Joyce B.,
Devorah and Melissa P.

Left to Right: Diane, Laurie, Kim, Joyce, Beth, Karen, Lori,
Melissa J., 
Carol, Tatum, Jyll, Areena, Diana, Joyce B.,
Devorah and Melissa P.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

I'm Here Because of You, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2016

6+ year survivor!
Walking to finish our fight at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, as I walked with my pink sisters and some high school friends on May 14, 2016.  A rainy and cold day brought 1600 participants out to the event in Perrysburg, OH., raising $131, 000 to assist in saving lives from breast cancer in Northwest Ohio.  Thank you NWO for your support in our mission!

We're here because of you.

The girls in pink!
Barb, Doris Melissa J. and Melissa P.

TNBC sisters, Melissa P. and Melissa J.

My favorite city truck!

Making Strides Breast Cancer Survivors

McAuley girls Lori, Rhonda and Melissa

"Hope for More Tomorrows"

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Representing The Victory Center at Komen Northwest Ohio Race 2015

Leading the 5+ years pack
In a crowd of 26,000 people, 12,000 registered participants, I walked as part of The Victory Gals Team in the 22nd Annual Komen NorthWest Ohio Race for the Cure on September 27, 2015.  Besides raising awareness to breast cancer, 75% of funds raised at the event stays right in Northwest, Ohio supporting breast cancer patient services, while the other 25% raised funds National research.
This year, Komen Northwest Ohio affiliate allowed me to carry the 5 year Survivor sign leading the 5+ years Survivors in the Survivor Parade down to the start line for the 5K walk.  Thank you Mary Westphal and all the the ladies of Komen NorthWest Ohio for this great honor!

Team The Victory Center Gals

My favorite Frosty

Victory Center Gals

TNBC sisters, Diana and Melissa

with the 5+ years group

Team The Victory Center Gals

with Pink Panther

with my cousin, Tony

Team The Victory Center Gals

All us pink survivors on the infield

SO MANY INCREDIBLE STORIES OF SURVIVING: Dan Cummins spoke with several breast cancer survivors today, including those representing The Victory Center! #WTOLR4TC #WTOLRACE #RaceForTheCureWe have even more inspiring stories of hope here: http://bit.ly/1Wr0kUK
Posted by WTOL NEWS 11 on Sunday, September 27, 2015

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Relay for Life, Lucas County Ohio 2016

I participated at  Relay for Life on June 18, 2016 at Lucas County Fairgrounds where over $117, 000 at this year's event.  I set up an exhibit table for The Victory Center and met up with pink sister, Carol for opening ceremony, walking the survivor lap and having a luncheon.
Local cancer survivor, Caly Bevier was a junior honoree who spoke of her fight against ovarian cancer at the age of 15 and sang, "This is my Fight Song."  This young lady was amazing!  We watched a lip-sync contest where cancer survivor friend Valerie gave a great performance of Cher's cover, "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves." 

Selfie with Cat Trick

Calysta, "This is my Fight Song"

Survivor lap

Pink sister Carol, Pink Panther
and Melissa

16 yr. old Ovarian Cancer Survivor,
Calysta and Melissa

with Captain America and Ariel

Stress relief...

Leaving my mark on cancer

Valerie's lip-sync contest

VIP treatment
My vendor table set-up for The Victory Center

Monday, June 27, 2016

Saying Good-bye to our Pink Sister, Judi

Melissa loved this pink sister
On June 1, 2016, we said good-bye to a very special pink sister, Judi Gould from our Victory Center's, breast cancer support group.  I met Judi in 2010, she was the first of my Victory gals to reach out to me as I just finished my cancer treatments and finding my new normal through support.  Judi was always upbeat and was a mentor to many of us.  It really saddens me that she had to leave us but will hold memories of Judi close to my heart. Rest in peace Judi.

All of us pink sisters arriving to pay our last respects to Judi

Melissa, Judi G. and Devorah


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Celebrating National Cancer Survivor Month 2016

On June 9, 2016, met up with a few of my pink sisters at National Cancer Survivor Month Celebration presented by UTMC Dana Cancer Center.  Listen to a live performance by Stephanie who sang some of our favorite fight songs, "I Will Survive", Stronger" and "Roar!"  watched some survivor friends play cardio drumming that looks like a lot of fun, I must try this someday!  Food, cake, vendors and door prizes. I donated my door prize, a handmade pink ribbon blanket to the Dana Cancer Center Infusion Dept. to be given to a breast cancer patient who will just be starting her chemo treatments.  Thank you University of Toledo's Dana Cancer Center for celebrating us survivors!

Me and my Oncologist, Dr. Mohammed

My pink sisters Yvonne and
Rose cardio drumming

Keynote speaker and breast cancer
survivor, Michelle Ginovanoli and Melissa

Stephanie Roars!

Victory gals Rita, Carol, Areena and Melissa
Rita is a TNBC Survivor

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