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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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Believe in Yourself, Go forward with
Courage and faith
to face whatever Tomorrow may bring.

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Be thankful for our blessings.
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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

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Michigan's Dancing with the Survivors 2015

Thank you to my friend, Csilla who was unable to attend and asked me to go in her place to the breast cancer survivor celebration, Dancing with the Survivors hosted by the Pink Fund on October 1, 2015 in Bloomfield, Michigan.  A very nice event with an appetizers and wine reception where I had met some really nice supporters. The dancers were breast cancer survivors paired up with professional dancers for a night of dancing and celebrating life!
The Pink Fund, founded by breast cancer survivor, Molly MacDonald assists breast cancer patients in treatment with financial support for living expenses through 3 month grants approvals.

Sanja and Melissa
Melissa's Warrior Symbol
Molly MacDonald, 
Founder of The Pink Fund
Survivor, Lori Baran
Survivor, Kristy Lynch and her father
Survivor, Kathleen Galligan
Survivor, Brenda Kambakhsh and her husband
Survivor, Kathy Martin and her physician
Gretchen Geist, In honor of her mother
Survivor sisters, Carol Ziecik and Laura Segal
TNBC Survivors Melissa and Carol Ziecik
Melissa and Molly MacDonald, founder
of http://www.pinkfund.org

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Komen Ladies Night Out Toledo 2016

April 16, 2016 was a spectacular event for just us ladies at Komen's Ladies Night hosted at the Appliance Center in Maumee, OH.  Music, food vendors, raffles and a fashion show is what filled the night.  ...And I walked out with a new hot pink suitcase that I purchased with proceeds going to our local Komen, NW Ohio affiliate.

TNBC Sister, Audrey Barlumi 
modeling spring fashions

Komen NW Ohio, Executive Director, Mary
Westphal accepts $10,000 donation from the
Appliance Center 

Pink Sisters Areena and Melissa

Who's the big cheese?

2016 Cancer Survivorship Conference in Toledo

Thursday, June 9, 2016

University Of Toledo Rocket Football Honors Breast Cancer Survivors...

On November 27th 2015, several of my breast cancer sisters from University of Toledo's Center for Health and Successful Living met at their office for a tailgate party prior to the UT's Rockets football game.  Though it was chilly and rainy we braved the walk to the stadium and watch the football game taking on Western Michigan Broncos.  Partway through the game, us breast cancer survivors were called out onto to the field to be recognized for our survivorship.

Tail-gate party at UT for us survivors

with Santa... kicking off the holiday season

Survivors Melissa and Barb Oxner

UT Rockets football

Us breast cancer survivors being honored on field

On the field line with the University of Toledo Rockets 

My breast cancer survivor girls!

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