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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.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Toledo Walleye Back to Back Win at Pink in the Rink Weekend 2017

Toledo Walleye 3-2 win over Brampton Beast at Pink in the Rink on March 5, 2017 for game 2 of breast cancer awareness weekend.  For me, the highlight of the game, I was invited by Komen of NW Ohio to be their survivor guest and ride on the Zamboni during 1st intermission.  
Also, I was asked to provide a short 3 sentence bio of myself that would be be read over their loudspeaker announcement during my Zamboni ride.  
I was thrilled and honored to be Komen's survivor guest and was totally stoked to take advantage of this opportunity to bring awareness to Triple Negative Breast Cancer and to send out a message of hope to other survivors.
"Melissa Paskvan was diagnosed in 2009 with Triple Negative Breast Cancer at the age of 41 after finding a lump during a self exam.  7 years cancer free now, Melissa is very active in the breast cancer community bringing much awareness to this very aggressive disease, Triple Negative Breast Cancer that is affecting much younger women. Melissa would like to express to survivors and caregivers to never lose sight of hope, hope for more tomorrows."  

Got my helmet on!
So excited for the Zamboni!
Ready for the breast cancer survivor
Zamboni ride!
Thank you Toledo Walleye!
Thank you Komen of NW Ohio!

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