Category Archives: Battling Bertha

18 Gifts for Someone Going Through Chemo and Radiation

Someone you love has cancer.  You may have no idea what to say or do. They are facing chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, biologic or immune therapy. Or, all the above. You want to help.  Here are some awesome, inexpensive ways you can. Gifts that Help the Family Treatment is just as stressful on the people who live with the patient as it is on the patient. 1. Prepare a meal.  Frozen casseroles are great because the family can heat and eat […]

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What to Expect During a Lung Biopsy | Battling Bertha

When I announced that chemo did not work, a few weeks ago, I hinted that I intended to create a video describing my personal lung biopsy experience.  I wasn’t ready to talk about it until now. I didn’t really know what to expect during a lung biopsy.  I know now that it is not pleasant. Who am I kidding?  Cancer sucks.  Tests sucks.  Treatment sucks. To be honest, when Dr. Ellent walked into the room and blurted out “I’m going to […]

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Pink Ribbon T-Shirt Fundraiser | Battling Bertha

It’s funny how inspiration works.  One thing leads to another which leads to another and pretty soon you’ve landed on a fantastic idea. My chemo bills are starting to stack up.  I have good insurance but I do need to pay my share of the hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of treatment I’ve received over the past 18 months.  Luckily, the cancer clinic has been very gracious about the financial burden the bills have placed on my family. Shane […]

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Now Offering Custom Graphic Design | God Helps Those Who Help Themselves | Battling Bertha #breastcancerawarenessmonth

Thank you for your prayers and healing energy.  Many of you have asked how else you can help my family during this time, and now we have a need. Battling Bertha has been a financial drain on my family, and belt-tightening is no longer enough to pay the bills. As many of you know, my husband, Shane, and daughter, Dorothy, are both wonderful artists.  They have decided to combine their talent and creativity and launch S&D Graphics to generate some […]

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Neesy Croft | 30 Women Who Mean Business Series | #breastcancerawarenessmonth

Neesy Croft founded Survivors & Thrivors On Purpose after being diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. Describe your business (work, passion) in 3 to 5 sentences. Survivors & Thrivors On Purpose is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt community-based Cancer & Support Services Center. Our mission is to provide support services to those who have been touched by cancer and other life-threatening debilitating dis-ease through education, prevention, advocacy, services and research. We believe that improving ones quality of life saves lives. How did […]

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Chemo Did Not Work | Battling Bertha #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth

Please, don’t be sad, or angry, for me.  This is just another chapter in my story. On my last PET scan, a small nodule in my lung, that has been there for over a year, showed up bigger and “hotter.”  Even though it is very small, less than half a centimeter, we opted to have it biopsied based on the aggressiveness of the type of breast cancer (70% HER2+, 99% ER+, PR-). The lung biopsy experience deserves a video, or […]

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Lunch & Learn: What is Clean Eating? with Renu Agrawal | Podcast Episode 38

Today’s lunch and learn episode was recorded live during the June 4, 2015 meeting of the Connecting Conroe Business Women. What is Clean Eating? Our speaker, Renu Agrawal, is a certified holistic health coach. Her teachers include Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Deepak Chopra. Renu loves to work with women who are looking for easy and fun solutions for their health issues, especially pain and weight management. Though the topic of the lunch and learn is clean eating, Renu’s talk begins […]

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Shingles During Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer | Battling Bertha

It’s been a while since my last Battling Bertha update.  I was officially declared cancer free on April 8, 2015, but that does not mean my battle has ended. I have a few more intravenous Herceptin treatments.  I have been receiving Herceptin every three weeks since my initial chemo cocktail treatments ended.  Also in the treatment plan is 4 more years of Tamoxifen.  One pill each night before bed. Last week I developed a rash along the bicep area of […]

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Radiation Cream for Breast Cancer Reviews, Part 2 | Battling Bertha

Taking a break from the 30 Women Who Mean Business Series today to share part 2 of my radiation cream for breast cancer video reviews.  Part 1 was filmed 6 months, ago! I have had a box of radiation creams on my desk, waiting for me to film this second video, for 6 months.  Yes, 6 months. Radiation Therapy is tough, and I am still feeling the effects months later.  The main culprit is fatigue.  I seem to have more ambition […]

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Essential Oils for Everyday Living with Kelly Taylor | Podcast Episode 31

Essential Oils for Everyday Living Listen in to this recording of a lunch and learn hosted by Kelly Taylor, certified herbalist and aromatherapist on Essential Oils for Everyday Living.  Kelly Taylor owns Cassia Aromatics, offering a full-line of top quality essential oils and synergistic essential oil blends. Most importantly, she is a member of my Battling Bertha team! Connect with Kelly Taylor Cassia Aromatics Blog Cassia Aromatics on Etsy Cassia Aromatics on Pinterest Cassia Aromatics on Twitter Kelly Ann Taylor on […]

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