Category Archives: Battling Bertha

Lower Cholesterol without Statin Drugs

Part of my breast cancer treatment protocol is 5 years of Tamoxifen, an estrogen-blocker.  It has many side effects and I was quite hesitant to take the drug.  However, I’ve been lucky in that I only have experienced two of the drugs side effects:  hip pain and high cholesterol. My oncologist prescribed a statin to lower my cholesterol.  It increased the hip pain.  I really like the ability to walk, so I have opted to lower my cholesterol without statin drugs. If you […]

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Meet the Battling Bertha Team | Birthday Party Photos

It takes an army to battle Bertha. I am blessed beyond measure to have a large battalion of warriors by my side through my breast cancer journey. They have fed my family, made sure my home was clean, visited me during treatments and hospital stays, and given much needed moral support. A couple weeks back, we celebrated my 45th birthday with Mexican food and Red Velvet Cake. It was fun because not all of the warriors were acquainted.  It is […]

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Housekeeper for Cancer Patients | Battling Bertha

I have amazing friends supporting me through my breast cancer treatment journey. They rallied together to feed my family, visit me during treatment, and they even hired a housekeeper to clean my home every two weeks for nearly six months! Truly the greatest gift a cancer patient could possibly receive is a housekeeper. Are you picking up what I am putting down, here? It is simply amazing not to worry about dirty floors or clean sheets.  Especially when you can […]

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How to Flush a PICC Line with Saline and Heparin | Battling Bertha

If you have a PICC line, it needs daily flushing with saline and Heparin to keep the line clean and prevent blood clotting. A couple of months ago, with the help of chemotherapy nurses Renne and Kim from Greater Houston Cancer Clinic, we created a video with step-by-step instructions on how to flush a PICC line with saline and Heparin for my husband so that he could do the needed task at home.  Kim did a great job filming while Renne […]

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Two Meditations for Breast Cancer Patients Who Don’t Meditate | Battling Bertha

During our podcast on natural cancer therapies, Ann Fonfa mentions meditation as a breast cancer therapy, and then admits she does not meditate, as it is hard for her to slow down. I have the same issue with meditation.  I want to do it.  I know I need to do it.  My brain just doesn’t want to turn off. My friend Melissa Moog is the owner of Itsabelly Baby Planners in Portland, Oregon.  She suffered a stroke around the same […]

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Natural Cancer Therapies with Ann Fonfa | Battling Bertha | Podcast Episode 26

Ann Fonfa is a 22 year breast-cancer survivor who opted-out of most conventional western medicine during treatment.  Ann is the President of the Annie Appleseed Project, providing education, advocacy and awareness on complementary, alternative, natural cancer therapies. In today’s podcast, Ann shares her personal breast cancer story and how it inspired her to become a natural cancer therapies advocate.  Click the play button in the black bar below the title to listen to the podcast. Take 3 Steps 4 Health The […]

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Sex After Breast Cancer: Melissa’s Story | Battling Bertha

“Is there any sort of intimacy after breast cancer?” It is a question that I have read too many times in my online support group.  It is heartbreaking to read just how many women had given up on intimacy.  During breast cancer treatment it is so important to keep as much normalcy as possible, for both the patient and the caregiver. Being intimate is normal. I decided that I needed to find a way to offer hope to recently diagnosed women, […]

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Happy #Healthy New Year! | Vision Board Party | Battling Bertha

Before I start in on hashtags and Vision Board Parties:  It seems that I blog more about that pesky Bertha lately than I do about the real purpose behind this blog, which is to inspire you to pursue your passion profitably.  I believe, the best way to do so is through relationship marketing.  So, starting today, at the bottom of most blog posts (keeping it real, can’t commit to every), I will include a Relationship Marketing Tip of the Day. […]

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Swapping Leaky PICC for Brand New Port | Battling Bertha

Christmas Week Wrap Up Last week was crazy.  We discovered my PICC line was leaking and the rest of the week revolved around doctors, hospitals and Christmas. Let’s break last week down into bite-sized, easy-to-digest chunks, shall we? I will try to keep this as brief as possible. Ovary Pain Awoke in the middle of the night Saturday with a very sharp pain on the right of my pelvis.  For ten years I have experienced a mild discomfort in this […]

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Synchronized Holiday Lights and Giving Up on Cancer Treatment | Monday Morning Rant

Ah crap.  I feel a rant coming on…. This morning two separate but equally disturbing tidbits made the hair on the back of my neck stand up: synchronized holiday lights and a fellow breast cancer warrior giving up on treatment because she can no longer afford it. What Do Synchronized Lights Have to Do with Christmas? Seriously…  there is a major television network encouraging people to send in videos of their homes decked out with synchronized lights. Hello? I thought […]

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