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Top 10 Breast Cancer Myths According to Dana-Farber

It’s October. For many Americans, that means Columbus Day (a 3-day weekend for many), decorating for Fall, and stocking up on candy for trick-or-treaters. For many, October also means breast cancer awareness and the pink-washing of America. I will share my thoughts on the whole pink thing in a future post. Despite bringing awareness to, and opening up dialogues about, the disease, Breast Cancer Awareness Month has yet to quell a myriad of myths women believe.  I must admit, until […]

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Offering Nutritional Advice for Cancer Patients

Your friend, loved-one, business associate, co-worker is a cancer patient. You know, we all know, that proper nutrition during cancer treatment is so very important.  Chemotherapy, radiation, immuno-therapy, hormone-therapy all cause a great toll on even the healthiest of bodies. You’ve heard about a herb, vitamin, tea, or fruit that may help.  Should you tell the patient? How to Offer Nutritional Advice for Cancer Patients Here is a simple 3-step approach to offering nutritional advice for cancer patients: Step 1:  […]

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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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Latest PET Scan Results Show Abraxane plus Perjeta and Herceptin are Working | Battling Bertha

In September, a lung biopsy revealed a 7 mm nodule in my left lung as 99% ER+ 70% HER2+ metastatic breast cancer. There was also a smaller nodule in my right lung, too small to biopsy. I was immediately put on a cocktail of Abraxane plus Perjeta and Herceptin every three weeks. This morning with a huge smile on his face, Dr. Ellent, my oncologist, informed my husband and I that per my most recent PET Scan, the 7 mm […]

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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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Tanieka Randall | 30 Women Who Mean Business Series

Tanieka Randall discovered the secret to regrowing hair after losing her own to chemotherapy.  Her company, Tee’s Hair Secret, is the result of exhaustive research about natural hair regrowth treatments. Describe your business (work, passion) in 3 to 5 sentences. I am passionate about inspiring others by sharing my testimony. I went from being faithless to using my faith to motivate others to find their passion. My passion for helping women grow healthy hair lead me to starting my natural […]

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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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