Tag Archives: Breast Cancer

Listen, Clear, Travel | 3 Words for 2016

2016 has been a fantastic year for me personally. For my blog, not so much. At the beginning of the year, I outlined over a dozen blog posts intending to finish and schedule them weekly. Great plans for my 30 Women Who Mean Business series, and inspirational metastatic breast cancer updates, as well as, relationship marketing advice fell to the wayside as I lived my incredible life. Those unfinished blog posts are still sitting in my editorial calendar queue, like this gem […]

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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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Breast Cancer Survivor Called Pervert for Using Women’s Restroom

Deena Lotridge is a double mastectomy breast cancer survivor. Her friends call her a hero for the way she has shined brightly during her journey through cancer. After losing it to chemo, her hair is growing back, and is still rather short. With everything she has gone through, using a public women’s restroom should be the least of Deena’s worries. However, the recent attention to the transgender bathroom debate has resulted in unexpected consequences.  Take for instance the Texas man who […]

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Surviving Cancer

Today is National Cancer Survivors Day®. “National Cancer Survivors Day® is a CELEBRATION for those who have survived, an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of SUPPORT for families, and an OUTREACH to the community.” – NCSD.org The other day, I came across a rather bitter, anger-filled blog post criticizing the movement for excluding those whose disease has metastasized. I, too, have struggled with the term “cancer survivor.”  Like the author, I am living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). For […]

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Cancer Healing Affirmations

Shortly after diagnosed with Her2+ ER+ metastatic breast cancer, I received a package in the mail from an unknown source. Enclosed was the book, Heal Your Body, by Louise Hay.  The small book, just 85 pages, includes a 62-page chart of ailments along with emotional causes plus unique healing affirmations for each ailment. I flipped to “cancer” and found the purported emotional cause: “Deep hurt.  Longstanding resentment.  Deep secret or grief eating away at self.  Carrying hatreds.  ‘What’s the use?’” […]

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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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