Tag Archives: Chemotherapy

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 […]

Read more

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:  […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more
1 2