What started as IDC (Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma) in 2011, then turned into CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) in 2013, probably partially caused by chemotherapy along with a genetic pre-disposition. Here we are now in March 2016 and I am newly diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in the left breast and liver (LMBC - liver metastasized breast cancer).

So the focus has shifted yet again, BUT... I continue to THANK YOU for your prayers, love & support. I receive them with open & loving arms. My wish is that I will gain strength from you, will provide helpful information and strength to others & will help to strip away the fears we each experience.

I am strong. I am loved. I am healthy. I WILL SURVIVE!

Have you or your loved one had their annual mammogram? PLEASE, don't put it off. Speaking from experience, I highly recommend monthly self exam as well. And if you are now cancer free of breast cancer, do everything you can to insist that your doctors follow up with an occasional PET Scan and labs for tumor markers.

Contents may be uplifting, sad, funny, scary, downright depressing ~ THAT IS CANCER .... at it's best, at its worst.

PLEASE ~ Feel free to share this blog with anyone who is interested to learn about my journey. While I welcome their support, I hope that by sharing this experience freely to the universe I may help to support others by breaking down some of the barriers and fear associated with breast cancer and the treatment.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

VOTE TODAY - Keep A Breast Foundation

I had the sweetest comment on my blog the other day from a young girl with a history of breast cancer in her family. She has gotten involved with the The Keep A Breast Foundation organization to help focus her frustration with this horrible disease in a positive way. This youth-focused nonprofit organization educates about cancer prevention, early detection, and of cancer-causing toxins in the environment. She asked if I could help get the word out for them, and I'm happy to do so right here.

The Keep A Breast Foundation has been nominated for a 2012 Chase Community Giving Grant and the chance at the top prize of a $250k grant! The recipient of the grant is determined by votes and winning would mean that they could continue their awesome work in education. 

Vote for Keep A Breast to be awarded a $250K grant from Chase Community Giving:

To celebrate they made a parody music video of Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Getting Back Together" to show everyone just how honored and excited they truly are. One of their goals was to shoot the video without any cuts, just like the original and shoot it in one take and they successfully did it after 10 takes! 

We hope everyone enjoys the video and takes with them the important message that breast cancer (and any cancer in general) does affect young people and does not discriminate. We want young people to be conscious about their own health, and to be their own health advocates, to check themselves every month and never ever let anyone tell them that they're too young. Like ever. But to win, we'll need you to do more than watch this video!

A bit about Keep a Breast Foundation from their website:
From September 6th - 19th, 2012 we're going to need the help of all our supporters, friends and family to help share, tweet, post, re-blog, e-mail or whatever you do to EVERYONE you know. The more exposure we have, the better the chance at getting the votes we need!

If we are awarded the $500k grant, we'll be able to continue to educate young people about the importance of breast cancer prevention and removing toxins out of their daily life forever. Like forever.

Special thanks to Jana Bocchieri (singer) and Justin Bocchieri (musical production) for donating their time and talent to make this happen.

Official Chase Community Giving page:

Connect with Keep A Breast!

About The Keep A Breast Foundation:
The Keep A Breast Foundation™ is the leading youth-focused, global, nonprofit breast cancer organization. Our mission is to eradicate breast cancer for future generations. We provide support programs for young people impacted by cancer and educate people about prevention, early detection, and cancer-causing toxins in our everyday environment.

The Keep A Breast Foundation™ is headquartered in the United States as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit. We are supported in fulfilling our mission by international partners Keep A Breast Canada, Keep A Breast Europe, and Keep A Breast Japan.

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