Thursday, February 25, 2010

Extracts of bitter melon 'can block breast cancer'

Extracts of a fruit grown on tropical vines appears to have breast cancer blocking powers, say researchers.  Where can I find this odd looking melon?!  Click on the title to learn more. 

Crazy Sexy Cancer Video - 10/22/2007 - Oprah - LOVE IT!

"Full-Time Job:  Always in the office of healing"

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

"I am a being of light. Angels are all around me, helping and guiding me at all times. I am safe and I am loved. Everything in my life happens at just the right time, in just the right place and in the best way for my highest good. And so it is".  random daily affirmation

I love this affirmation!  Thanks for posting on your blog Rachelle!  It's been a while since I've seen this affirmation and the timing could not be more perfect. 

I just had my last RAD today!  Time to celebrate!  A friend from highschool came up with a really cool idea that I wanted to share with you.  This is what he posted on my Facebook, thanks Andy!:

"So today is a day for Celebration for our dear friend Nancy! I suggest that we all raise a glass to her and the wonderful woman, mother, sister, daughter, friend and so many other things that she is to us all. How about a synchronized raising of the glasses to Nancy at 5:00 PM Pacific time. Here - Here!"

I love this clever and thoughtful idea!  Cheers!  5pm, I'll be sure to be home to raise a glass in celebrating my journey and I'll be thanking my lucky stars for my loving family and amazing friends who have supported me in so many ways throughout this journey.  I'll also pause for a moment and honor of all the warriors; praying that an end to breast cancer is near.  I'm forever grateful to all the women and men who have paved the way for survivors like me.  And to all the warriors that are in the heat of battle, stay strong!  You'll get through this!  Stay balanced.  Keep a positive outlook. Kick some cancer ass. 

Oh wait, what's that I hear???  Is that my train, Michelle?  My crazy cancer train?  Why yes it is!  It just pulled in the station and it's time for me to disembark!  bye-bye train!


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Living Well Beyond Breast Cancer, by Dr. Marisa Weiss

Another good book to add to my list.  To preview Dr. Weiss' new book, click on the title above.   

Happy Valentine's Day!  

Friday, February 12, 2010

Calling all Warriors!

Bang the drum. Paint your face. Run. Walk. Fight for the cure.
Ford and your Ford dealer are recruiting Warriors to help ramp up the fight against breast cancer. Ford Warriors in Pink can be found at the Komen Race for the Cure® events as always, only now they will arrive as a united front, as one in Warrior gear.

Learn about the special meaning behind the Warriors in Pink symbols or read the published articles about these strong individuals all across America below.

Jolie gave me the coolest tshirt!  It has the Warrior symbol on it.  I LOVE it! 
The Warriors ~ Represent the powerful and the courageous that fight against breast cancer. I know many amazing Warriors!
My tshirt has Doves which represents the wish for a quiet peace during the heat of battle and Hearts which represents those who stand strong with loved ones who battle the disease. 
I'm wearing my new T proudly.  Huge message in a small shirt.  LOVE IT!

It's Friday!  Long weekend ahead of us!  Looking forward to that!  After my 12:40 RAD appointment today, I'll only have ONE RAD LEFT!  Can you believe it? Oh my!  Time to celebrate!  I'm now using a cream that my dr. prescribed.  It's 1% Silver Sulfadiazine Cream.  It stopped the pain, instantly.  Seriously.  Monday this week, I was in so much pain which actually had brought me to tears; not very Milk-Dud-Warrior-Like.  But then, after my 12:30 RAD appointment - I applied the Silver cream miracle ointment and the pain stopped, just like that.  I also will start using Jean's Cream, as soon as I receive.  Thank you Jacki
Valentine's Day weekend – Hope you all plan to do something extra special on Sunday. Me and a few other moms are taking our 11 year olds to see the Tooth Fairy.  Should be fun!

Dark chocolate & Red Wine – the New Chemotherapy? huh?  Jacki found this article that I just had to share. Studies are funny. One day experts say "if you drink wine you may increase your risk of recurrence by 30%" then the next day an article like this surfaces. It's all about moderation. Smile.  Do what feels right.  Don't have regrets.  Live, at peace.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Acupuncture Reduces Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Patients

I've been on Tamoxifen since January 1, 2010.  I know now what a "hot flash" feels like.  I've not had very many of them so far but the few I have had have been intense.  They wake me up in the middle of the night, feels like I have a fever, my short hair drenched in sweat.  It's OK.  I'm actaully releived I'm having hot flashes because now I know that the Tamoxifen is working; it's blocking the hormones that ILC feeds on.  That's comforting.  Reading this article gives me hope.  I'm willing to try Acupuncture.  This will be a first for me. 

Acupuncture Reduces Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Patients

Among women treated with hormonal therapy for breast cancer, acupuncture and Effexor® (venlafaxine) were similarly effective at reducing the frequency of hot flashes. These results were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

The majority of breast cancers are hormone receptor-positive. These cancers are stimulated to grow by the circulating female hormones estrogen and/or progesterone. Treatment of hormone receptor-positive breast cancer often involves hormonal therapies that suppress or block the action of estrogen. These therapies include tamoxifen (Nolvadex®) as well as agents known as aromatase inhibitors. Tamoxifen acts by blocking estrogen receptors, whereas aromatase inhibitors suppress the production of estrogen in postmenopausal women.

Common side effects of hormonal therapy include hot flashes and night sweats. Antidepressants such as Effexor have shown some effectiveness in managing these symptoms but can produce side effects and may not be acceptable to all women.

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that aims to improve health by stimulating specific points of the body.[1] Because acupuncture has shown some promise in reducing hot flashes in breast cancer patients, researchers conducted a study to compare it to Effexor.[2] The study involved 50 women with Stage 0-III breast cancer who were experiencing hot flashes during hormonal therapy. Half the women received acupuncture for 12 weeks, and half the women were treated with Effexor for 12 weeks.

Both groups (acupuncture and Effexor) experienced significant decreases in hot flash frequency. Acupuncture appeared to be as effective at reducing hot flashes as Effexor.

By two weeks after completing treatment with acupuncture or Effexor, hot flash frequency increased in the Effexor group but remained at low levels in the acupuncture group.

Side effects among women treated with Effexor included nausea, dry mouth, dizziness, and anxiety. Acupuncture did not produce any negative side effects.

These results suggest that acupuncture may be as effective as Effexor at reducing the frequency of hot flashes in breast cancer patients treated with hormonal therapy.


[1] National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Acupuncture: An Introduction. Available at: Accessed January 4, 2010.
[2] Walker EM, Rodriguez AI, Kohn B et al. Acupuncture versus venlafaxine for the management of vasomotor symptoms in patients with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology [early online publication]. December 28, 2009.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. ~Buddha

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Jim Parsons has been nominated for an Emmy for his role in 'The Big Bang Theory' and has a wide and diverse group of admirers. Therefore, it is of no surprise that Jim Parsons plays each and every one of the 30 characters hilariously in the new Stand Up To Cancer video, titled  "Up2 You + Me" that was recently added to youtube.  The video is showing that everyone should stand up to help end cancer. The video was Created by the Selwyn Brothers. Produced, Directed & Edited by Jesse Selwyn and Written & Performed by Zach Selwyn.

LOVE IT!  Thanks Jacki for posting on your blog!
Found this imagine online, just had to post.  Loving the rain today!  

Friday, February 5, 2010

Oh my! I found this really old picture of my hat wear'n boys and their cousin Laura w/ her dog Abbey. So cute!
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Angry skin

It's Friday! The rain is coming! Just ask my left knee. And I have only 6 more rounds of RAD's left! My skin is pretty red. I have one blister but for the most part, my skin is reacting as one would expect, right on schedule. Monday will be my last RAD treatment at Alvarado. Then I'll begin my Boost treatment at a location downtown. Basically, I'll receive the same dose of Radiation, but the targeted area will be smaller. Mainly targeting my scares left from the surgeries.  The RAD techs told me "you think your skin looks bad?  Just think what your insides look like.  Way worse, for sure."  That's when I realized I'm being cooked from the inside out.  I'm a slow learner.  Smile.  I'm so glad the weekend is almost here.  I plan to catch up on a lot of rest, for sure.  Have a peaceful weekend.  Enjoy some football and rain!  <3

Monday, February 1, 2010

Last week I saw a big change on my right side, where the radiation is beaming.  Sunburn feeling.  Red skin.  The cream is working really well.  I'm using Puremedy bio-ceuticals "infection free" along with Eucerin Aquaphor healing ointment. Good stuff!  

Fatigue has set in a little bit. 

My hair is growing very slowly. And the color, OMG, is just awful. Dark and grey, blah. If I was a man, I'd be pretty stoked to have hair like this. It's difficult to see myself like this. I mean, I've been bald for a long time now. So, I had gotten use to that look. Now, I look like an old man, no offense. My eyelashes are falling out. I'm just not feeling very girly these days. I guess you can say I'm feeling sorry for myself. But this is temporary.

I've just called SK Sanctuary and booked a free pampering night for Breast Cancer survivors. I had signed up for this event back in September but was not feeling well enough to go. I'm hoping they can give me tips on what to do w/ my ugly hair and also if there's a product to help speed up the growth of my eyelashes.

My boys are doing well. Nolan seems to be a little on edge these days though. The kid has been on the go for two weeks now; he probably just needs a break. With soccer, baseball practice, all-nighter sleep over, homework, field trips, talent show practice and performance – and to top it off, he's been fighting a cold, it's no wonder he's a little punchy. Now that soccer is over (for now) he'll have a couple free nights to relax.

Tate's doing well. He presented his 8th Grade Science Fair project last week. I'm very proud of him. He did a fantastic job putting it all together! He's having fun playing indoor soccer.

That's it for now. I'll post again soon.