Chemotherapy is a combination of medicines that kill cancer cells by stopping their cellular division (mitosis) and “birthing” of new cancer cells. If cancer cells cannot give birth to new cancer cells, then the cancer itself will die. Chemotherapy is not very specific to cancer cells only, as chemotherapy also kills rapidly dividing healthy cells, which leads to many of the side effects of chemotherapy.Read More
October’s colors warm the heart like no other. As the greens of summer fade to reds and yellows, the air becomes crisp, heralding the coming months of reflection and renewal. October puts to rest the hard work of summer and initiates the inward searching of winter. We clean our lawns, wipe down our decks and gather wood for the fire. We are preparing to say thanks for the past year and to appreciate the many blessings in our lives.
In October, we listen to Moses delivering his final sermon to the Israelites as he prepares to climb Mt. Nebo and return home to God. The final chapters of Torah are read, and we can see Moses disappear up the mountain. We then turn to the beginning and recite the story of creation.Read More American Cancer Society, Awareness, Breast cancer, Cure, emotional recovery, Imelda G. Margulies, Knoxville Tennessee, Real Men Wear Pink
Geraldine got her mammogram every year. Her first grandchild was born six years ago she wasn’t going to miss a second of her grandbaby’s life, although, the baby’s mom, Laura, had something to say about that. Geraldine just knew that her grandbaby was God’s gift to her or raising Laura, her daughter, right. And Geraldine wanted to be there for her daughter and to play with her grandbaby. So she got her mammogram every year.Read More Breast, Breast cancer, Breast cancer screening, Genetics, Mammography, Real Men Wear Pink
Judy was nearing her 35th birthday. She was excited. Her husband was going to take her to Colorado for an exciting week of rock climbing, river rafting, and fishing. Then, she was sad. She wanted romantic walks in the foothills, expensive dinners with champagne and a night in the honeymoon suite. Men will just never learn.Read More American Cancer Society, Breast cancer, Breast cancer screening, cancer recurrence, emotional recovery, Health, Mammography
Shortly after they celebrated their third year anniversary, Mary Jane and her husband, Alan, made plans to start a family. After a year of trying to conceive, Mary Jane made an appointment with her gynecologist to make sure everything was in working order before she and her husband tried again the next month. During her examination, Mary Jane’s doctor noticed a mass in her breast and scheduled an ultrasound directed biopsy. The lab results revealed cancer. Mary Jane, only 34 years old, was shocked. How could this happen to her at such a young age? What would her husband think? Would they even be able to have children now? Mary Jane was heartbroken.
It was a beautiful summer day, but Laurie could feel the tension in the air as she anticipated her opponent’s next move. Whack! She sprinted towards the net, stretched out her racquet, and smashed the ball, sending it past her sister for the final winning point. She smiled, red-faced and out of breath. I’m only 34, she thought as she chugged her bottled water. I shouldn’t be this exhausted from a pick-up tennis match! Her older sister, Patricia, gave a knowing smile and shook her head as she dried the sweat beads from her neck with a towel. “We are so out of shape!,” she called from across the court.
Joanne reached for the cilantro; it was taco night and her boys were hungry! She gasped as a sharp pain radiated from her nipple, through her breast, and straight into her armpit. Taken aback, she caught her breath, and regained her bearings. Her boys always looked forward to Taco Tuesday and she wouldn’t let the pain ruin their night. She continued to cook her extraordinary tacos with such flavor that would make your tongue jump with joy, leaving you seeing sparkles in the sky. Her boys devoured the tacos like two Tyrannosaurus Rex dining on Triceratops.Read More Breast cancer
Josephine was elated. She had just survived breast cancer and was looking forward to a life full of laughter and joy with her husband, children and friends. But there was one problem. Josephine hated her arm. She had her the lymph nodes under her arm removed because of breast cancer. There was some cancer in her lymph nodes, so she had all of her lymph nodes removed.Read More Breast cancer, Lymph node, Lymphatic system, Lymphatic vessel
Jackie is a good mom. She takes care of her kids. She gets them to do their homework. She drives them to dance class, soccer games and piano lessons. She washes their clothes, packs their lunches and cooks their dinner. And she does the same for her husband. Jackie has little time for herself, especially when you take into account the volunteer time at her kids’ schools.Read More Breast, Breast cancer, Mammography, Pink ribbon
Susan was aghast. She had breast cancer. But she did everything right. She ate her fruits and vegetables. She went jogging every day. She even read her Bible devotional before going to bed every night. Her faith in a just God, who is fair and good was as strong as ever, but, still life just wasn’t fair. She cried as her husband held her lovingly, letting her know he would be with her every step of the way.Read More Breast cancer, Cancer, Sentinel lymph node, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Technetium-99m, Tumor