Not sure about this one - I hope its true but I had also seen several studies that state women who breast feed are far less likely to ever develop breast cancer. I breast fed both of my children for 6 months each, as did all of the 8 women in my support group. One has had a recurrence, blessedly so far the rest of us have not. ~ JennaView Thread
Haylen I just heard about this last night on Nightly News. I don't currently take aspirin, only occasional tylenols when necessary, but I do want to get thoughts from my pcp. It sounds too good to be true!~ It would be wonderful if this can help people combat these damn diseases!
These girls have said it all - I personally think it boils down to insurance companies not wanting to pay. I supposedly have no family history but have a daughter. I am told I don't have a hereditary breast cancer but how do they really know? What if I am the start of something? I feel she should be screened at 35, but will probably get a hard time about that. 50 is ridiculous with this disease running rampid. Every time I turn around I hear someone new with the diagnosis. This is a real sore spot for sure. Ya, a shortage of taxol is absolutely inexcusable. They DO have us by the short hairs, and some of us no hairs! I am trying to be funny, but this subject is a super sore spot, along with the need for better screening equipment at facilities. OK, back to work now before I throw this computer out a window LOL!!! JennaView Thread
Judy, There is a show air tonight at 9pm est that sounds interesting. I hope it doesn't fluff things. I am out with friends for dinner but will tune in if I am back on time.
You are so right, it is up to us warrior to spread the word on all we know. Even diet suggestions would be so helpful, but I got lines like "just eat what tastes good" - really???? My girlfriend who had gone thru chemo 2 years before me was a lifesaver suggesting things that tasted good thru the various chemos. As good as my docs are, sometimes I feel that there are so many of us, we are just another number. Here is the blerb about the show:
Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore, Alicia Keys, Patricia Clarkson, Tony Shaloub and Jeffrey Tambor are just some of the stars attached to Lifetime's special breast cancer series "Five." The show debuts tonight at 9 p.m. EDT. According to Lifetime: The groundbreaking original movie "Five" is an anthology of five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer on people's lives. "Five" highlights the shared experience each short film's title character endures from the moment of diagnosis, through an interconnected story arc that uses humor and drama to focus on the effect breast cancer and its different stages of diagnosis.
Never apologize for feeling so strongly about educating women - it is so very important! The bottom of the birdcage sounds great - hopefully for tons of women!!! JennaView Thread
H Judy, I would add Christina Applegate to the list. I know she didn't have chemo, but did have a mastectomy and have seen her on talk shows looking fabulous and not getting into the nitty gritty of all there is to go thru and how this diagnosis, going thru chemo or not, changes your life forever. Kelly Tuthill, who is a local reporter in Boston on channel 5, did the best job explaining her journey of any "celebrity" that I know of. She did have chemo and her children were young. She let cameras in her home and explained all of her treatment program and all of the hell she went thru to bring awareness. She showed herself at her worst. She is a true warrior for her courage at showing herself in such a vulnerable state. There is a whole new language to learn when you hear your diagnosis. These celebrities could help so many women. Melissa Ethridge did an interview years ago when she was bald and going thru her personal hell, and I remember crying at her courage. This was long before I ever dreamed of being in a similar situation. JennaView Thread
It seems like everyone I know has a vitamin D deficiency. Mine was low, I had stage II invasive ductal carcinoma, no lymph node involvement. I am taking supplements and try to get out in the sunshine whenever possible, but living in New England makes if difficult. I go for the extra cup of milk and the extra spoonful of broccoli whenever possible, and just hope and pray my levels get better. Our bodies take a massive beating with chemo and radiation. tough to get back to normal, whatever that now means... just keep on trying and fighting!!!!! ~ JennaView Thread
I'm with you Cindy. I thought I had a good diet before my diagnosis, but have tried really hard to make improvements. I eat tons of blueberries now and add them to yogurt along with flax seed. I try and get an extra mouthful of veggies down at dinner, and only eat whole grain breads. It is exhausing as diet is always on my mind. I'm sure it helps, but I don't feel my eating habits contributed to my b.c. I was told by my oncologist that the good eating habits helped with chemo. Who really knows??? I also only buy organic milk now. I will NEVER give up chocolate though!!! Well, it does contain iron and calcium, right??? JennaView Thread