Sunday, November 4, 2012
Lucy looks at charities and awareness campaigns - from a survivor's view.
As I said in last week's column, the pink ribbon stands for breast cancer; but for many businesses, it represents huge, huge profits. Sadly, some of the charities that purport to want a cure have lost their way and they, too, are making money hand over fist in the name of breast cancer. For example, I truly believe that the Susan G. Komen Foundation started out with the best of intentions. It’s also mine (and many other breast cancer patients/survivors) opinion, that they’ve lost their way. When the organization began, “for the cure” was its battle cry. To this day, they covet that phrase and spend lots of money suing smaller, grass roots efforts that dare use “for the cure” in their name. Feel free to fact check me by Googling “Susan G. …
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Pennsylvania taxpayers can donate all or part of their tax refund to cancer research in the Keystone State through a program called Refunds for Research
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Sunday, October 21, 2012
The PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC) has an annual program that allows Pennsylvania taxpayers to help support cancer research in the Keystone State. The program is called Refunds for Research. By checking YES on line 35 of the PA 40 tax form, any taxpayer can donate all or part of their state income tax refund to breast and cervical cancer research. Every penny contributed goes directly to PA breast and cervical cancer researchers as they work for a cure. By donating, the taxpayer will join the thousands of Pennsylvania tax filers who have contributed over $2.8 million for Pennsylvania-based cancer research. Recent recipients include doctors at the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University and Penn State. “Pennsylvania …
Lucy shares the last installment in her story about her long journey battling breast cancer.
Chemo was finally over; it was time to prepare for 32 rounds of radiation. Before then, there was a break during which I got my port taken out. It would be a few weeks before I started, and those weeks were some of the worst of my life. I’d been sick, and in so much pain, I was too busy to really look at myself. And when I did, my spirits crashed. I’d lost my hair, eyebrows and eyelashes. I had an indentation where a breast had been; the scar was over an inch wide due to the many surgeries. The other breast was smaller and misshapened. The long showers I used to enjoy had become a chore. I got in and out; never looking at my chest. To make matters worse, my plastic surgeon, Dr. Morrissey, told me that after everything, reconstruction was …
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Lucy continues her story about her battle with breast cancer.
This is part three in Lucy’s story about her battle with breast cancer. You can read the first part here, and the second part, the mastectomy, here. I had finally beaten the MRSA, and it was time for chemotherapy. The doctors were nervous, though, because there’s a window of time following surgery that is considered “safe” to wait prior to beginning treatment. My window was quickly closing; they were anxious to get me started. I should backtrack a bit, however, and share that I had a port put in. Chemo is administered through an IV, and since it’s really just controlled poisoning, it can damage your veins. A port is surgically implanted, either on your chest or your arm, which allows them to insert medicine directly into a vein, with only …
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Lucy continues her personal story about her fight with breast cancer.
This is the second part of Lucy’s story about her battle with breast cancer. You can read the first part, her diagnosis, here. It’s funny how our perception of time changes according to the events we’re expecting; or dreading. The weeks prior to my mastectomy were filled with a battery of pre-op testing, but they went quickly. Even though time flew, silence became my enemy. If there was no noise, the silence would envelop me like a steel cloak, weighing heavily on my heart and mind. Even though I tried to be upbeat, those moments of solitude allowed the fear to creep into my mind. Cancer was a well-trained, aggressive opponent, with fear as its general and death as its ally. I was one person. I had no control over what was going to happen…
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Lucy shares her very personal story about her long journey with breast cancer.
In October of 2009, I was given the news no woman ever wants to hear. I had breast cancer. I knew that I had a lump, but my family doctor didn’t think it was anything to be concerned about; he wanted to be sure, though. I went for a mammogram and later, Skippy the Radiologist (my nickname for him – he looked like he’d just graduated high school) told me I had three tumors in my right breast and a smaller one in the left. He wanted biopsies to be sure, but he was pretty confident I had breast cancer. The first thing I thought was that I can get through this. Matt and I almost lost a child; if we could get through that, we could get through anything. The second thing I thought (hoped) was that the biopsies would prove Skippy wrong. I got …
Monday, October 17, 2011
More than 7 million Pink Ribbon Bagels have been sold; $1 million has been raised for breast cancer charities since 2001.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Panera Bread is celebrating 10 years of fighting breast cancer by baking bagels. This October, the signature Pink Ribbon Bagel® will be sold at all of Panera’s bakery cafes, with a portion of proceeds from bagels sold going to a variety of breast cancer causes throughout the country. A staple each October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, donations from the sale of the Pink Ribbon Bagel have raised more than $1 million for breast cancer charities. Panera Bread and its franchisees hope to make 2011 the largest year for donations ever. “The Pink Ribbon Bagel is an iconic Panera offering that allows us to join forces with our customers to support the fight against breast cancer,” said Bill Moreton, Panera’s CEO and President. “Panera…