Breast Cancer Awareness, Stories, Support

This blog is dedicated to everyone who has been touched by Breast Cancer. It is a means of sharing my story (the good the bad the ugly) and to spread awareness. My first post: October 1st 2010. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please follow as I share my story. Leave a comment or share an experience. You can contact me by e-mail at



Monday, July 21, 2014

Skin Gel Provides Breakthrough In Fight Against Breast Cancer

Skin Gel Provides Breakthrough In Fight Against Breast Cancer

Tamoxifen has shown itself to cause less side effects when applied topically.
Tamoxifen has shown itself to cause less side effects when applied topically.

A paper published Tuesday, July 15, in Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, has revealed an exciting new development in the war on cancer. A commonly used cancer drug, tamoxifen, has shown itself to be equally effective as the traditional pill form in reducing the growth of cancer cells in women with noninvasive breast cancer when applied as a gel. After topically applying tamoxifen to women suffering from ductal carcinoma in situ for six to 10 weeks, the results were comparable to those of women with the same ailment who took the medication orally for the same length of time.

The real breakthrough here, though, is that the gel had far fewer side effects during testing than its orally administered counterpart. While orally ingested tamoxifen has side effects ranging from hot flashes and vaginal dryness to blood clots and uterine cancer, the gel has shown significantly fewer instances of negative effects across the board. According to The Washington Post, Seema Khan, a surgical oncologist at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, says this has to do with the localization of the drug.

"There was very little drug in the bloodstream, which should avoid potential blood clots as well as an elevated risk of uterine cancer," Khan told the source.


Monday, July 7, 2014

The Light that Shines (Documentary) on YouTube

Jill Brzezinski-Conley is so beautiful and brave. Everyone needs to see her story and share it to help her achieve her dream of helping others who are going through or have gone through breast cancer.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

No News is Good News/It Can Happen To Anyone!!!

I can't believe its been so long since I've updated this blog! No news however, is good news. I am still following up every 6 months with my oncologist and all my exams and blood work has been great. She switched me from the tamoxifen to Arimidex. I will take that for about 2 more years.

I hope you are all doing your monthly self exams and having annual screenings. Early detection is so important. Breast Cancer can happen to anyone:

Former Good Morning America host Joan Lunden announced she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The 63-year-old mother of 7 has already started chemotherapy and will undergo surgery and radiation treatments.

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