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Dogs in Pink for Cure

Recently diagnosed with ILC breast cancer I am trying to turn this into a positive using my talents as a dog art and portrait artist and have started Dogs in Pink for a Cure. I have started a Facebook page of that name and am painting dogs in pink with 50% of the sales donated to a breast cancer charity. I am asking women dealing with breast cancer to submit photos of their dogs as possible models for the series.

Mechelle Roskiewicz
Warrensburg, NY

"My Miracle of Life"

ON MAY 26th 2013 MY MOM PAST AWAY, DUE TO A CANCER METÁSTASIS. LIKE A WEEK AN A HALF AFTER HER PASSING, I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER. THE TYPE THEY CALL A TRIPPLE NEGATIVE STAGE 4. I HAD A BILATERAL COMLETE MASECTOMY ON JUNE, AFTER THE SURGERY PATHOLOGY RESULTS REVEALED I HAD 5 TUMORS OF WHICH FOUR WHERE MALIGNANT. AFTER A COUPLE OF WEEKS IN RECUPERATION, IM BACK IN THE HOSPITAL FOR THE PROCEDURE OF THE VENUS PORT TO START CHEMO. I WENT THROUGH 6 CYCLES OF TWO DIFFERENT TYPES OF CHEMO, FOR A TOTAL OF 12 SESSIONS. I WAS THEN SENT FOR 36 ROUNDS OF HIGH DOSE RADIATION. LAST WEEK I COMPLETED MY RADIATION THERAPIES, I CAN SAY THAT I AM SO GREATFUL TO MY LORD FOR GIVING ME THE PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL STRENGTH TO GO THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT JOURNEY. I KNOW IT IS BECAUSE OF HIM THAT I AM ALIVE, I AM A LIVING MIRACLE OF HIS POWER AND LOVE. I SEE MY PLASTIC SURGEON NEXT WEEK TO SEE WHEN I WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE THE LAST PART OF MY RECONSTRUCTION DONE. AND ONCE I'M DONE WITH THAT SURGERY, I WILL BE ABLE TO CLOSE THIS CHAPTER OF MY LIFE FOREVER, IN THE NAME OF JESUS. GIRLS NEVER GIVE UP, GOD IS FAITHFUL, HE'S RIGHT NEXT TO YOU, SIDE BY SIDE FIGHTING THIS WITH YOU. I CAN PERSONALLY SAY THAT I WOULD'VE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO GET THIS FAR, IF I HAD NOT HAD CHRIST IN THE CENTER OF MY LIFE. DON'T GIVE UP, YOU'LL GET THROUGH THIS! GOD BLESS!!

Yesenia
Añasco, PR

Superwoman

My name is Shamica and I am battling my second time with tripple negative bi lateral breast cancer. I was diagnosed in 2009 at the young age of 28 with tripple negative bi lateral breast cancer. I am sure many are asking what is that??? Well it is an aggressive breast cancer that is due to genetics. This means that the gene was passed down from a parent and mutates in the child. What is interesting about my cancer is that I am the first person in my family to have cancer. We all were shocked because I am a healthy very active person how could this happen??? Despite the news that December day in 2009, I went thru chemo a double mastectomy and reconstruction. Once I finished chemo in 2010 I had to undergo radiation for a few months. This caused her implants to harden and therefore needed to be removed. This was my introduction to Dr. Grace Ma. An awesome plastic surgeon who performed the first ever DIEP Flap Breast Reconstructon in the state of Georgia on me. Once I finished all this I received the all clear in May 2011. In November of 2013 I felt a lump under my arm. Off to the doctor we go, a biopsy was done and came back positive for cancer, and it was tbe same type and this time more aggressive than before. The cancer was removed from my underarm and while Dr Barber was in surgery he noticed the cancer had attached to the chest walls. This cancer could not be removed and therefore off to chemo we go. This time the chemo is strong causing hair loss and more sickness than before but I'm still smiles. I'm also getting ready to start more radiation. Despite all of this I still work every day except chemo days and off days, at the gym 3 to 4 times a week, and coaches boys basketball in Marietta GA. I refuse to quit and I won't let cancer win!!!!

Shamica Dixon
Smyrna, GA

life doesnt stop

When I was 30 I felt a painful lump in my breast. I blew it off thinking I was too young for it to be serious, probably just another cyst. My grandma just survived breast cancer 2 yrs prior and I had lost my mother just months before to ovarian cancer. At 31 with a 2 yr old son I was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. We do NOT carry the gene. 3 surgeries and 8 months later I found out I was pregnant... Now I am due in June with my daughter. When I was diagnosed I thought I would share my moms fate and I couldn't imagine life with the scars. Boy was I wrong, so much life to still live and give. Stay strong and check ourself. Never stop fighting!!

Jessica Duval
Blue Springs, MO

Mammograms save lives

So thankful I had a mamogram done. Some time had lapsed since my last one and I knew after losing my Dad to cancer I better get back on track. A suspicious spot was found and a magnified scan was done. That too showed the spot in question so I was headed for a biopsy. Biopsys are most unpleasant but I knew it was necessary. Then the wait for results. Doctor called and said no actice cancer but I have pre-cancer cells present and they must come out. Thursday I will be having a mini lumpectomy but no radiation is needed. So may I reiterate that MAMMOGRAMS SAVE LIVES! If I had not had one we would be looking at a different situation. Treat your "girls" with kindness and save the "ta tas" Have faith & believe.

Anonymous
Huntington, TN

BRCA1 + working Mom of four with breast cancer

I am a young working mother of four young children ages 4-11. I eat healthy, I exercise, I don't smoke, and I get regular checkups. I also breastfed all four of my children for a total of 5- 1/2 years. I get regular mammograms. I had practically a "zero" chance of having breast cancer in my mind. Last year, my mammogram was apparently "clear" with dense breast tissue. This year, I have a 9x9cm linear calcification area consistent with ductal/invasive carcinoma. I was in shock. The news kept getting worse, it seemed. The biopsy indicated grade 3 aggressive type cells(but ER,PR positive, HER2 negative). Because of my young age, I was tested for the BRCA mutation. I have had no ovarian cancer in my family or young women with breast cancer. We do have cancer on both sides, but not those. I was convinced I did not have it. Of course I did- BRCA1- the worst one. I chose a double mastectomy. I could not find anyone locally to do NSM, so I flew to California for surgery. It was bad enough to have cancer, I did not want to be mutilated. I did not realize how much I liked my breasts until they were going to take them. Even though the nipples may stay (depending on frozen section), I will not have sensation. I did get to keep my nipples, but unfortunately, I had three positive nodes, no clear margins against my chest, and my invasive portion was >5cm, all indicating that I need radiation in addition to chemotherapy. Eventually I will have to have my ovaries out which I am not happy about either. I had my port placed and will start chemotherapy soon.

Distraction from my busy life with my children keep me grounded, my wonderful husband, and praying keep me going. My fantastic friends and family have been making us meals, supporting us, and praying for us as well. I have a long, bountiful life ahead of me & plan on sticking around for many many years!

Anonymous
Buffalo, NY

my struggle

In "07" my husband was diagnosed wit stage 3 colon cancer while takin care of him i found a knot in my left breast wit so much on me i convinced myself it was a swollen lymph node when i finally got some time for me i went to the dr only to b told i had stage 3a breast cancer my husband&i ended up doin chemo side by side i lost all my hair i did 16 wks of chemo & 35 treatments of radiation they removed my left breast& 18 lymph nodes under my arm in 2012 i went bk n 2 have my right breast removed due 2 another knot they did a tummy tuck 2 reconstruct i lost my husband of 13yrs on July 20 2012 it was his 35th bday im n remission@ this time i was dealt a horrible hand but its what u make it cancer will either break u or make u strongr i appreciate u takn the time 2 read my story r.i.p. Jason ward fly high bby 7/20/77-7/20/12 "we only part 2 meet again" i love&miss u boo

Cynthia Spann
Burns, TN

Tickled Pink

Last chemo treatment, made the sign the night before, happy, happy day! Remember, early detection is still our best defense, mine would not have been found without it. The phrase “Fight Like a Girl” takes on a whole new meaning after this. Although a difficult journey, you see things in a better perspective as all survivors know. Blessings to all who have fought the fight and are continuing to do so.

Cathy
Lowell, NC

WHERE ARE YOU?

I'm right here, standing beside you--holding you up as the tiredness of your last chemotherapy treatment is taking over. Now is the time to lie down and rest, and My Angels will be watching over you. Rest is healing. I am right beside you.

I'm right here, behind you--giving you gentle pushes forward since you are not feeling as strong in yourself today.

I'm right here, in front of you--leading the way over this rough cancer road for you, helping to make it a little more bearable.

I'm right here, inside you--as difficult as your journey is for you, you can still reach out and help others. I will help you to accomplish more than you thought possible.

I'm right here. I am your boss. I am your father. I love you like no other can.

And in the fall of 2010, while I was in treatment for breast cancer, He was right there in answer to my prayer--I wanted to help other women as they, too, traveled their own unique cancer journeys.

He is here when I ask Him to help me author special letters and testimonials.

He is right here, answering prayers that I have not even thought to say yet.

He is right here, meeting every need I have in order to administer The Sparkle Caps Project, as we uplift, empower, love and pray for other women through sponsored Sparkle Caps gift bags.

He is right here, helping me to tell other women that, in spite of our hair loss, we are HOT CHICKS.

WHERE ARE YOU? I am in you! And I am in you! And I am in you! I know your pain. I know your fears. Trust in Me and trust the plan that I have for you!

Susan "Victorious" Heimbigner
Sumter, SC

FOR KRISTEY in Chicago, IL

Kristey, I just read your post on this site, and I can understand where you are coming from. My breast cancer journey led me to start The Sparkle Caps Project while I was still in treatment, so I have heard all kinds of stories. You are not alone. True friends stand by your side through the thick and thin. Temporary friends turn the other way. I had that happen to me, too. My team and management at my job treated my badly, even trying to fire me once I told them I had breast cancer. BUT, through it all, I emerged stronger and closer to our heavenly Father. I am going to do a 2nd post because this one would be too long. May it bring you peace and comfort, because HE will never leave you. It is called "WHERE ARE YOU?"

Susan "Victorious" Heimbigner
Sumter, SC
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