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thepinkribbonshop

Originally diagnosed with stage II breast cancer at age 32 in 2000, I have been living with stage IV cancer since 2006. From the mundane everyday to the monthly cancer treatments, I chronicle it all in my blog, called "Ya Only Live Once ... A Survivor's Journey." I am also collecting... Full Bio
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Vacation, and moving on to new treatment by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Many months ago, I booked us a family vacation in the mountains of Arkansas.  At the time, I didn't know where I would be on my cancer journey, but I figured that if I didn ... Read on »
Update ... and here's to more birthdays! by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Well it's been several weeks since my last post, and I am feeling better than I have in a long time!  I seem to have more energy (although I do get worn out and short of br ... Read on »
Adventures of a Stage IV Cancer Patient by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Soooo, it turns out that the feelings of lung improvement (cough, etc) and ability to eat more was a very short-lived phenomena.  :(  It lasted maybe about a week before I ... Read on »
Enjoying food again! Anxiously awaiting next scans. by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Well, I made it through another cancer-induced PIT!  I feel somewhat silly for the extreme feelings of doom-and-gloom I get when I experience a traumatic event involving ef ... Read on »
Quality of Life Issues by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Despite using the baking soda mouthwash and "magic" mouthwash recommended by Dr. Coscio, the mouth sores continued to worsen and multiply.  My weight has steadily decreased ... Read on »
The Latest from the Cancer Front by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer My long-awaited appointment with Dr. M to discuss getting on a clinical trial finally happened a couple of weeks ago!  After a VERY long wait to see the doctor, what she pr ... Read on »
My "imperfect," but memorable, vacation by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Vacation is over, and my long awaited appointment with Dr. M regarding clinical trials was last week.  So lots of news to report! Danny & I had a nice time on our vac ... Read on »
New Plan ... Renewed Hope! by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Interestingly, I came upon a Bible verse that is so fitting to my current struggles, it's uncanny ... but NOT coincidental!  Actually it's more like a prayer.  Isaiah 35:3 ... Read on »
Side Effects of Chemo Outweighing Benefits? by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Hello all!  It's been an eventful  two months on the cancer front.  I'm so thankful that (1) Danny is no longer working at the accounting firm, and (2) It is Summer so our ... Read on »
So far, so good on new chemo! And other stuff... by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Two Fridays ago I started on Eribulin, and SO FAR, SO GOOD!  I was a little tired over the first weekend, but since I had not yet regained all my strength from the pits of ... Read on »
Update by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer My next treatment step was going to be a clinical trial.  I read over the literature and immediately felt overwhelmed by the trial's crazy scheduling requirements.  But aft ... Read on »
Radiation is kicking my butt! by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer So, I saw Dr. Coscio Monday to report that I am not doing well!  I'm suffering from extreme fatigue and diarrhea.  This is the worse I've felt while on cancer treatments of ... Read on »
Really struggling...battling f ... by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Really struggling...battling feelings of hopelessness & despair. Not getting along with anyone, not feeling well. Run down, tired, worn out, angry. Almost exclusively readin ... Read on »
Trying to remain positive by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Well I think the combination of steroids and sleeping aids are making me crazy!  At least I hope that's what it is, because if not, I'm definitely heading for the loony bin ... Read on »
Not necessarily doomed! by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer In this world you will have trouble ... After receiving the news Friday, I admit that we were pretty bummed!  I had a really nice girls day out / birthday luncheon wit ... Read on »
Cancer Progression by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer This past week I had my routine CT of chest, abdomen & pelvis, chest x-ray, and bone scan.  After some new disturbing symptoms developed a couple of weeks ago, an MRI of th ... Read on »
Prayers needed by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer I will be brief today.  My family and I are in need of prayer.  This week I have my routine, every-3-month scans, and also a couple extra tests.  I've been having some new ... Read on »
Health & Office Update by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Since my last post I've received a full cycle of Abraxane (Once weekly x3 weeks.)  Next week is my one week off, then I see Dr. Coscio and most likely proceed to another cy ... Read on »
Happy New Year, Y'all! by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Happy New Year!  The holiday season is over, and so is my chemo holiday.  This week I resumed my weekly Abraxane and monthly Zometa infusions.  It was great not having t ... Read on »
Thanks Obama! by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Just thought I'd throw my two cents in ... For the past 7 years, my health insurance has been through the Texas Insurance Risk Pool.  It's insurance for people with pr ... Read on »