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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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Test results and chemo holiday!!! by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer I consulted with Dr. Moulder, another breast cancer oncologist at MD Anderson who is working on the "Clearinghouse" research study.  This, as I mentioned earlier, is a data ... Read on »
October Craziness is Settling Down by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer October craziness is settling down here at The Pink Ribbon Shop.  Our little league football season is almost over, as is high school marching band season.  That means more ... Read on »
Pink Ribbon King Cake by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer It's breast cancer awareness month!  Time for all the pink ribbons to come out, time for the NFL to turn pink, and time for pink ribbon king cakes!  What's a pink ribbon ki ... Read on »
Our New Office -- Coming Soon by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Quick little update of what's going on here at The Pink Ribbon Shop... For the past several months, Danny and his Dad have been working on renovating a "shack" on o ... Read on »
Fundraising Milestone and Great News! by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Well, first things first ... Scans showed mostly "stable" findings.  There was slight increase in size of 2 nodules in the lung, but the increase was only about 2mm, which ... Read on »
Awaiting scan results, and other happenings by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Today, I anxiously await a call from my doctor regarding last week's bone scan and CT scans.  Usually I would have a follow-up appointment with the doctor to get the result ... Read on »
And it continues...the snowballing of side effects by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Sighhhhh.  You know how sometimes, it's just one thing after another?  That's how I'm feeling now.  When will it end?!  I don't even have time to write, in one post, all th ... Read on »
Pinkie Woes by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Here's me, rocking the bald look on a recent happy day on my back deck ... one of my favorite places. Got a lot to catch up on here!  Sorry for taking so long si ... Read on »
ARK by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Well I was pretty low when I wrote my last post.  I've had a lot of ups and downs with dealing with my appearance and limitations.  Sundays are especially hard, as I try to ... Read on »
Feeling blahhhh by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer I know it's normal to feel blah sometimes -- for cancer patients and non-cancer-patients alike!  Just venting here... I am sick sick sick of having to live within arm' ... Read on »
The latest ... I'm doing OK! by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer A few weeks ago, I had my usual round of every-three-month scans & tests.  And also a bone scan.  The CT scan of the chest & abdomen showed NO pleural effusion, NO enlarged ... Read on »
FUNDING THE CURE - Recap & Update! by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer How about a little good news!? If you're a regular follower of my blog or shop, you may remember that a little over a year ago, The Pink Ribbon Shop established The Pi ... Read on »
Hanging in there by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Not been the best couple of weeks... Still having pain behind knee.  As long as I do virtually no activity, I feel good.  Any time on my feet causes pain.  I am not do ... Read on »
Brief Update by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Well I thought that once October ended, I would have more time to blog, but that hasn't been the case.  We just hosted a Christmas party last weekend, and its grown so much ... Read on »
Great news & happy days by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Well, I finally had my CT scans & chest x-ray to determine the effectiveness of Abraxane, which I have been on for 12 weeks.  It's working!  CT scan of the chest shows "Int ... Read on »
I am no wonder woman! by thepinkribbonshop 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer So much time has passed since updated my blog, I'm sure I'll be leaving some things out.  I foolishly thought I would write more frequently, having more to say, once I star ... Read on »
Quick update by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Today I received my 3rd dose of Abraxane... First, the positives:  it is not causing nausea or vomiting, or even a decrease in my appetite (darn it on that one!), I am ... Read on »
Coming up ... big baldy by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer It's been a crazy busy summer, as usual.  The kids all went to Camp Lone Star, Christa flew to N.O. for a week (by herself!) and went to a Lutheran high school youth gather ... Read on »
Exciting news @ The Pink Ribbon Shop! by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Today is our "official" announcement about The Pink Ribbon Shop Fund for Breast Cancer Research at MD Anderson!  If you didn't get our promotional email, here's what was sa ... Read on »
Slow growing cancer ... Yay?!? by thepinkribbonshop Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer A couple of weeks ago, I visited MD Anderson for my 3 month check.  Good news and bad news.  CT scans showed minimal growth of tumors.  However, the radiologist also looked ... Read on »