2013 November | MVP Cancer Courage

Tamoxifen.

Nov 17, 2013 by

No one talks much about it.  Probably because after surgeries and various treatment plans such as chemo or radiation, Tamoxifen seems like the light at the end of the tunnel for a breast cancer patient.  In a way, it is…….but don’t be fooled into thinking its a “walk in the park”.  I’ve been on it for four months now and it has NOT been easy.  The first thing that hits you is the hot flashes and the night sweats, then you add in weight gain, fatigue, headaches and joint pain.  When I started feeling these side effects, especially the joint pain, I was worried.  I knew that this drug blocks your estrogen and throws you into early menopause, but the aching joints really alarmed me.   I went in to see the oncologist and she put...

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Yoga for a Cure!

Nov 10, 2013 by

Coming Up: Yoga for the Cure, Oct. 20 17 Oct, 2013 By Polly Kreisman submitted by  Laurie Wolk We’ve heard it said  “it takes a village,” but until someone faces a situation that requires the support of friends, family and strangers, one doesn’t truly know what this means. Mary Olson Menzel knows.  Nearly 9 months ago, Mary was diagnosed with Stage 1 Breast Cancer. The diagnosis took Mary completely by surprise. As a working mom with an amazing toddler boy at home, two terrific step children and a husband she adores, Mary was unprepared for the enormity of all the decisions, doctor appointments, treatments and special care it would take to get her healthy again.  She was also taken aback by how tired she would feel all the time.  Friends, family and neighbors sprung...

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Work.

Nov 10, 2013 by

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your  life. – Confucius Aside from amazing Doctors, wonderful family and friends……..my work was another thing that kept me going through the tough days. I am lucky enough to have an amazing business partner and wonderful co-workers who helped me along every step of the way.  It was nice to be able to take some of the focus off of what I was going through and be productive with my team and with my clients.  I never stopped working, some days I worked a lot less than others but I worked through it all.  I remember being on a client call – on painkillers after my second surgery and not missing a beat. Last year my dear friend from business school,...

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