ABOUT

June 2, 2013

CancerIsNotPinkLogo300x300“Cancer Is Not Pink”is a place where I can keep track of every step of this journey as I move breast cancer out of my life. This blog is not dedicated to writing about breast cancer exclusively. I love to write and will mix fun into my writings here as I join writing and photography communities. But, for now, back to breast cancer, it’s amazing how much has already become foggy in only a week, there is so much going on.

So far, everyday, since they called me back for the 2nd mammogram, my life has become “about” appointments and networking with family members and friends who have survived breast cancer.  Every story differs, every cancer situation is unique as well as courses of treatment.  Yet, I have been diligent talking with so many cancer survivors and so thankfully blessed that yes, these women are a part of a sisterhood that none chose to join, but willingly put themselves out there to help other women who are just beginning their journey, like me.

As I said, this is my journey, my journal, to help me remember dates, tests, procedures, appointments and whatever else I may need to remember. It may also be of benefit to my family since there is a strong history of cancer on both maternal and paternal sides. It is not intended to give advice to anyone, but, if sharing my story may be of help to someone, that’s good.

My initial diagnosis came on June 24, 2013…I received the particulars of the Biopsy report EXCEPT for the prognostic marker studies. Here are the particulars:

“Well-differentiated infiltrating mammary carcinoma with focal tubular features.”

Researching this at Johns Hopkins, I found the following:

“well-differentiated” means this is not an aggressive cancer – good news!
“infiltrating mammary carcinoma” means even though it is not aggressive, there’s always a possibility that it could spread. BUT, I am feeling lucky! Right?
“focal tubular features” is a particular type of the well-differentiated aspect with a good prognosis.

This is good news!!

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©Swoosieque
Mikey and I in 2013

Since beginning this blog, as I have been counting down my own five-year survival mark after having breast cancer removed from my body, a tragedy struck in June of 2015. One of my sons, Mikey, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died after a grueling experience with it. I have forever been changed, especially after watching him die slowly before my very eyes.

 

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in my blog is about my experience and in no way is intended to suffice for medical advice.

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81 responses to “ABOUT

  1. You can beat this. Keep your spirits up. My grandson, Michael, conquered brain cancer at the age of two. It is in my blog. Maybe if you read it, it might help. Good luck. Barry

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  2. Hey there! So why do they associate the battle against cancer with the color pink? Anyway thanks for following my blog, I hope you are enjoying it! Best wishes, Zainab

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    • Not sure, but I think it originated with the pink ribbon which began with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and from there, pink evolved with breast cancer awareness so that pink, in general, calls up thoughts of breast cancer.

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  3. Just wanted to say thanks for the lovely poem, will use it at my Mum’s funeral.

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  4. You write about this stuff well, sister. Thanks for following the Jenn stories.

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  5. I can’t begin to thank you enough for stopping over and visiting my humble blog-o-thing! It truly means so very much to me. Be inspired and please take care.

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  6. Wishing you all the very best!
    Love, Dina

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  7. Hi, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Congratulations! Please check out this post for details: http://zainabjavid.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/the-versatile-blogger-award/

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  8. Thanks for the follow! Cancer sucks. Keep working at kicking its a$$!!!! ~Gina

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  9. Hi dear friend. Your blog has truly inspired me. I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Please accept and keep up the good work. Keep on fighting 😀

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  11. Just to let you know that I have nominated your blog for the Leibster award: http://yellowmumblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/976/

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  13. Hey there. Hope you are doing well this spring day. I’ve nominated you for a lighthouse award. You can see the nomination and rules (this one doesn’t have many-yah) here: http://psychologistmimi.com/2014/03/31/as-a-puerto-rican-who-loves-lighthouses-im-excited-to-be-nominated-for-a-lighthouse-award/ If you don’t do/accept nominations, it’s cool as well. Cheers. Mimi

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  14. Hello! I have nominated you for the Liebster award. If you are interested in participating, please feel free to stop by at (http://ubecute.com/2014/04/20/share-the-love-with-the-liebster-award/) and check out the rules. Either way, I just wanted to acknowledge you and your work.

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  15. something about courage as are many others the courage you display to face your obstacles is a welcome boost to remember to keep fighting well done ,, done soon I hope god [non religious moniker I use as short for great other dimension] bless !!!!!
    collage very cool idea I like!!!!!!!

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  16. Hey there! Just tuned into your blog randomly and gave you a follow. If you like, come visit me and join the fun at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com. Have a great day!

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  17. You are an inspiration! Wish you all the best 🙂

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  18. I love your blog! You are a great writer and very funny. I am a nurse and professor and have lived 25 years with a diagnosis of less well differentiated cells, so that is good news for you.I also taught at UMAB and had students at the University of Maryland in the 80″s, so I know Johns Hopkins and it seems like a great place. I imagine you are in very good hands.
    Ellen from deluca2014.com

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    • Thank you ever so much for your compliments! I feel honored to add you to my ‘breast cancer resources’ links. It is especially important to know that you have been through this! And, survived 25 years! You’d need a big cupcake to hold those 25 candles!
      Thank you again for stopping by. But, please remember to use the term “Breast Cancer” in both, categories AND tags in your posts – one is not the same as the other. 😀

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  19. Swoosieque
    Thanks for the advice-just learning!

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  20. Interesting essay you got here … gave me an idea how I should write about the day I was born could be interesting — your is, many great things happen that year when you can into being 🙂

    Good luck in your journey, I feel for you — my family and I went through the cycle of cancer with my Mom, it was hard but it was also a life changing experience, growing in love for the gift of life.

    xox

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  21. Hi, thank you for “liking” my Dialysis Kidney post, good to meet you! 🙂

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  22. Thank you for being brave and sharing your story. God bless! 🙂

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  23. Thank you for visiting and liking my blog entry.
    I am a breast cancer survivor – five and a half years cancer-free! 🙂
    All the very best in your own journey along the road to beating cancer! 🙂

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  24. Thanks for visiting and liking my blog. If you like your can download and pray the Prayer book for the sick. This is a very good prayer. I pray it daily.

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  25. Thanks for visiting my blog, Swoosieque. I, too, am a breast cancer survivor. (stage two) I had my surgery in Dec 1980 when I was 27.
    I’m intrigued to learn that the things that happened during your birth year happened in mine as well! I was here and squalling before Hillary topped Mt. Everest.
    Best wishes in your recovery process.

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  26. I am hooked to keep coming back here to read your posts and for that I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award and I hope you will accept and pass it forward. Here is the link http://mydecadelongtravels.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/first-nomination-one-lovely-blog-award/

    Keep on writing. Good luck.

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  27. Hi, On October 9 you posted this on my blog:
    “Write what is in your heart, let it lead you. Let the critics have their say, but write, write, write anyway.”. Would you be so kind as to grant me permission to begin my intro with this please? In return, I would be glad to post you a copy of a hardcover copy of my book (postage paid), we are targeting mid December! Please let me know, thanks! Vonita.

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    • Oh Sweetie, I feel honored at your request but you owe me nothing! Of course you may use what I posted on your blog on Oct. 9th and I am so happy that your book will be out in mid December! How exciting!

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      • Yes! Very exciting, I’m pumped! But I don’t think I will be selling many, will have to order a bulk batch, I am of the type – would you like a book, here gift from me! (I love my book!) Thank you, I’ve already done the introduction, and used that little quote it fits in perfectly, but I thought perhaps I should clear it with the author first! 🙂

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  28. Really enjoyed your introduction, and I do wish you every success with your plan to rid yourself of the cancer. Such a vibrant person hasn’t time for such things!! Thanks so much for following my blog!

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  29. Blessings and more blessings!! How courageous of you to write about it!!

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  30. You are up for another award because you rock that much! It’s a the Liebster Award. You can check out the rules here:
    http://cartervail.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/liebster-award/

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  31. Just thought I would give you a Great BIG virtual hug😇

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  32. Just passing through to wish you a happy thanksgiving!

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    • Sorry I missed this, I was sick on Thanksgiving and still fighting a blasted head cold but trying to catch up with my blogging friends. I hope yours was filled with good food and family and friends! 😀

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  33. Hi Swoosie Que,

    I came across your blog via Blog Her (NaBloPoMo) and am following you. I nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Thank you for your writing!

    http://tiffscribes.com/2014/12/29/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

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  34. Hi Swoosieque I hope you don’t mind but I nominated you for the Premio Dardos Award, it’s sitting on my blog just waiting for you

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  35. Hello there! I just wanted to say that you have an incredible blog, and I enjoy reading your work. I also think your writing is inspiring, refreshing, and apt!

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    • Thank you so much. I haven’t been writing much lately, my son had pancreatic cancer and recently passed on. My sorrow is so deep right now, but, when I start writing again… it’s like the saying, “When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person that walked in. That’s what the storm is all about.”

      Thanks so much for your kind words.

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  36. I am so sorry to hear of your son’s passing. This is such a terrible disease. I have lost so many loved ones to it. I can only imagine the pain you are in and I grieve with you.

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  37. Tina, The Bo Bina

    I was prepared to congratulate you on beating your struggles with breast cancer and say “you go girl!”, but I just read your comment above about your son, and I too am so very sorry… I lost a couple family members to cancer within the last 10 years, and my heart breaks even to this day anytime I see photos of all of us… the saying about the storm that you quoted is so apropos, adding that you become a stronger person when you come out. Just like another saying, which is my favorite, that goes “that which does not kill us makes us stronger”.

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  38. I first heard the saying from the movie “Steel Magnolias”, which is one of my alltime favorite!

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  39. Swoosieque, we haven’t heard from you in a while. How are you doing?

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