Topic: Take the Fright Out of Breast Cancer™

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Posted on: Sep 5, 2017 03:24PM - edited Sep 22, 2017 04:10PM by moderators

Posted on: Sep 5, 2017 03:24PM - edited Sep 22, 2017 04:10PM by moderators

moderators wrote:

Hello Community!

We started this education and fundraising campaign to address fear as one of the many barriers that may keep people from getting the best care possible. We know we can never remove all of the fears around breast cancer. We know everyone responds to and lives with fear differently. Our goal is to motivate people to courageously and confidently make informed health and life decisions.


Share the facts about breast cancer and breast health found in our toolkit.
Host a fundraising event (make it a Halloween party if you think that will help your friends and loved ones get involved).
Contribute your stories of addressing your own fears of breast cancer (just as no two cancers are alike, there is no one way through it).
Support each other by joining our growing community.

BREASTCANCER.ORG'S MISSION is a nonprofit organization dedicated to informing and empowering people to protect their breast health and overcome the challenges of breast cancer. For more than 18 years, we have provided expert medical information to millions to help reduce the fears and anxieties associated with a diagnosis by providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer, as well as hosting the largest and most active online breast cancer peer community.


Your support funds's educational and support programs. In a moment when many feel overwhelmed by their diagnosis and the critical decisions they have to make about their care, is there to answer their most pressing questions about breast cancer and connect them to a supportive peer community when they need it.

To quote Jackie, a Community member:

"Whenever I would have a new symptom or a question would pop into my mind, I could always find the answer on"

Your generous support is vital because it helps us deliver on our mission. Every gift counts. Give today in support of the millions who rely and depend on, not just this October, but every day.

Thank you!

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Sep 15, 2017 05:19PM poseygirl wrote:

Just tried with two cards but was declined. I know that at least one of my cards is ok. I'll figure it out on my end and try again tomorrow!

Radiation Therapy 1/11/2016 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Dx 6/23/2016, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 7/11/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 9/15/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 11/29/2016 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Right); Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Right) Hormonal Therapy 12/21/2016 Femara (letrozole)

Sep 15, 2017 05:57PM - edited Sep 15, 2017 06:02PM by lita19901

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Dx 6/24/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/21/2017 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal

Sep 15, 2017 06:07PM - edited Sep 15, 2017 06:15PM by lita19901

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Dx 6/24/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/21/2017 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal

Sep 15, 2017 06:22PM lita19901 wrote:

Would it not be more fitting to have a BC campaign slogan entitled "Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid" rather than "Take the Fright out of BC?"

The statistics for early stage BC are scary as h@ll. Why sugar coat it? Why not shout this from the rooftops to get people's attention and work on fundraising that way

Dx 6/24/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/21/2017 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal

Sep 15, 2017 06:56PM - edited Sep 15, 2017 07:12PM by nihahi

I am realistic enough to understand that bco needs funds to support its "purposes and goals".

I am cynical enough to question the amount of funds that are directed to "administration costs", as per charity navigator info.

I am ethical enough to believe that raising funds in a way that causes pain and distress to the same group that is supposed to be helped by the fundraising is just plain wrong. (Last I heard...PETA doesn't sell furcoats to help fund animal shelters, as an example of what I mean.)

Offensive fundraiser events/promos have been almost yearly amount of discussion, distress or outrage by bco members seems to change this.

"Comparison is the thief of joy" Dx 10/1991, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR- Surgery 11/7/1991 Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/29/1991 Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Methotrexate (Amethopterin, Mexate, Folex) Hormonal Therapy 5/31/1992 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 10/7/1992 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 5/7/1997 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 4/12/2013 Reconstruction (right): Free TRAM flap Surgery 1/8/2014 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 4/14/2014 Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction

Sep 15, 2017 08:16PM - edited Sep 15, 2017 08:20PM by marijen

I agree that there are drugs I need to save my life, but I know drug companies don't exist for charity.Many BC charities are supported by drug companies, as BCO is. But as a community, we are contributing by posting and sharing our experiences. We shouldn't have to feel guilty about accepting BCO services without charge, including forums for us to chat.

Sep 15, 2017 08:55PM Tresjoli2 wrote:

I wish you had just run a fundraising campaign on here with members. Just like PBS does once a year. Would have been so much better....

Diagnosed at age 40 after going for my baseline mammogram. Dx 4/21/2015, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+, Dx 4/21/2015, DCIS, Left, 4cm, Stage 0, Grade 3 Surgery 5/18/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Targeted Therapy 6/19/2015 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 6/19/2015 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 8/7/2015 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 9/24/2015 Whole breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/11/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)

Sep 15, 2017 08:59PM - edited Sep 15, 2017 09:07PM by traveltext

Well put marijen. I've gone through both pharmaceutical and financial toxicity to get where I am today. I also acknowledge that drug companies likely saved my life. And I couldn't agree more that we shouldn't have to feel guilty about accepting BCO's charitable services without charge.

NED breast and prostate cancer. Dx 03/14, IBC, Lgth. 2cm, Stge IIIB, Gde 2B, ER+/PR+, HER2- ; FEC x3, Taxol x3; Mx & 2/23 nodes; Rads x 33; now on tamoxofin.

Sep 15, 2017 09:32PM shepkitty wrote:

Mari - Christmas would be much better! Much more publicity and hype than Halloween.

Naughty youngsters finding lumps of nasties in the cups of the brassieres that they had hung from the mantle with care...

And the carols to be sung!

( to the tune of Silver Bells)

" Chemo bells, chemo bells

It's my last time

in infusion.

Hearts will sing, my hands still wring

with fear I'll be back

here someday"

Darn it Mari..... I'll be up composing all night! Snarksters ought not to encourage each other ;)

Tresjoli2 - I was just about to submit my comments when I saw your post. Your suggestion is by far the best! I've often wondered why there was not more of an effort to remind members of the need for donations to support this site. Bravo!

( we could still sing cancer carols, right?)

"Keep passing open windows" Dx 2/2013 Stage IV mets to bones/spine, IDC, Left, 1cm, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2-. Dx 1/23/2017 brain mets. Bone Rads, 2 Kyphoplasty, 1 Craniotomy, 3 Gamma Knife. Xeloda May 2017. DX 11/7/17 DCIS,Left, Ibrance 6/18

Sep 15, 2017 09:36PM - edited Sep 15, 2017 09:40PM by marijen

Maybe Frighty Halloween will bomb and forever be forgotten.

Shepkitty you are a poet and don't know it. Is that how it goes? How can I ever hear jingle bells again : )


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