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Please answer number ten lmao.

Arg, yes, I see the issue with that questionaire. But, feeling that this was made in early 2012, I will answer it thusly:

  • 10. Do you think your life will change dramatically before 2013?

Yeah, by the end of the year 2012 my entire world view on mortality, and my mother will shift. The woman who survived breast cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, a double radical mastectomy, full hysterectomy, and multiple biopsies and cancer removals will finally come to a battle she won’t be able to win. My mom, at the end of 2012, told me that she had been diagnosed with kidney cancer, and it had already metastasized. She would fight it for months but by december 2013, she concedes that the chemo isn’t working. She is still alive, but isn’t expected to make it to her next birthday, at the end of October. She survived so much and now, it seems survival tells her it is time to hang up the gloves and let life be what it is. 

Alumni GSP Rescue Dog Roxy Pretty In Pink!

Alumni GSP Rescue Dog Roxy Pretty In Pink!

Roxy, our former California GSP Rescue dog and Breast Cancer Survivor,  joins the Paws Fur Pink 5K Run/Walk for Breast Cancer as their Poster Dog this Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Liberty Station in San Diego.  For more information about this event,

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Roxy recently underwent a triple mastectomy after five hard lumps were discovered in her mammary tract.  She is a survivor, and…

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"Mastectomy"
for Alison Estabrook

I shook your hand before I went.
Your nod was brief, your manner confident,
A ship’s captain, and there I lay, a chart
Of the bay, no reefs, no shoals.
While I admired your boyish freckles,
Your soft green cotton gown with the oval neck,
The drug sent me away, like the unemployed.
I swam and supped with the fish, while you
Cut carefully in, I mean
I assume you were careful.
They say it took an hour or so.

I liked your freckled face, your honesty
That first visit, when I said
What’s my odds on this biopsy
And you didn’t mince words,
One out of four it’s cancer.
The degree on your wall shrugged slightly.
Your cold window onto Amsterdam
Had seen everything, bums and operas.
A breast surgeon minces something other
Than language.
That’s why I picked you to cut me.

Was I succulent? Was I juicy?
Flesh is grass, yet I dreamed you displayed me
In pleated paper like a candied fruit,
I thought you sliced me like green honeydew
Or like a pomegranate full of seeds
Tart as Persephone’s, those electric dots
That kept that girl in hell,
Those jelly pips that made her queen of death.
Doctor, you knifed, chopped and divided it
Like a watermelon’s ruby flesh
Flushed a little, serious
About your line of work
Scooped up the risk in the ducts
Scooped up the ducts
Dug out the blubber,
Spooned it off and away, nipple and all.
Eliminated the odds, nipped out
Those almost insignificant cells that might
Or might not have lain dormant forever.

—  Alicia Suskin Ostriker
Angelina Jolie's Decision to Make Her Double Mastectomy Public Helps Double Breast Cancer Tests in UK

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Hollywood star Angelina Jolie’s stance to come out with her decision to undergo double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer has seen the number of NHS referrals for genetic tests of breast cancer risk more than double, a new study reveals. According to the study led by Professor Gareth Evans of Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention, there was no evidence that the widespread media coverage given to the Angelina Jolie story had led to inappropriate referrals for testing, …

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Angelina Jolie’s Mammary Movement Continues One Year Later

Angelina Jolie’s Mammary Movement Continues One Year Later

Angelina Jolie’s Mammary Movement Continues One Year Later


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The 'Angelina Jolie effect': Her mastectomy revelation doubled NHS breast cancer testing referrals

The ‘Angelina Jolie effect’: Her mastectomy revelation doubled NHS breast cancer testing referrals

The ‘Angelina Jolie effect’: Her mastectomy revelation doubled NHS breast cancer testing referrals


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Hey Dolls. Happy Purple Friday! 💜🏈💜

Checking in (some of my followers contact me, if I’m quiet too long 😍). Achy, arm is really sore and the numbing meds have worn off, so before I take more pain meds and doze off, let me fill you in. 💌

4 procedures today. 2 biopsies, mammogram and another ultrasound guided needle procedure to place a marker in an area that was biopsied 2 weeks ago. Received 3 markers today. The procedure went a little like this: The skin on your breast is cleaned and then numbed with a local anesthetic to make you more comfortable. This will sting slightly and may make you feel jittery.
A small nick is made in your skin allowing for a thin needle to be inserted.
The needle is then guided to the biopsy area and used to remove several tiny samples of breast tissue. You should not feel discomfort, only slight pressure.
A marker may be permanently placed in your breast to allow radiologists and surgeons to identify the biopsy site on future mammograms. The marker is very small (approximately 4-6 mm) and is typically made of titanium. Note: The marker poses no health or safety risk and you will not feel or notice it. The marker will not affect security at the airport or a future MRI if needed.
A mammogram is taken after the procedure to ensure the samples are adequate.
Pressure is applied to your breast for a few minutes. A small bandage is placed over the skin nick and you will be provided with an ice pack to apply over the biopsy site.

Still can’t believe I am going through all of this again. Breast cancer at 26 and 36. Young women CAN and DO get breast cancer! Some of us get it twice. 🙍 My life after cancer.. ~ Madame President
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Breast cancer test ‘Angelina Jolie impact’ found

Referrals to bosom growth facilities multiplied in the UK after Angelina Jolie advertised she had a twofold mastectomy to counteract breast disease.

The performer uncovered in May a year ago she had the surgery, in the wake of being told she had a 87% shot of the ailment on account of a high-chance quality.

The news energized ladies with certified worries about their family history to get exhortation, a study found.

Around 5% of breast tumors are thought to be innate.

“The Angelina Jolie impact has been enduring and worldwide, and seems to have expanded referrals to focuses suitably,” said a group headed by Prof Gareth Evans of the University of Manchester.

The analysts took a gander at referrals to more than 20 hereditary focuses and facilities in the UK after the story hit the press in May 2013.

In June and July the quantity of GP referrals for hereditary guiding and DNA tests for breast growth changes expanded more than two times contrasted and the same period in 2012.

The study, distributed in the diary, Breast Cancer Research, discovered referrals stayed at double the past year’s figure from August to October.

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Why Do People Develop Anxiety and Depression Problems?

My mother was a beautiful woman — homecoming queen in high school. But when she was older, breast cancer left several scars, only a few that you could physically see. When my twin brother and I were 9 months old, she had a mastectomy. Three months later, my father divorced her, moving in with his mistress. And like many young boys around the globe, we were left without an adult male role model. Nobody to teach us how to ride a bike without hands, change a flat tire, strum a guitar, be a good storyteller, and ask insightful questions to trigger new friendships. My mom recognized this and when we turned 7 years old, she began a quest to find us a father. I remember that she dated three guys at the same time to speed up the pace of finding “the one.”

I distinctively remember bachelor #2. Sometime after their first date, we were invited to his house. A shrine to Herbie The Car memorabilia (yes, Disney’s talking 1963 Volkswagen Beetle). Instead of a moose head wall mount, there lied the front hood of a Herbie car busting out of tiles above the fireplace. Needless to say, these decorations have since been proven by psychologists to be 100 percent accurate in detecting 42-year-old virgins.

I remember returning to our house after an afternoon fishing with Herbie boy. My mom asked us what we thought of him. I remember the resignation in her face — a full acknowledgment that she was willing to pursue men of subpar quality to ensure our needs were met. I wish I was older at the time, more comfortable in my skin, wiser, so that I could tell her, “Forget us, we’re fine under your watch, and we refuse to spend time with any men that you wouldn’t want to snuggle next to on the porch, snorting from laughing so hard — so what do you want?” But alas, my brother and I said nothing or mumbled the words “he was okay.”

If only.

If only she could look at herself as beautiful (as we did) — a lost breast being inconsequential, a derelict first husband being irrelevant.

If only she could tolerate the pain of being alone, until the right person showed up and if not, we will thrive as a household of three.

If only she knew that it was normal to be scared, doubtful, and lonely raising two little boys with death breathing a bit too heavily on her neck.

Perhaps I will rewrite history. This was the moment I decided on my answer to the question that journalists, students, and cab drivers continue to ask — If you could give someone one piece of advice on how to be happy, what would it be? My answer has been consistent for over a decade — the ability to tolerate pain.

The amount of scientific research to support this point continues to grow. Just today, a study was published on what predicts whether or not an adult develops generalized anxiety disorder or depression in their life. (1) The researchers studied 347 adults seeking psychological treatment. What did they find? Adults with a strong ability to tolerate the presence of negative emotions (high distress tolerance) and a willingness to experience fear openly without worry about what these thoughts and sensations mean (low anxiety sensitivity) only had a 3 percent chance of meeting criteria for a diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder. In stark contrast, adults with an inability to tolerance discomfort and a strong fear of fear had a 38 percent chance of meeting criteria for Major Depressive Disorder. The findings were nearly identical in predicting who ended up with a diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

People who lack the capacity to withstand physical discomfort, negative emotions, frustration, and uncertainty are at a marked disadvantage in life. When faced with challenges, they react with greater emotional distress but this is not the problem. Instead of dealing with the challenge at hand, their energy gets diverted to worrying, procrastinating, and pursuing harmful activities to take away the pain — from excessive alcohol and drug use, binging and purging behaviors, and verbal and physical aggression toward others. Essentially, instead of living their lives, people with a low tolerance for discomfort, spin their wheels trying to rid themselves of pain and avoiding situations that might arouse frustrating, ambiguous, tense, or uncomfortable. What do you think happens when you attempt to remove yourself from uncomfortable situations? Your mind, body, and spirit start to atrophy.

Read the groundbreaking research by Dr. Steven Hayes, Kelly Wilson, and others on psychological flexibility, and you will discover one important fact: The cultural message that “you should feel good and try not to feel bad” is among one of the most toxic processes known to psychology.

When we attempt to divorce ourselves from pain, we end up feeling nothing pleasurable or meaningful at all. When we better understand, tolerate, and harness distressing thoughts and feelings, and become aware of the situations when they are helpful, we become empowered. We gain vitality. We become whole.

References:

1. Allan, N. P., Macatee, R. J., Norr, A. M., & Schmidt, N. B. (2014). Direct and Interactive Effects of Distress Tolerance and Anxiety Sensitivity on Generalized Anxiety and Depression. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 38, 530-540.

2. Hayes, S. C., Wilson, K. G., Gifford, E. V., Follette, V. M., & Strosahl, K. (1996). Experiential avoidance and behavioral disorders: A functional dimensional approach to diagnosis and treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64, 1152-1168.

3. Kashdan, T. B., Farmer, A. S., Adams, L. M., Ferssizidis, P., McKnight, P. E., & Nezlek, J. B. (2013). Distinguishing healthy adults from people with social anxiety disorder: Evidence for the value of experiential avoidance and positive emotions in everyday social interactions. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122, 645-655.


Learn how to enhance your capacity to tolerate, accept, & use pain effectively, pick up — The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why being your whole self — not just your “good” self — drives success and fulfillment

Dr. Todd B. Kashdan is a public speaker, psychologist, and professor of psychology and senior scientist at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University. His new book, The upside of your dark side: Why being your whole self — not just your “good” self — drives success and fulfillment is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Booksamillion, Powell’s or Indie Bound. If you’re interested in speaking engagements or workshops, go to www.toddkashdan.com.

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Angelina Jolie Helped Double The Number Of British Women Getting Tested For Breast Cancer

After the actress announced her double mastectomy in May 2013, record numbers of women were referred to breast cancer clinics in the UK.

Referrals to breast cancer clinics have more than doubled since Angelina Jolie announced her double mastectomy in May last year, the BBC reported. The phenomenon has been dubbed “the Angelina Jolie effect”.

“The Angelina Jolie effect has been long-lasting and global, and appears to have increased referrals to centres appropriately,” Professor Gareth Evans of the University of Manchester told the BBC.

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“Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimise the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex.”

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It was also revealed In the study, published in the Breast Cancer Research journal, that referrals stayed at twice the previous year’s amount in August through October.

Evans said Jolie’s announcement was “likely to have had a bigger impact than other celebrity announcements”, possibly because of “her image as a glamorous and strong woman”.

“This may have lessened patients’ fears about a loss of sexual identity post-preventative surgery and encouraged those who had not previously engaged with health services to consider genetic testing,” he said.

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Double mastectomy: 'Angelina Effect' in referrals for genetic counseling and breast cancer testing

Referrals for genetic counseling and testing for breast cancer risk more than doubled across the UK after actress Angelina Jolie announced in May last year that she tested positive for a BRCA1 gene mutation and underwent a double mastectomy. The rise in referrals continued through to October long after the announcement was made, a study shows.



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Angelina Jolie Effect Ups Breast Cancer Screening

Angelina Jolie Effect Ups Breast Cancer Screening

Women’s Health (SGMAG) Angelina Jolie’s decision to make public her double mastectomy in 2013 more than doubled the number of women around the world to get breast cancer screening tests, according to a new study.

Jolie, 39, one of the worlds biggest celebrities and high-profile human rights campaigner, announced her surgery in May of last year, saying she acted after testing positive for a…

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