Lost Inspiration



About Flame



Sydney Australia

Initial diagnosis: June 2004
3.5cm tumour
8/29 lymph nodes lumpectomy, high dose-dense chemo, radiotherapy


Diagnosed with mets: July 2009
Bones: Spine, ribs, skull, thigh, hip
Liver mets: 4, (3 small, one 4.5cm and large diffuse area of smaller mets)
Symptoms: pain in back, ribs; nausea, reduced appetite, weight loss, fatigue

5 treatments of radiation (mid spine, lower back and right femur)

September 09: liver mets have shrunk, bone mets stable, pain under control.
Symptoms: fatigue. Increased appetite, swollen cheeks, hair on face, thinner skin (from dex, probably)
Dec 09: liver mets progressed; bone mets progressed.

Treatment currently:
Naprosyn (an NSAID)


You know what this is because it’s coming from Julian, Alinta’s (Flame) partner, not the marvelous darling girl herself.

Alas, some time before dawn on Tuesday 16 November 2010 in Sydney, Australia my darling girl went to bed at night and stayed forever in the night…

In her unforgettable style she asked me to point out to the list a few things about the median and then added her comments. Here goes…

“A few buses come on time according to the time table. Some are earlier than the timetable. Some later. The “median arrival” is usually after the timetabled arrival because it’s easier to get delayed than it is to catch up. Half of the buses arrive before the median. Half arrive after the median. That’s why it’s “median” – like “median strip” – it’s the middle, the centre of the action. Some arrive very very late. Some arrive early.

It’s the same, she says, for terminal disease. HALF the people die before the median, and HALF after the median. Median – all there is to it. There’s no magic. There’s no interpretation. Hoping for a bus to come early or late requires what sequence of events to happen? All the traffic must slow down for the bus to be on time – while all the other drivers are hoping for the same thing.

Terminal disease is the same. Some people will last a very long time, others very short. The median time is the time by which half the people are gone. Just like there are more late buses than early ones we notice the long-lasting people more than the quick ends – they are around longer to be noticed. Hoping to last longer (or shorter) requires all kinds of things to happen. “Hoping” cannot and will not ever affect the rate at which hydrogen or oxygen molecules attach to, or separate from, a chemical compound. Ultimately that is what disease (and life) is – molecules dancing together and splitting apart. What we MAKE of that dancing, what we understand, what we appreciate, love and hate… those things don’t affect molecules.

OK. Got it?

Median: half gone, half still with us.
Long lasters: way up higher than the median
Short lasters: much much shorter than the median.
Hope: affects relationships if you act on it and does not affect chemical processes.

Focus your hopes on PEOPLE, people – not on fantasies about changing chemistry.

Notice that I died smack inside my median period of 18 to 20 months after diagnosis.

Way it goes.

And guess what?

In THIS argument I get the last word. HA!

Love to you all. May your lives be as long and as happy as they can be. Find opportunities to be nice to others. Refuse to accept being treated poorly if you possibly can.

You all made my time with bcmets richer and better.

Thank you.

And for the last time…









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Husband Luis and two daughters.


AnaMary1 passed this morning 37 years young TNBC







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I want y’all to know that Ana (AnaMary) went very peacefully this morning around 8am at home. Her friends and family were with her. Three girlfriends of hers had a slumber party 4 her last night. She is an angel now. Her girls were at the beach with some friends and are probably at home by now. Please Pray 4 Luis and his girls. Ana’s fight is over and Luis’ has just begun. She had gotten so, so sick in the end, I am thankful she is healthy and whole dancing with Jesus but miss her so already!!! Gone too soon…………My heart is just so heavy!!!!
Having a hard time stopping crying and really need to change gears for Easter and my kids sakes my 6 year old daughter says no more tears in the Easter egg dye….




In Loving Memory Ana Maria Alvarez


October 13 1973 – April 23 2011


Ana Maria Alvarez, 37, born in Spain and a resident of Daphne, passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at home after a long time illness. She was an active and tireless volunteer, serving in the Daphne PTA, the Girl Scouts, and Breast Cancer Awareness.


She is survived by her husband, Luis D. Alvarez, Daphne; her daughters, Elizabeth and Alison Alvarez, both of Daphne; her mother, Mireya G. Figuero, Union City, NJ and her father, Ignacio Sainz, Miami, FL; brother in law, Ogniel Alvarez and his family , Miami, FL; sisters in law, Angela Gayle & her family, Daphne and Denise Valencia & her family, Davie, FL; her mother in law, Sonia Alvarez, Miami,FL.


A celebration of AnaÕs Life will be held at 3:00pm, on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 1497 Shell Lane, Fort Morgan Rd., Gulf Shores, AL, at mile marker #2, near Tacky Jacks.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Ana Alvarez Education Account, c/o Community Bank, 2101 U.S. Highway 98, Daphne, AL, 36526.








Birth 13 Oct 1973, Spain.  Death 23 April 2011.
Ana Maria Alvarez, 37, a native of Spain and a resident of Daphne, died Saturday, April 23, 2011 at home after a long time illness.
She was an active and tireless volunteer, serving in the Daphne PTA, the Girls Scouts, and Breast Cancer Awareness.
Survivors include her husband, Luis D. Alvarez of Daphne; two daughters, Elizabeth and Alison Alvarez, both of Daphne; her mother, Mireya G. Figuero of Union City, N.J., her father, Ignacio Sainz of Miami; brother-in-law, Ogniel Alvarez and his family of Miami; sisters-in-law, Angela Gayle and family of Daphne and Denise Valencia and family of Davie, Fla.; and mother-in-law, Sonia Alvarez of Miami.
A Celebration of Life was held Sunday, May 1 in Gulf Shores.
The family requests memorial donations be made to The Ana Alvarez Education Account, c/o Community Bank, 2101 U.S. Highway 98, Daphne, AL 36526.
Arrangements were made by Hughes Cremation & Funeral Service, Daphne. Online condolences may be made at hughesfuneralservice.com.
Published Wednesday, May 4, 2011, The Independent, Robertsdale, Alabama, Page 9A










Anita Joan SOLOMON              AJS


About AJS



I was diagnosed with MBC in February, 2007 after years of annual mammagrams and repeated visits to my internist about my worsening “arthritis.” So much for proactive heath care!
After CT, MRI, bone and PET scans, no tumor could be found anywhere but a bone marrow biopsy revealed “occasional ER positive cells,” so the docs concluded that a glandular cancer (likely BC) had likely metastasized several years before causing the lytic lesions on my spine, ribs and pelvis.
It all sounded VERY peculiar, so I went to Memorial Sloan-Kettering in NYC for a second opinion and they confirmed that the Louisville docs appeared to be correct in their DX.
The DX of lobular carcinoma was strenthened when, after eight weeks on Femara, my 27,29 cancer marker began to drop and continued to do so over time until it reached the “normal” range. Thanks to Femara and Zometa, my CT and bone scans continue to show me to be stabilized.
Eighteen months into this journey and I’m feeling reasonably well, hopeful and grateful for every day.
Sometimes, I think I try to fit too much into my days (do you know anyone else who belongs to 3 book clubs?) but I guess I’m trying to triple up…just in case.



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Anita J. Solomon


  • January 24, 1943      – July 13, 2009
  • Louisville,      Kentucky


  • Anita was born on January 24, 1943 and passed away on Monday, July 13, 2009.
  • Anita was a resident of Louisville, Kentucky.










Barbara Doss McLAREN 1959 – 2010


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  •  www.inspire.com/Bmarie
  • 52 years old, Female
  • Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Joined May 23, 2009


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MC LAREN Barbara Doss Barbara Doss McLaren of Scottsdale passed away on August 14, 2010. Barb will be remembered for her bright personality and strength, even in the face of life’s greatest challenges. Barb was born on October 17, 1959 in Sarasota, FL and grew up in Port Clinton. She was a proud alumnus of Port Clinton High School and The Ohio State University, where she became a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. Go Bucks! During the last three years of her life, Barb underwent constant treatment for breast cancer and acted as a support for other breast cancer survivors. Barb is survived by her three children, Ashley, Jonathan and Kirsten, and pug Franklin. Barb is also survived by mother, Edna Doss Schlett; sister, Kathy Jadwisiak Gorny and brother-in-law, Chris Gorny; as well as many other family members and friends who love her dearly. Barbara was preceded in death by her father, James R. Doss and her step father, Rolland W. Schlett. Friends may call from 10 a.m. Saturday, September 4 until the time of services at 11 a.m. at the Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home, 1124 Fulton Street, Port Clinton. Burial will follow in Catawba Island Cemetery and everyone is invited to join the family at the Fountains Community Center after the committal services. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be made at: www.neideckerleveckcrosser.com


Published in Toledo Blade on August 29, 2010








About SapphireSky



I have two wonderful boys, and a great husband. Life was just about perfect until……….I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer with bone mets. in Dec.09.

Originally Dx BC in 08′ ER/PR + HER2 –
So as my Life unfolds, I plan to Be Happy, Live Strong, and keep holding onto my Dreams. I love anything outdoors, gardening, growing my own trees and riding horses (though I dont have any horses now).

I am always looking for True Inspiration, as it can be hard to come by!






Barbara Hasenberg of Buffalo Grove Barbara Hasenberg, 51, passed away Friday, May 6, 2011, at her home, with her family by her side. She was born Dec. 24, 1959, in Chicago, and had been a Buffalo Grove resident for the past 22 years. She was a 1978 graduate of Wheeling High School and was a very active Stevenson High School parent and employee, where she was known as “Barbie.” She enjoyed cooking, baking and gardening and often gave landscaping advice to her friends and family. Surviving are her husband of 22 years, Harley Hasenberg; and two sons, Erik and Markus Hasenberg, all of Buffalo Grove. She is also survived by her parents, George and Diane Mucciante of Wheeling; brother, Mike Mucciante of Schaumburg; and sister, Debbie (Don) Wheeler of Sugar Hills, Ga. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, at the Burnett-Dane Funeral Home, 120 W. Park Ave. (Route 176), Libertyville. Interment will follow in Vernon Cemetery in Lincolnshire. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the family for an education fund being established for her sons, or to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 769, Hillside, IL 60162. For information, call 847-362-3009.


Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from May 7 to May 8, 2011




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  • “I am so sorry to hear about Barb. As an old neighbor      of…”


– Kris Kiffel Schuetz


  • “May God Bless you with many fond memories. Barb was      and is…”
  • “Harley, Erik and Markus – My heart is breaking. I’m      so…”


– Carolyn Ziemba


  • “Our family will really miss Barb. She always had a      smile…”


– Sharyn Powell




Barbara Hasenberg, nee Mucciante, 51, of Buffalo Grove, at rest May 6, 2011. Beloved wife of Harley; loving mother of Erik and Markus; devoted daughter of George and Diane Mucciante and; dear sister of Mike Mucciante and Debbie (Don) Wheeler. 1978 graduate of Wheeling HS and very active Stevenson HS parent and employee. Funeral 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Burnett-DaneFuneral Home , 120 W. Park Ave. (Rt. 176) Libertyville. Interment Vernon Cemetery. Visitation 3 to 8 p.m. Monday. Memorial info: 847-362-3009


Published in Chicago Tribune on May 7, 2011
















Beth HERSHENSON  19 Jan 2012


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Beth Hershenson- age 47 of Rehoboth ,she passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer on January 19, 2012.Beloved companion of Alan Smith , Devoted mother of Allison, Heidi and Jared Gruber. Dear daughter of Judy Hershenson and the late Jerry .Loving granddaughter of Lee Brezniak .Devoted sister of Keith Hershenson.Dear niece of Claudia Brodsky and her husband David.Loving aunt to Julia and Abigail Hershenson Devoted cousin to Alex Brodsky. Services at Congregation Agudas Achim 901 North Main St. Attleboro on Sunday January 22, 2012 at 10:30 am.Following interment at Sharon Memorial Park a memorial observance will be held at her residence until 8:00pm Sunday and Monday thru Wednesday 2-4, 7-9pm .Memorial observance will continue at the home of her mother Judy Hershenson, Thursday 2-4, 7-9pm and Friday 1-4pm. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Dana Farber Brigham and Womens Cancer Center at Faulkner Hospital Breast Center , 1153 Centre St. Jamaica Plain,MA 02130




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About ihopeyousing





Singer, pianist, high school music teacher to immigrant children in NYC, former music therapist who practiced for 15 years with autistic children




Husband Ricardo




Died 31 May 2012




Brenda SAWICKI  


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I’m a newbie to Inspire, but 7 years out. I have done almost all alternative treatments, no chemo/radiation. I am 47 years old with bone and liver mets. I have 2 children, my daughter is 16 and my son is 14. I’m married to the best husband in the world and I thank God for him every day.
I’m not against traditional medicine, just haven’t found one that produced successful numbers after extensive research on my part. I’m forever searching for the magic bullet. I’ve done practically everything out there.






SAWICKI, Brenda (Simard) Brenda (Simard) Sawicki, 48, of Farmington, formerly of Newington, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family, after a long, courageous battle with breast cancer, at St. Francis Hospital. She was the beloved wife and best friend of Chet Sawicki, happily together for 23 years. Born and raised in Lawrence, MA, daughter of Jeannette Hartling of Methuen, MA, and the late Ronald Simard, she was a Newington resident for most of her life before recently moving to Farmington. Brenda founded and served as the CEO of Checkmate, Inc., Newington, and later, as an entrepreneur, she started and sold several businesses. She was a past president and member of the Newington Rotary. A loving and devoted mother, she leaves her daughter, Chelsea Sawicki and son, Shane Sawicki, both of Farmington; and her loyal dog, George. She also leaves her sister, Barbara Simard and Glenn Williams of West Newbury, MA; and two brothers, Rick Simard of Lawrence, MA, and Michael Simard and his wife Jennifer of Methuen, MA; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank and Stephanie Marcaccio of Newington; sister-in-law, Diane Morin of Rocky Hill; nieces and nephews, Chris, Ryan and Amy Morin, Jonathan and Alyssa Simard, and Justin Sawicki; and many dear aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, including Sandra and Russell Desrochers of Methuen, MA. She was predeceased by her step-father, James Hartling; father-in-law Chester Sawicki, Sr.; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Rick and Linda Sawicki. Brenda loved spending time with her family, traveling the world, summering in Plum Island, Newburyport, MA, and was a savvy business woman. Her funeral service will begin on Monday at 9 a.m. at the Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington. Interment will be private. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 4-8 p.m. at Newington Memorial. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Annie Appleseed Project, 7319 Serrano Terrace, Delray Beach, FL 33446 or at http://www.annieappleseedproject.org. To share a memory with her family, please visit us at www. newingtonmemorial.com.




Published in The Hartford Courant on July 3, 2009










SAWICKI, Brenda Brenda (Simard) Sawicki, 48, of Farmington, formerly of Newington, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family, after a long, courageous battle with breast cancer, at St. Francis Hospital. Her funeral service will begin on Monday at 9 a.m. at the Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. St. Patrick Church, 110 Main St., Farmington. Interment will be private. Relatives and friends are invited to call on TODAY (Sunday) from 4-8 p.m. at Newington Memorial. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Annie Appleseed Project, 7319 Serrano Terrace, Delray Beach, FL 33446 or at http://www.annieappleseedproject.org. To share a memory with her family, please visit us at www. newingtonmemorial.com.


Published in The Hartford Courant on July 5, 2009










About bstrong



I was diagnosed with Stage IV Breast CA, with mets to bone in November ’09. Still not quite ‘over’ the shock of this diagnosis. I have not had any surgery yet, and failed on my first treatment with tamoxifen, and switched to Xeloda, along with Zometa. The Xeloda stopped working after seven months, with spread in the spine and skull and hip areas. Then I tried Doxil,which did work,and then Taxol. Took Gemzar one dose with Taxol and markers came down but was allergic. Taxol alone did not work. I just started Halaven, hoping for the best. I switched to XGeva a few months ago, tolerating well so far. I want to try hormone once I become stable. I have had radiation to spine, and femur so far. I am divorced, and have 4 kids, one still at home age 16. I had to leave my job as a social worker because I could no longer work fulltime. Now, I spend time playing flute, which is something I really do love, music is healing for me.


Died 2 June 2012






Candace ‘Candee’ Ann Fodor

16 November 1957 – 5 August 2012


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In Memory of


Candace “Candee” Ann Fodor


November 16, 1957 – August 5, 2012






There will be no services. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Greater Lansing Food Bank, c/o NBD Commerce Bank, P.O. Box 16224, Lansing, MI 48901






Carol Yvonne Ramsay Lockett

19 July 1949 – 3 September 2009


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Diagnosed with Stage IV in Aug 06. This was my first diagnosis, already stage IV with bone mets. On femara for a while but liver mets appeared in April 07. On chemo since then; 6 different chemo regimens so far. Was told by 2 docs in Feb 08 that I should seek hospice and would probably die in 6 weeks. I got a 3rd opinion and am still alive (March 2009).

Just lost my hair for the 3rd time. Problems with fatigue, neuropathy, swelling from ascites, digestive issues and the unpredictable energy level we all know.

My unique problem is my husband. He is a near-quadriplegic on a ventilator full time. He had polio and is suffering from advancing PPS (Post Polio Syndrome). Since I’m now facing the probable loss of my job (I’ve been on paid sick leave and vacation time for over a year but that will end on May 6, 2009) it is very scary. I have applications in for LTD, SSD and my employer’s sick leave pool. No answers yet. I am very scared at the thought of not working again, not only for my future but for my husband’s future for which I feel responsible. I simply cannot stop being anxious and feeling guilty about it.





Carol Yvonne Ramsay Lockett Carol Yvonne Ramsay Lockett, 60, of Austin, Texas, ended her long, courageous battle with cancer and passed peacefully into the presence of the Lord on September 3, 2009. Carol was born on July 19, 1949, in Kansas City, Missouri, the first child of Charles and Hilda Ramsay. She grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Sherman, Texas where she graduated from Sherman High School in 1967. Her musical talent was obvious by the many medals she received for her beautiful clarinet playing. She also played the piano from a very early age. Carol graduated from Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee, in 1971, with a Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude, in English Literature. Among her many academic honors, she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honorary fraternity. After moving to Austin in the mid-1970’s, she worked at the University of Texas library for thirty years. Upon her death, she was a manager in the Acquisitions Department. She took a leave of absence during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s to live in Guadalajara, Mexico, and Natal, Brazil where she taught English as a second language at various schools. This left her with a deep interest in the Mexican and Brazilian cultures. Carol enjoyed many different activities: hiking and driving in the Hill Country, bird-watching, photographing wild flowers, deer hunting, and lace making. More recently she renewed her musical interests by adding such instruments as the harp and hammer dulcimer. Carol is survived by her husband of 19 years, Landon J. Lockett, III; mother, Hilda Yvonne Ramsay; aunt DeVere Maxwell Ramsay; brothers, Charles McKay Ramsay, Jr. and wife Maureen, and Christopher Malcolm Ramsay and wife Judy; nephews, Charles McKay Ramsay, III and wife Laura, and Mark Andrew Ramsay; and many great nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, Rev. Charles McKay Ramsay, PhD, and uncle Rev. William McDowell Ramsay, Ph.D. The family would like to thank the Care Communities of Austin and First United Methodist Church who ran errands and provided transportation during her illness; Dr. Thomas B. Tucker, nurse Michelle, and the staff at Lonestar Oncology on West 38th; Father Aidan Wilcoxson and the congregation of St. John the Forerunner Orthodox Church; the I.V. League Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group; and Hospice Austin Christopher House. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Carol may be made to Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Ste. 100, Austin, Texas 78759-8645. The visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, September 6, 2009, at St. John the Forerunner Orthodox Church, 600 West Park St., Cedar Park, Texas. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m., Monday, September 7, 2009, at St. John the Forerunner Church. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 8, 2009, at Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham, Texas. Arrangements under the direction of Beck Funeral Home, Cedar Park/Leander, 259-1610










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ROSENBERG Caryn H. (nee Rosenblum), age 50, of Robbinsville, NJ, formerly of Bloomfield, NJ passed away on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at her home. Beloved wife of Steven J. Rosenberg, cherished daughter of Sandra Rosenblum of Monroe Township, NJ and the late David Rosenblum, loving sister of Steven H. Rosenblum and his wife Riesha of Fair Lawn, NJ, adored aunt of David Rosenblum, Sam Rosenberg, Andrew Rybczynski, and Miriam Rybczynski. Caryn was a graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick where she earned a B.S. degree in Communications. Caryn was a corporate event planner for the New Jersey Economic Authority in Trenton, NJ and was a member of Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered. Services will be 12 Noon Sunday, January 2, 2011 at Louis Suburban Chapel, 13-01 Broadway (Route 4 west) Fair Lawn, NJ. Burial will follow at King Solomon Cemetery, Clifton, NJ. Memorial donations in memory of Caryn H. Rosenberg may be made to Cancer Treatment Center of America, 1331 East Wyoming Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124.


Published in The Record/Herald News on January 1, 2011










Stge4vivorcher  Cheryl Ann McFarling 1961 – 2011


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Hi Everyone,
I am Cheryl and a Stage 4 Met Breast Cancer that went to my bones hips, spine and Right upper arm. I am currently on Navelbine 1 time a week and had 5 days of Radiation for a small reoccurrence in my L3 vertebrea. I reside in Tucson Az with Husband Rob, Dog Sophie (Jack Russell Terrier) and Tom Cat (Black) Cat Ernie.







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Cheryl Ann McFarling passed away December 22, 2011. She was born May 31, 1961 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She fought the valiant fight against breast cancer. She is preceded in death by her father, Richard Little. Cheryl is survived by her husband, Robert; loving companions, “Sophie” and “Ernie”; mother, Pat Little; sister, Melanie Clements, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. She graduated from Barrington High School in Illinois and University of Phoenix. She enjoyed volunteering at the Cancer Center. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to cancer research in her name. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at Desert Sunset Funeral Home, 3081 W. Orange Grove Rd.






Cheryl Ann McFarling passed away December 22, 2011. She was born May 31, 1961 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She fought the valiant fight against breast cancer. She is preceded in death by her father, Richard Little. Cheryl is survived by her husband, Robert; loving companions, “Sophie” and “Ernie”; mother, Pat Little; sister, Melanie Clements, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. She graduated from Barrington High School in Illinois and University of Phoenix. She enjoyed volunteering at the Cancer Center. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to cancer research in her name. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at Desert Sunset Funeral Home, 3081 W. Orange Grove Rd.








Cheryl Marie ROCKWELL – Omiss

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Cheryl M. Rockwell


  • June 5, 1947 –      March 23, 2011
  • Grosse Pointe,      Michigan




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My strong, brave, lovely sister “Omiss” passed away peacefully last night with family and friends by her side. She was blessed to have spent the previous week in Florida, visited by her daughter and granddaughter, where they swam, relaxed on the balcony, and she soaked up all the love available to her. I want to thank all of you for all the help and support you have given both of us through telling your stories, answering our questions — you have become our “other sisters”. After Cheryl was first diagnosed in October 2009, we began keeping a “light” blog so our friends could visit — and mostly to keep Cheryl’s phone from ringing off the hook 24/7 so she could get as much rest as possible. We didn’t keep it going for too long — because there is nothing “light” about cancer, especially when things begin to go so wrong. But if you’d like to read a little about her and see how our crazy sense of humor gets us through the worst of the worst, you can visit http://likearockwell.blogspot.com (first post 12-17-09). “Omiss” was her designation on Inspire which she selected because, as a flight attendant, that was how she was hailed. (She even changed her name badge to O. Miss). Throughout any dark places in our lives, one of us could pick up the phone and the other would have turned our tears into gales of laughter in a matter of minutes. Caring for her especially this past 6 months has been a privilege for me as I hope it is for each of your caregivers. A privilege, not a burden. I will miss her so, but will continue to “visit” here as I truly view each of you as friends. May your journeys be of greater length; enjoy each day for the blessing that it is.












ROCKWELL CHERYL MARIE of Delray Beach, Florida and Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 23. She was 63. Cheryl will be remembered for her radiant personality and generous spirit. She brought beauty to the world around her, in part through her avid gardening and talent for interior decor. She found immense joy in helping other people and cared for others naturally with great patience and goodwill. Cheryl is survived by her husband, Bruce Rockwell; her son, Robert Phillips; her daughter, Shawn (Fred) Delmhorst; her stepsons Jeff, Chris (Cynthia) and Alex (Allyson) Rockwell; her grandson, Zachary Rockwell; and her granddaughters, Emma Rockwell and Millie Delmhorst. She also is survived by her brothers, William (Joanne) Harrington and John (Betsy) Harrington; her sister, Hollis Krupa; and many loving nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 26th from 2-5 p.m. in Miller Hall at Christ Church, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 27th at 2 p.m. at Christ Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Detroit Institute for Children, 5447 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202.




CHERYL MARIE ROCKWELL Of Delray Beach, FL and Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 23, 20211. She was 63. Cheryl will be remembered for her radiant personality and generous spirit. She brought beauty to the world around her, in part through her avid gardening and talent for interior decor. She found immense joy in helping other people and cared for others naturally with great patience and goodwill. Cheryl is survived by her husband, Bruce Rockwell; her son, Robert Phillips; her daughter, Shawn (Fred) Delmhorst; her stepsons Jeff, Chris (Cynthia) and Alex (Allyson) Rockwell; her grandson, Zachary Rockwell; and her grand- daughters, Emma Rockwell and Millie Delmhorst. She also is survived by her brothers, William (Joanne) Harrington and John (Betsy) Harrington; her sister, Hollis Krupa; and many loving nieces and nephews. A Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 26 from 2-5 PM in Miller Hall at Christ Church, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, March 27 at 2 PM. at Christ Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Detroit Institute for Children, 5447 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202. Light a candle and share a memory at: www.verheyden.org. To express condolences and/or make donations Visit PalmBeachPost.com/obituaries




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I am currently living in beautiful Wiesbaden Germany, where my husband works for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools. (We lived here 1995-2003) I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer in January 2007 in Florida and already had bone mets. My cancer had not shown up on my mamogram in June of 2006 and it was found because my back was bothering me. I was put on tamoxifen right away and started on what turned out to be almost 1 year of daily radiation to all the different spots on my bones. After one year on tamoxifen I was put on Arimidex because my tumor markers began to rise. My husband and I moved back to Wiesbaden in June of 2008 and I am very happy with my doctors there. I started on Faslodex just this month (Feb 2009) and am just getting used to it. I have also been on Zometa since Jan 2007. Most days I feel very good, excluding some nausea and tiredness, but I am so very thankful for each day. I had my left hip replaced in Germany in September of 2008 because the radiation I had received for the mets caused necrosis. It was one of the best things I could have done, as my mobility is so much better. I am so thankful to have found this site.




Cordelia Diane COUNTS

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I am 37 years old. I have Triple Negative Breast Cancer. I have an amazing husband and three kids. I fight everyday for my family. I am currently on Avastin/Carboplatin/Taxotere every 21 days. I now travel for treatments to CTCA in Chicago. I ask God to bless each and every one of us!!!!!!!


Posted Jan 1, 2011 9:33pm


God only knows I did NOT want to be writing this. MY Beautiful Amazing wife of whom I have been with for 25 Years lost her battle with this CURSE we call cancer. She put up one HELL of a fight and I am very proud to say she was MY WIFE & the Mother of my 3 children. She did not respond to the chemo so they tried radiation. Her throat began to swell & her airways could not get much air. She then could not swallow and continued downhill from then. They tried for days to get the swelling to go down but all her symptoms just got worse and she did not have any relief from the radiation. She lost most of her functions and did not want to be on any machines. I plan on making a foundation in her name but do not know the details as of yet.Thank you all for supporting her and please continue a prayer for her and our children. The ONLY comfort any of us can seem to find is that she is not in any pain anymore! And we know she is in a better place right now then we are.






Cordelia Diane Counts


  • February 21,      1973 – January 1, 2011
  • little Rock, Arkansas


Cordelia Diane Counts, 37, of Little Rock passed away January 1, 2011. She was an office manager for Kay’s Cleaning Service. She attended Zion Hill Baptist Church and was a member of the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation.
She is survived by her husband of twelve years, and partner of twenty-five years, Craig Counts of Little Rock; two sons, Anthony and Colton Counts both of Little Rock; daughter, Chyann Counts of Little Rock; father, Calvin Davis of Little Rock; mother, Kay Davis of Cabot; brother, Frank Davis of Little Rock; father and mother-in-law; two sisters-in-law and two brothers- in-law; three nephews and a host of family and friends and family pets, Zena, Diva Diane and Theodore.
Diane enjoyed giving to her family and children. She mostly enjoyed being a wife and mother and an inspiration to her friends. She was a caring, giving compassionate person, who was never selfish. Diane was the rock that held her family together.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and members of the Zion Hill Baptist Church for all their loving care and support.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 204, Norwood, New Jersey, 07648.
A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 6, 2011 at Zion Hill Baptist Church. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Arrangements by North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St., 758-1170. Online obituary and guest registry at www.nlrfh.com.






About cowpatty99



First diagnosed in late 2006 with stage 3, ERP, neg HER2/Neu. Chemo (AC), followed by radiation, followed by Tamoxifen. Bone mets found in spine in early 2008 & switched to Letrozole (Femara). Had radiation in late 2009 to largest lesion, followed by a vertebroplasty. Planned to do same for 2nd largest, but Apr 2010 scan showed additional bone mets plus one probable lesion on liver, so oncologist recommended Abraxane. Didn’t work so I moved on to Navelbine which didn’t work either. Went on Xeloda which lasted about a year. Had additional radiation to C-spine for pain and progression prevention in Sep 2011. Additional bone mets now in hip bones & malignant pleural effusion in right chest cavity found in Nov 2011. Just started on Gemzar, Carboplatin & XGeva … only time will tell.


“Sorry but my wife passed on 23 August 2012, of metastatic breast cancer. She fought to the end…we will miss her dearly. Alex”








About CSP624



Just diagnosed with Stage IV recurrent breast cancer w/ mets in bone.

I went from Stage 1 five years ago (mastectomy, negative sentinel nodes) to Stage IV now. Still shocked, angry, frustrated but motivated to stay alive.

June, 2010: Been on Femara for four months and it didn’t work. Just found mets in stomach and colon. I’m not sure if they were there all the time because they don’t show up on scans. But I started having stomach symptoms. Oh, also found mets in cervix several months ago.

We’re about to change treatments – either faslodex or aromasin.




Grew up in Chicago


Daughter’s Bat Mitzvah c 15 March 2010


Died 2012 aged 57






Dana Giddens Robinson







On Sunday, April 22, 2012; mother of JeVonte and Bryson; daughter of Tyrone and Dorothy Brown; granddaughter of Louise Giddens; sister of Robert and Shannon. Also survived by one niece Madison; aunts; uncles; cousins; other relatives and friends. Visitation Monday, April 30, 9:30 a.m. until time of Funeral 11 a.m. at New Samaritan Baptist Church, 1100 Florida Ave. NE. Interment Fort Lincoln Cemetery. Send condolences to www.marshallmarchfh.com














Donna Gayle Ferguson

Died March 2012


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I am 67,divorced, have a daughter and a son plus a granddaughter and 2 grandsons. I have been a lifelong fan of Florida football.







Donna Gayle Ferguson, 69, went to be with her savior and friend Jesus Christ, celebrating the Sovereignty of God the Creator. She was preceded in death by her mother, Thelma Mahalie Ferguson, and father Homer Kent Ferguson.

Donna graduated from Gainesville High School, attended the University of Florida, was a member of the Gator Boosters, and an avid Gator fan. She was a retired insurance agent and was a past President of the Gainesville Association of Independent Insurance Agents. She enjoyed her membership in the Gainesville Garden Club and was a charter member of Highlands Presbyterian Church.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Anna Doreen S. Brown(Tom) and John Kent Schiffermuller (Susan Cox); grandchildren, Alex Ian McCoy Christie, William Kent Brown, and Shelby Brown; and siblings, Judy Dale Meyer (Ron), Barry Dean Ferguson, and Pam F. Meade (Bill). She also leaves an extended family she kept close and loved.

Those who wish to attend the Memorial Service are invited to join the family at Highlands Presbyterian Church on March 31st at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the church or your favorite charity.

Published in Gainesville Sun from March 18 to March 19, 2012










Help for a mommy   Publicat de Mamica Bio on Jul 21, 2011 Posted by Mommy Bio on Jul 21, 2011


Dragostin Elena Elena Dragostin


Varsta: 33 de ani Age: 33 years


Ocupatia: Medic veterinar Occupation: veterinarian


Stare civila: casatorita Marital status: Married


Copii: 1 Children: 1


Povestea este reala si verificata.The story is real and verified. Va rog pe toti care o cititi sa va indurati de cativa leuti si sa trimiteti mai departe aceasta poveste. Please read all that you endure a few Leute and send on this story.


Tu ii dai o sansa Elenei sa traiasca sa isi vada baietelul mare, nu trece mai departe crezand ca sunt si altii care o pot ajuta.You give him a chance to live to see his Elena big boy, do not go away thinking that there are others who can help. Numai tu si Dumnezeu puteti face asta !! Only you and God can do this!


M-au condamnat la moarte! I was sentenced to death! Va rog: ajutati-ma! Please: help me!


“14 iunie 2008: ziua in care m-am casatorit, ziua in care, si pentru mine, a inceput o noua viata, asa cum a lasat Dumnezeu omului pe pamant.”June 14, 2008: the day I got married, the day, for me, began a new life as God put man on earth. Eram mandra de mine; am invatat o viata intreaga, am ajuns medic veterinar, acum era timpul sa-mi intemeiez si o familie. I was proud of myself, I learned a lifetime, I’m a veterinarian, it was now time for my family and a base.


Nu vreau sa para un sablon siropos, dar chiar am plutit de fericire in ziua aceea, m-am bucurat apoi ca ne-am aranjat casa, iar cand, mai tarziu, am primit vestea ca vom avea un copil, am simtit cum rostul meu in viata prinde din ce in ce mai bine contur.I do not want to look like a pattern cheesy, but I really floated happiness that day, I was glad then that we have arranged house, and when, later, I received news that we have a child, I felt my purpose life get increasingly better shape.


Insa fara sa stiu, din clipa aceea, am apucat drumul pieirii.But without knowing, in that moment, I got way to destruction.


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Asadar, in luna februarie a lui 2010 am ramas insarcinata.So, in February of 2010 I became pregnant.


La momentul primului consult, i-am spus doctoritei ginecolog de prezenta nodulilor la san.At the first consultation, I told the doctor gynaecologist in this breast nodules. Fara niciun fel de examinare, raspunsul acesteia a fost: “Discutam dupa ce termini cu alaptatul!”. Without any examination, its response was “talking after you finish breastfeeding.”


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In primul semestru de sarcina m-am simtit rau, vomand chiar si apa.In the first half of pregnancy I felt bad, even vomited water. Am pus toate simptomele pe seama sarcinii. I had all the symptoms due to pregnancy. Doctorita ma internat in spital, unde mi-a administrat un tratament perfuzabil pentru reducerea starii de voma. The doctor hospitalized me, where I received an infusion treatment for reducing vomiting. Precizez ca nu a recomandat efectuarea niciunui fel de ecografie abdominala necesara stabilirii cauzei concrete a starii mele de sanatate. Mention that did not recommend any specific cause abdominal ultrasound necessary to establish the state of my health.


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De asemenea, mentionez ca multitudiniea analizelor extrem de costisitoare efectuate pe parcursul sarcinii, nu a “aratat” nimic.Also mention that the many costly tests performed during pregnancy, not “show” anything. Drept urmare, am considerat in continuare ca aceasta este reactia corpului meu la sarcina. Therefore, we considered further as this is my body’s reaction to pregnancy.


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In luna noiembrie 2010, l-am nascut pe Mihaita, un baietel de 4,100 kg si 53 cm.In November 2010, he was born Michael, a boy of 4.100 kg and 53 cm. Jubilam. Jubilee.


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Insa, nu dupa mult timp, in ianuarie 2011, am inceput sa am dureri de ficat si prin palpare, mi-am dat seama ca este marit.But not long after, in January 2011, I started having pain and liver by palpation, I realized that is increased. Drept urmare, pe 4 februarie, am fost la o clinica particulara si am efectuat o ecografie abdominala. Consequently, on February 4th, I went to a private clinic and I made an abdominal ultrasound.




1.1. Ficatul este plin de metastaze. The liver is full of metastases.


2.2. Totul a plecat de la san. Everything left breast.


3.3. Mi sa spus ca nu mai am mult de trait. I was told that I do not have long to live.


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Cine o sa-mi creasca copilul?Who will my child grow? Pe el cine o sa il iubeasca? Him who will love him? Cine o sa-i cante? Who’s going to sing? Cine o sa ii acopere obrajorii de sarutari? Who’s going to cover her cheeks for kisses? Cine o sa fie mama lui? Who will be his mother? Cine? Who?


De ce trebuie sa mor?Why should I die? Tocmai acum! Just now! Acum cand Dumenezeu mi-a dat tot ce mi-am dorit vreodata!? Now that Dumenezeu gave me everything I ever wanted!?


Doamne, copilul meu!God, my child! Copilul meu! My baby!


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Pe 15.02.2011, am ajuns la Spitalul Fundeni impreuna cu copilul.On 15.02.2011, I arrived at the hospital with the child Fundeni. Am trecut prin momente de agonie pe tot parcursul analizelor care i s-au efectuat si am respirat usurata cand mi sa spus ca este sanatos. I went through the agony throughout the analyzes which were carried out and breathed relieved when I was told it is healthy.


Eu am fost internata la sectia de chirurgie hepatica, unde mi sa facut un tratament de sustinere hepatica.I was hospitalized for liver surgery department, where I was made a liver support therapy. Mi se dadusera sperante cum ca pana la urma, o sa scap cu viata, dar cu multe sacrificii precum cele implicate de ovarohisterectomie. Had given me such hope that eventually, I got out alive, but with many sacrifices such as those involved in ovarohisterectomie. Am fost externata pe 25.02.2011 cu o stare clinic ameliorata si evolutie favorabila, cu recomandarea de a urma tratamentul oncologic. I was discharged on 25.02.2011 with clinical status improved and favourable evolution, with a recommendation from cancer treatment.


Diagnosticul la iesirea din spital:Diagnosis on discharge from hospital:


1. 1. Neoplasm mamar stang, Left breast cancer,


2. 2. Tumora mamara dreapta, recidivanta cu adenopatie axilara dreapta, Right breast tumour, axillary lymphadenopathy relapsed with right


3. 3. Metastaze hepatice multiple, Multiple liver metastases,


4. 4. Carcinomatoza peritoneala, Peritoneal carcinomatosis,


5. 5. Ascita. Ascites.


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Mi sa recomandat regim alimentar.I was recommended diet. Consumam branza degresata, cu rosii decojite si fara miez, fructe, supa de legume. Consume low-fat cheese with tomatoes peeled and without core, fruit soup. Regimul a dus la pierderea masei musculare, ajungand in incapacitatea de a ma tine pe picioare si de a desfasura o activitate normala. Regime led to the loss of muscle mass, reaching inability to keep me up and carry out normal activity.


Nu puteam sa respir, nu puteam sa dorm, ma omora o tuse ingrozitoare, iar in abdomen se acumula lichid ascitic.I could not breathe, I could not sleep, I kill a terrible cough and ascitic fluids accumulate in the abdomen. Slabeam de pe o zip e alta. Zip is a poor country. Eram galbena din cap pana in picioare. Was yellow from head to toe. Imi vedeam falmilia si prietenii cum se cutremurau in fiecare zi de schimbarile mele fizice. I saw how shuddered family and friends every day of my physical changes.


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Am fost trimisa la Spitalul Coltea pentru efectuarea tratamentului chimioterapic.I was sent to hospital performance chemotherapy corner. Aici am fost preluata de un domn doctor extrem de zgarcit cu atentia acordata, care de altfel ma transferat in grja unei domnisoare doctorite. Here we were taken by a gentleman doctor very stingy with attention, which otherwise transferred me grja a lady doctor.


Mi s-au efectuat doua serii de chimioterapic cu Gemcitadina si Carboplatin, la o diferenta de 3 saptamani.I have conducted two series of chemotherapy with Gemcitadina and Carboplatin, a difference of 3 weeks. In rest, eram chemata la spital, pentru ca, dupa o jumatate de zi de asteptare, sa mi se faca si mie ½ de punga de ser fiziologic cu dexametazona si un pansament gastric. Otherwise, I was called to the hospital because after half a day of waiting, you do to me I ½ bag of saline with dexamethasone and gastric dressing.


Domnisoara doctorita care se ocupa de mine, nu mi-a acordat prea multa atentie nici macar in momentul in care i-am comunicat ca, in timpul week-end-ului, am ajuns la spital cu hipertensiune, iar doctorul de garda mi-a prescris si Arginina.Lady Doctor in charge of me, I did not pay much attention even when I press that during the weekend, I came to the hospital with hypertension and the doctor on call me prescribed and Arginine.


Mai mult, in momentul in care am intrebat-o de regimul alimentar – cam ce as putea sa mai mananc, deoarece slabisem deja peste 20 de kg intr-un timp extraordinar de scurt -, pentru ca nu ma simteam bine deloc, mi-a recomandat sa fac “diversificare ca la bebe…sa experimentez”.Furthermore, when I asked her diet – about what I could eat, as already weak 20 kg in amazingly short time – because I was not feeling good at all, I recommended to do “diversification as the baby … to experience.”


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Datorita asa-numitului tratament, starea mea de sanatate sa degradat vizibil, culminand cu acumularea din ce in ce mai mare a lichidului ascitic.Because so-called treatment, my health has deteriorated noticeably, culminating in accumulation of increasingly higher ascitic fluid. Abia in momentul in care am ajuns la spital sustinuta pe brate, domnisoara doctorita mi-a acordat ceva mai multa atentie si mi-a administrat, la cererea mea, substante perfuzabile de sustinere a ficatului. Only when I got to the hospital supported on the arms, lady doctor gave me some more attention and I received at my request, supporting liver infusion substances.


Dupa acest episod, a urmat o saptamana in care doctoriata a recomandat sa mi se recolteze sange in fiecare zi a unei saptamani, aduncandu-ma in stare critica.After this episode, there was a week where doctors recommended that my blood drawn every day for a week aduncandu me critically ill.


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Am luat legatura din nou cu doctorita de la Fundeni, cea care reusise intr-o prima faza, sa ma redreseze clinic.I contacted the doctor again Fundeni, who succeeded in a first phase I clinical recover. Aceasta ma internat din nou pentru a incerca sa-mi ajute ficatul. I admitted it again to try to help my liver. Am primit tratament perfuzabil, dar, din pacate, starea mea nu sa imbunatatit. I received infusion treatment, but, unfortunately, my condition has not improved.


Lichidul ascitic acumulat in abdomen ma facea sa arat ca o femeie insarcinata in 9 luni; simteam cum imi plesneste pielea si nimeni nu imi facea nimic.Ascitic fluid accumulated in the abdomen made me look like a pregnant woman in nine months, I could feel my skin punch and no I do.


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In ultima zi de spitalizare la Fundeni, am primit recomandarea de a cauta o solutie undeva, in afara tarii, pentru ca in Romania nu se mai putea face nimic.Last day of hospitalization in Fundeni, I received a recommendation to seek a solution somewhere abroad, because in Romania they could not do anything.


La externare, diagnosticul a fost de icter mecanic prin metastaze multiple de carcinoma ductal invaziv mamar drept, carcinomatoza perioneala, ascita neoplazica, insuficienta hepatica postchimioterapie.At discharge, the diagnosis was multiple metastases jaundice in breast invasive ductal carcinoma law perioneala carcinomatosis, neoplastic ascites, hepatic insufficiency postchemotherapy.


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Disperata, am mers la o consultatie, la clinica de diagnostic Gral Medical, cu Prof. Christoph Zeilinski si Dr. Manolache.Desperate, I went to a consultation clinic Gral Medical diagnosis with Prof. Dr. Christoph Zeilinski and Manolache. Cu eforturi supraomenesti am reusit sa ajung pana aici. With superhuman effort I managed to get this far.


Slabisem si mai mult.Further weakened. Abia reuseam sa ma tarasc aplecata in unghi de 90 de grade, agatata de bratul sotului si al surorii mele. I barely inching bent at an angle of 90 degrees, hanging from the arm of husband and my sister. Nu puteam sa urc in masina, nu puteam sa cobor, nu puteam sa stau pe un scaun, nu puteam sa ma ridic. I could not get in the car, I could not get out, I could not sit on a chair, I could not get up. Orice efort era ca o lovitura care ma trimitea la pamant. Every effort was like a blow that sent me down.


Aici mi sa comunicat ca nu mai este nimic de facut in cazul meu, decat sa ma duc acasa, iar familia sa incerce sa gaseasca un serviciu ambulatoriu care sa “imi aline durerile” pana la moarte.Here I was informed that there is nothing to do for me than to go home and try to find a family outpatient service to “ease my pain” to death.


Totul parea ca se naruie.Everything seemed to crumble. Familia tremura de durere. Family shaking with grief.


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Cu toate acestea, nu am renuntat!However, I quit! Am trimis analizele scanate in Franta si de acolo mi sa zis ca pentru mine exista salvare. I sent the scanned tests in France and from there I was told that there is relief for me. Din mila cadrelor didactice de la Facultatea de Medicina veterinara din Bucuresti, cu care am colaborat, a altor colegi, a studentilor, a prietenilor si cu ajutorul rudelor am reusit sa strang niste bani si am ajuns in Franta, in scaunul cu rotile. The mercy teachers from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest, with whom I worked, other colleagues, students, friends and relatives through I managed to save some money and went to France in wheelchairs.


Mi s-au scos 4,3 l de lichid ascitic, mi sa facut o schema de tratament cu chimioterapice.I have removed 4.3 liters of ascitic fluid, was featured in a chemotherapy regimen. Acum, dupa 2 luni de tratament, pot sa respir, sa manac si sa ma deplasez aproape ca un om normal. Now, after 2 months of treatment, can not breathe, to eat and I go almost like a normal person.


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Dupa incercari disperate am reusit sa obtin aprobarea dosarului la Casa de Asigurari de Sanatate.After desperate attempts I managed to get approval dossier Health Insurance House.


Insa, nici acum, nu imi pot gasi linistea pentru ca, in felul acesta, nu am rezolvat decat o parte din problema banilor.But even now, I can not find peace because in this way we solve only part of the money.


Nu am bani sa platesc 3 deplasari (transport, cazare, masa) pe luna in Franta, pentru mine si insotitor (deoarece eu sunt in incapacitatea de a avea singura grija de mine), timp de un an de zile, in care va trebui sa fac analize, tratamente si operatii.I have no money to pay three trips (transport, accommodation, meals) per month in France, for myself and companion (because I am in an inability to take care of myself) for a year, they will have to do tests, treatments and surgeries.







About ElenaLynn



I was diagnosed with Stage II infiltrating ductal carcinoma in July 2004, when I was 36. We found the lump during an annual OB/GYN exam. Lumpectomy, followed by 6 rounds chemo (A/C, taxotere), followed by 5 weeks radiation, followed by Arimidex. I switched to Femara then discontinued that after about 8 months because I couldn’t tolerate the bone pain. Oh, this was all four months after I suffered a massive stroke (in February). And yes, it was breast cancer related.

Everything was hunky dory for the next four years. Then in September 2008, during a routine 6 months checkup, we were talking about something and I mentioned as an aside that my back hurt. She then took what I thought to be an unwarranted interest in my back pain, for an oncologist. Pretty naive, I know. I told her about it and answered questions. She then said, and I quote, “Well, my friend, I am concerned.” She then talked about scans and a possible radiation consult while my mind tried desperately to catch up. Then she uttered the dread phrase “quality of life” (translation, you will die) and I stopped hearing her.

Long story short, well shortER, over the next few days, I had two mammograms, two or three ultrasounds, chest x-ray, CT scan, bone scan, and probably a bunch of scans I’ve forgotten. Next oncology visit, I was diagnosed Stage IV with mets to my spine. I had radiation on my lumbar spine to ease the pain, which had gotten pretty intense — Vicodin couldn’t touch it. Started monthly Zometa treatments. Went on Aromasin. Had shots (Zoladex I think) at first for a couple of months to stop my periods, eventually had an oophorectomy. Had another lumpectomy (actually two, she didn’t get clean margins the first time). When the path report came back, turns out I didn’t have a recurrence, it was a new primary (apparently this happens to 5% of survivors. Lucky me.) Lobular carcinoma with a totally different hormomal profile (though still slightly ER+). Did 6 weeks radiation on my other breast. I should glow in the dark. Taking Fentanyl for continuing pain. Switched from Aromasin to Faslodex. Markers kept going up and my regular scans showed the cancer progressing in my bones and the pain started getting worse again. Started 18 weeks Taxol/Avastin, while continuing Zometa.

Those are the highlights. Currently living somewhere between survivorship and death. Good days and bad. Mostly good, though.






Elena Lynn LAWRENCE, 16 Dec 2011, visitation Sunday, 18 Dec 2011; funeral Monday, 19 Dec 2011; Lost Prairie Cemetery.


Elena Lynn Lawrence, 43, passed away peacefully at her home in Fort Collins, Colorado on December 15, 2011 after a long battle with cancer. Elena was born February 10, 1968 in Lubbock, Texas to Stephen and Lynda (Sims) Lawrence, the first of three children. She graduated from Duke University in 1990 and received a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1995 where she was honored as an Editor of the Virginia Law Review. She moved to Denver and worked first in private practice and then for the Securities and Exchange Commission for many years. Deciding to combine her love of singing with a devotion to serving others, Elena moved to Fort Collins to pursue a degree in Music Therapy from Colorado State University. When those plans became impractical after a stroke in 2006 and an ensuing diagnosis of breast cancer, Elena turned her efforts toward not only battling her own cancer but toward supporting and inspiring others engaged in the same struggle. She was very active in a multitude of cancer support groups and became a peer mentor to many women in their struggles. Elena was also active in the Junior League and labored tirelessly to uplift other women in their misfortunes. She never abandoned her love of singing and was active in her choir at First United Methodist Church. She was a woman of deep faith and humility and lived as a gentle Christian witness to all whose lives she touched.

Elena is survived by her mother, Lynda; her brother, Robert; sister-in-law Kelley, and nephews, Alec and Zac; her brother, Michael; Uncle Fred and Aunt Nellie Lawrence; her Uncle Kenneth and Aunt Harriet Sims; her cousins and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Stephen; and her beloved aunt, Lana.

Visiting hours will be held at Bohlender Funeral Chapel on Sunday, December 18, 2011 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be celebrated at First United Methodist Church, 1005 Stover St. on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. Elena will be buried next to her father at Lost Prairie Cemetery in Groesbeck, Texas on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers please consider memorial contributions to Hope Lives!, 2629 Redwing Rd. Suite 260, Fort Collins, Colorado 80525.






Elena Lynn Lawrence


February 10, 1968 – December 15, 2011


Fort Collins, Colorado


Elena was born on February 10, 1968 and passed away on Thursday, December 15, 2011.


Elena was a resident of Fort Collins, Colorado at the time of her passing.


She graduated from Duke University in 1990 and received a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1995.


Funeral services were held at the First United Methodist Church in Fort Collins, Colorado, on Monday, December 19, 2011. Elena will be buried next to her father at Lost Prairie Cemetery in Texas on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.


In lieu of flowers please consider memorial contributions to Hope Lives!, 2629 Redwing Rd. Suite 260, Fort Collins, Colorado 80525










Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Brown WHALEY   1956 – 2012

About LittleLibby



I’m a reluctant member, as I know we all wouldn’t “choose” this club. I was originally dx in 1994 at the age of 38. After lumpectomy, chemo and radiation I was clear for 9 years. Then I had a lump that showed up in my lumpectomy scar. Next stop, bilateral mastectomies, but I didn’t get chemo at that time. I thought no tits, no cancer. Since 2007 I have been metastatic. It has waxed and waned with various treatments including: Femara, Taxoterre/Cytoxin, Faslodex, Xeloda, Avastin.
Currently I have mets in the liver and have entered a PARP inhibitor/carboplatin trial and City of Hope. By February 2011 I found out that all my previous mets in the liver were gone, but I had a new tumor in my liver and so was bumped from the trial. I have now progressed on both Abraxane and Doxil, getting ready to try Halaven in July 2011.
I worked until the summer of 2009 and then after a medical leave decided to retire. I have a great husband and a darling dog and fabulous family and friends that keep me keepin on. I am also happy to say that in spite of the cancer I am living well and have great hopes.






Elizabeth “Libby” Brown Whaley   1956 – 2012, Santa Barbara




Elizabeth (Libby) Brown Whaley, 56, of Santa Barbara, CA, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, April 13.


She was born to the late Neal Archie and Millie Sykes Brown, Feb. 19, 1956, in Youngsville, NC. Libby graduated from East Carolina University in 1978 with a Bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation. She received a Master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of La Verne in 1993. She married John (Jack) L. Whaley, Jr. in 1986.


Libby worked as the Director of Therapeutic Recreation at Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital of Santa Barbara until her retirement in 2010 and was passionate about making a difference in the lives of her patients. In 2008 she received the CRH Team Member of the Year Award. Libby also served two terms as president of the Jodi House board of directors and was instrumental in helping the organization establish their first permanent center on Veronica Springs Rd. in 1994. She was the co-director of the Jr. Wheelchair Sports Camp in 2008 and co-chair of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Libby loved gardening, hiking, creating art in a wide variety of media and vacationing at her home in Baja. Among her many adventures, she toured Thailand on a motorcycle, hiked across the Baja peninsula, and donated eyeglasses to locals while sailing throughout Vanuatu.

Libby is survived by her husband, Jack Whaley; her sister, Debbie (George) Williams and her brother, Tony (Paula) Brown, both of Greenville, NC. She is also survived by five nieces and one nephew.

Memorial donations may be made to the Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation to support therapeutic outreach programs. Donations may be sent to: “Libby Whaley Slush Fund,” c/o Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, 2415 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

All are welcome to a gathering of friends and family to remember Libby on Friday, May 18 in Godric Grove at Elings Park, Santa Barbara, from 3-6 p.m.






Elizabeth (Libby) Brown Whaley
February 19, 1956-April 13, 2012
Santa Barbara, CA
Elizabeth (Libby) Brown Whaley, 56, of Santa Barbara, CA, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, April 13.
She was born to the late Neal Archie and Millie Sykes Brown, Feb. 19, 1956, in Youngsville, NC. Libby graduated from East Carolina University in 1978 with a Bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation. She received a Master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of La Verne in 1993. She married John (Jack) L. Whaley, Jr. in 1986.
Libby worked as the Director of Therapeutic Recreation at Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital of Santa Barbara until her retirement in 2010 and was passionate about making a difference in the lives of her patients. In 2008 she received the CRH Team Member of the Year Award. Libby also served two terms as president of the Jodi House board of directors and was instrumental in helping the organization establish their first permanent center on Veronica Springs Rd. in 1994. She was the co-director of the Jr. Wheelchair Sports Camp in 2008 and co-chair of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
Libby loved gardening, hiking, creating art in a wide variety of media and vacationing at her home in Baja. Among her many adventures, she toured Thailand on a motorcycle, hiked across the Baja peninsula, and donated eyeglasses to locals while sailing throughout Vanuatu.
Libby is survived by her husband, Jack Whaley; her sister, Debbie (George) Williams and her brother, Tony (Paula) Brown, both of Greenville, NC. She is also survived by five nieces and one nephew.
Memorial donations may be made to the Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation to support therapeutic outreach programs. Donations may be sent to: “Libby Whaley Slush Fund,” c/o Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, 2415 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.
There will be a gathering of friends and family in North Carolina to remember Libby at a later date.


Published in The News & Observer on April 21, 2012

Read more here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsobserver/obituary.aspx?n=Elizabeth-Whaley&pid=157123098#storylink=cpy




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I had primary bc in 1992 and 2001 and was DX as stage IV in 2002. I did all the hormonals… radiation and taxotere and in 2004 I began zometa and faslodex… and was stable for 6 glorious years. In 2010 I had disease progression and was also DX with stage III colon cancer.
I have no symptoms from the cancer.. but numerous side effects from the chemo .

I am counting on researchers to turn mbc into a truly chronic condition so that we can all stay alive with a decent quality of life.






Ellen Moskowitz, Honorary Member, Past President


Ellen was diagnosed with metastatic disease in 2002. She was MBCN President from 2006-2010 and was involved with MBCN from its earliest days. A strong leader and advocate, she was responsible for increasing the size of the organization, and led the successful initiatives of that time period, including the lobbying of Congress to declare October 13 Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day; the development of a metastatic breast cancer information kit; hosting of four national conferences and two regional programs; and a project to redesign the website.


Ellen lived with metastatic breast cancer for 10 years and passed away on June 7, 2012.






Etta Webb BROWN

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Hi to all,
I have had Breast Cancer for 2 years now. Just found out last week that I have a spot on my spine (very small) that was found during my PET/CT Scan, so I am off to Radiation again for 10 days. What a difference a day can make. I had never spent a night in the hospital prior to the Breast Cancer. It is certainly a Roller Coaster of emotions! If anybody has any advice as to how to get through this, please let me know. I try to be “upbeat” most of the time, but there are those “tearful” days also! Good Luck to all of you dealing with this!!!






Etta Webb Brown
(May 1, 1953 – March 6, 2012)


Etta Webb Brown, 58 of Danville died Tuesday, March 6, 2012 in Danville. Etta was the wife of William “Bill” Brown.


Born May 1, 1953, in Boyle County, she was a daughter of the late Halton “Bunk” Webb and Henrietta Vaught Webb of Perryville.


Etta retired in 2009 as Vice President of Marketing for Deco Art in Stanford. She was a graduate of Danville High School and Durham Beauty School. Etta was a member of Perryville Baptist Church but attended Southside Christian Church in Harrodsburg. She loved crafts, working in her flower garden and reading. Etta loved spending time at the beach and cherished the times spent with her family while vacationing there. One of Etta’s greatest joys was being the proud mother to her three dachshunds. She loved her family dearly, her nieces, nephews, great niece and great nephews felt like her own.


In addition to her Mother and Husband, she is survived by two sisters and their husbands, Linda and Dwight Conley of Perryville and Tammy and Donnie Sallee of Mercer County, her mother in law, Thelma Brown of Harrodsburg, two sisters in law, Becky Taylor of Harrodsburg and Patricia Holland Of Louisville, one brother in law, Art Brown of Louisville, six nieces, Kimberly (Aaron) Jones, Mandy (Josh) Bradley, Karen Johnson, Christy Holland, Amy Bohanon and Susan Leffingfeld, two nephews, Jeff (Cortnie) Conley and John Holland, one great niece, Jordan Conley and three great nephews, Austin Bradley, Morgan and Matthew Jones. Etta is also survived by one special uncle, Jack Vaught.


Funeral services for Etta will be 2:00 p.m. Friday March 9, 2012, Wilder Funeral Home with the Revs. Matthew Robbins and Chuck Robinson officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Perryville.


Visiting hours will be Thursday March 8, 2012, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.


Pallbearers will be David Brown, Josh Bradley, Dwight Conley, Ricky Cattlet, Aaron Jones and Darrell Young.


Expressions of sympathy are suggested to Susan G. Komen For The Cure, Attn: Donor Services, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265-0309.


You may visit Etta’s online guestbook at http://www.wilderfh.com.








Hazel Marie KROWAS   8 December 1947 – 15 February 2010

About hazelmarie



I was diagnosed in June of 1999 with stage one BC, node negative, estrogen positive and her 2 negative. I opted for a mastectomy at University Hopitals in Madison, WI. Have been on all of the hormonal aromatase Inhibitors, but nothing worked for very long. Then in the summer of 07 I started on IV chemo and was on Taxol and Avastin, after that it was doxirubicin, lyposomol and had terrible side effects, which led to Xeloda now since last October and in 2002 when the mets to the lungs started I had two surgeries, first the left lung had resections and then the removal of my right lower lobe. This seemed to force the cancer up into and around my windpipe. That’s where I am right now!






Hazel Marie KROWAS


Hazel was born on December 8, 1947 and passed away on Monday, February 15, 2010.


Hazel was a resident of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin at the time of her passing.


She graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1966.


Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 19, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Darrick Kolterjahn officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Thursday at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and after 10 a.m. at the church on Friday until the time of services. Devotions will be conducted at 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home on Thursday. Burial will be at the Baileys Harbor Town Cemetery.


All memorials may be given to the St. Peter’s Building Fund, Door CANcer Inc., or Unity Hospice.




?Husband Herbert


?Children Chad D Krowas, John C Krowas




Yasou – Jackie & partnerJoy


About Yasou



Hello, I am a 14 year survivor of breast cancer. I was stage II when first diagnosed with three positive lymph nodes. The cancer spread to my vertebrae in the fifth year after my surgery. From 1999 to November of 2007, I was treated very successfully with a combination of herceptin and various hormonal medications. A rise in my tumor markers indicated the herceptin was no longer working and I am now on a combination of Tykerb and Xeloda.




Jacquie MELTON


About JTM



I’m a 48 yr old divorcee with two sons. I live alone but have a boyfriend of 8 years; a wire haired terrier named Millie and a beautiful cat named Kisa. I was first diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2005. I’ve had two re-occurrences. This second re-occurrence the first chemo tried has failed. We’ll try another soon.

Update Jan 2010: another failure. On to Taxotere and Xeloda. Xeloda is killing me. Off of it as of Jan 8.




Jacque Melton, 50, Kansas City, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at her home, under the care of Kansas City Hospice. A celebration of her life will be held at 1 pm, Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Overland Park Presbyterian Church. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.








Jean Chiaramonte MARTIN – 5 Sept 2012








MARTIN, Jean Chiaramonte Our beloved Jean Chiaramonte died peacefully at home among family and friends after a long illness on Wednesday, September 5th. We are happy and grateful to her for being in our lives. Devoted mother and beloved wife, Jean formed a deep connection to the people she knew and had a unique spirituality that sustained her to the end. Daughter of Livia and older sister of Christina, Lily, and Joanne, Jean grew up in Baldwin, New York; graduated from Brown University, traveled the world and met her husband David in London and settled first in Connecticut then in Scituate, Massachusetts where she raised her children Fiona, Isabel, and John. In recent years Jean worked for Bison Books, St. Joseph’s Retreat Center, the Town of Scituate, and was involved in a variety of initiatives in her community.




















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Caring Bridge:


Background Story


In December of 2005 I was diagnosed with recurrent, metastatic breast cancer after having been cancer free since my first bout in 1992. Needless to say it was devastating news. Since then I have been in constant treatment. I recently completed 6 weeks of radiation therapy and last week began a new chemo drug, Halaven (also called Eribulin), which was just approved by the FDA in late November. I have exhausted most other treatment modalities, so am very hopeful this new drug will work its wonders, zapping away my “run-amok” cancer cells. CANCER SUCKS.

In the meantime I am still vertical (yeah!) still laughing, playing bridge, reading good books, traveling (Mark and I took an RV trip to Zion and Bryce National Parks this past October) and spending time with close friends and my family. I’ve been married to the love of my life for over 32 years and we have been blessed with two incredible kids who are now two incredible adults! All three have been my rock and my joy. I’m also grateful to the many good friends who have been supportive and caring throughout my bumpy journey.







DILLON, JEANNE LEHMANN September 1, 1946 to May 8, 2012 We honor the life of Jeanne Lehmann Dillon, age 65, who died at home in the arms of her family and dearest friends in Poway, CA, on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. She is survived by her husband, Mark Dillon, her children, Michael and Lindsey, and her brother, Richard Lehmann. The eldest child of the late Erwin and Lillian Lehmann, Jeanne grew up with her brothers Richard and the late Donald Lehmann in Fresno, CA. Jeanne earned her B.A. in sociology from San Jose State University in 1968 and spent a year as an exchange student in Sweden, where she developed a love of travel – later backpacking throughout Europe. In the years after graduating from college, she studied Spanish in Mexico, taught elementary school in Los Angeles, and worked at Planned Parenthood in San Francisco. In the late 1970s she reunited with a friend from high school, Mark Dillon, who became the love of her life for the past thirty-four years. Mark and Jeanne raised their children in Los Angeles before moving to Poway in 1991. Lindsey is now working towards a Ph.D. at UC Berkeley and Michael is a producer at EFilm, a feature film post-production firm in Hollywood. Throughout her life Jeanne remained involved in the Jewish community. In high school she served on the regional board of her Jewish youth group. At age 42, she became a Bat Mitzvah and was active in Sisterhood at Temple Adat Shalom. Recently, she and Mark travelled to Israel. Jeanne loved playing bridge, was a voracious reader, and usually won family Scrabble games. She kept a wide circle of loving friends, some dating back to kindergarten. In the months before she was hospitalized with advanced cancer, she and Mark spent three weeks travelling throughout Chile, visited Michael in L.A. and Lindsey in Berkeley, and spent a weekend on the northern California coast with a close group of long-time friends. Jeanne lived her life with integrity, courage, and a witty sense of humour. She loved her family and friends very much, and will be dearly missed. Services will be held Monday, May 14th, at 1 p.m., at Temple Adat Shalom in Poway.


Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on May 12, 2012








Jennifer RAMSAY died 21 May 2011 aged 48


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Warrior – Princess – Daughter








Jennifer TORRES – victorygirl


About victorygirl





Original diagnoses 2000. TPBC
2005 Sternum/Lungs
2007 Neck Node
2010 Breast/Lung/Nodes under opposite arm.
2011 progression to several neck nodes, chest wall, and skin mets on left breast original site.

I’m high energy, focus on fitness and love to travel, creative




Jessica Colene Miller CLEM   14 September 1972 – 26 June 2012


About cancerkicker



Initially diagnosed when I was 28 (2000) with stage 1 breast cancer. I underwent a lumpectomy, chemo, radiation and 5 years of Tamoxifen. After 8 years of being cancer free and one biological baby later, I learned that my cancer had spread to my lung lining (2008). I had a hysterectomy and started on Arimidex. 5 months later that quit working and I moved on to Faslodex and Zometa. In September of 2009 I started Taxol/Avastin and Zometa and it has been destroying my cancer ever since. As of March 2010, my cancer is stable.

UPDATE: In June of 2010 my cancer started progressing again and I have switched to Xeloda/Avastin and Zometa.






Jessica Clem     Nevada

Jessica Colene Miller Clem, 39, joined our Heavenly Father on June 26, 2012 at her home surrounded by family and friends. Her vibrant spirit, enthusiastic love of life, and sparkling smile imprinted the hearts of each life she touched. Jessica (or Jess as she was fondly referred to) embodied the very essence of living life to the fullest each day and was an inspiration and motivator to many.

With her gracious spirit, she was a loving mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. Jessica was also a mentor, a life coach, and an eternal optimist always choosing to appreciate the many blessings that surrounded her.

She was born Jessica Colene Miller on September 14, 1972 in Nevada, IA to Malcolm and Nancy (Hopkins) Miller. From a very early age, it was clear that Jessica would never know a stranger. Her ability to make friends easily came naturally and all who crossed her path adored her. Family meant the most to Jessica, and as a young girl, she made many memories with them which often included a competitive card game of contract rummy to lively games of scrabble and more.

Jessica graduated from Ames High School in 1990, and went on to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in 1994 from Iowa State University where she met her husband Patrick. She cherished her college memories as a Delta Zeta sister, and had continued to maintain life-long friendships with those from both alma maters. With such a loving soul and giving heart, she set out to help others by pursuing a lifelong career in the social services field. She worked for the Institute for Social and Behavioral Research (PROSPER) at Iowa State University. Always a giver, and never a taker, Jessica flourished within this career as she gave of her talents to those who were in need.

In August of 1998, Jessica married Patrick Clem and thereafter, the two enjoyed living in Colorado and traveling the world. Exploring new places led them on many an adventure to the Caribbean, South America, Europe, and most recently Tahiti making lifetime memories. However, they would finally make their forever home (referred to as God’s Country), in the picturesque, nature filled countryside east of Nevada, IA.

Jessica’s greatest accomplishment was becoming a mother to her only child and son, Carson Patrick. It was a miraculous blessing for her to have a child and her love for him radiated. The two were inseparable all the days of her life.

Jessica found joy in the simple things in life. The sun on her back, the gathering of friends and family, and the reassurance that God had a plan. Her passion was helping others and sharing her gift of humor even during life’s challenges. She was a mentor to many who sought her advice, support, and wisdom regarding their own challenges with cancer. With her gracious touch, she was able to put others at ease in her presence and turn any gathering into an impromptu fun-filled event. Recently, Jessica held her own FUNeral where over $75,000 was raised for the Bliss Cancer Center at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, IA. Jessica took pleasure in enjoying the abundant wildlife and nature at their home with her two favorite people and seizing each day with wonder and excitement. She was fond of social gatherings, a lengthy novel, pedicures, the sand under her toes, ocean sunsets, cold MillerLite with friends, her TV “shows”, laughing and dancing and bringing joy to all those who surrounded her.

Jessica is survived by her husband, Patrick Clem; their son: Carson, Nevada, IA; parents, Malcolm and Nancy (Hopkins) Miller; brother: Jason Miller, Ames, IA; grandmother Verlee Miller, Wayland, IA; father-in-law Gary (Sue) Clem and mother-in-law Sandra Hostetter, Nevada, IA; sissies, Holly (Dan) Keane, Conifer, CO and Jennifer (Mark) Smith, Nevada, IA; brother-in-law, Christian Clem and fiancé Melanie Johnston, Nevada, IA and many adoring nephews, as well as a close circle of aunts, uncles, and cousins who will greatly miss her presence in their every day. Jessica was admired for her strong will, her rare courage as she faced adversity, and her true faith in Jesus Christ.

Jessica is preceded in death by grandfather Kenneth Miller and grandparents Duane and Jeanne Hopkins.

Visitation will be 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at Saint Thomas Aquinas Ames, IA with a Scripture Service and sharing of memories at 5 p.m. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, July 2, at Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, Jessica asked that memorials made me made in her honor to the MGMC Foundation, 1111 Duff Ave. Ames, IA 50010 where her endowment will flourish for years to come in support for others at the Bliss Cancer Center.

The Bacon Funeral Home in Nevada is handling arrangements.




Published in Des Moines Register on June 29, 2012












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Lots more about me at my blog: http://jillsblahblahblog.wordpress.com/

Background: Triple negative, original dx in June 2004, Stage IIB, no BRAC1 or 2. Mets in June 2009 (happy 5th anniversary) — 1 9mm lesion to left upper lobe of lung, on small lesion to right 8th rib (treated with radiation in December 2009), 2 small lesions to brain treated successfully with cyberknife in August 2010. Three additional small lesions to the brain dx in January and May 2010 — too small to treat, so we’ll scan again in August 2010. Radiation oncologist thinks I’ll die of old age before the brain mets “do anything” to me.

Started Abraxane/Avastin/Zometa in August 2009.




From her blog


Hello. The latest about me is that in June/July 2009 I was diagnosed with metastatic Stage IV triple negative breast cancer. I was originally diagnosed with Stage IIB in June/July 2004, treated with the full meal deal of cancer treatments (surgery, chemo, radiation) and sent on my merry way. Poof! Five years later it’s baaack it’s baaad and it’s spread to my left lung (1 small lesion), right 8th rib (1 small lesion), and left frontal lobe of the brain (2 lesions) There’s a lot of hope for me still, of course, and you can read more about that in the blog.


I say the “latest” about me because a real life has little to do with a cancer diagnosis, grave though it is. This is trite, but the truth is that I’ve just been given a bit of a warning as to what might kill me. A botched drive to the grocery store today or a slip in the bathtub tomorrow might do me in first. Who knows?


Other than that, the general stats are that I’m 50 years old, married to the wonderful Hank, and mother to 15-year-old Daniel. I live in the Seattle area, having moved here from Phoenix when I was 7 years old. I’m a professional technical writer, sometime freelance writer, and, when I’m not going through chemotherapy, I teach writing and grammar online.


I suppose the bulk of this blog will be about my current adventures going through a new round of chemotherapy, which should last about 9 months. Yikes. 9 months of poison. Can’t wait. A 9-month rant about chemo sounds extremely dull, so I’ll be adding more items of interest as the journey progresses.






This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one Jill Byington who was born in Phoenix, Arizona on June 27, 1959 and passed away in Kent, Washington, on December 8, 2010 at the age of 51. We will remember her forever.


At 2:05pm that day, Jill lost her long battle with cancer. We will miss her terribly as we’re sure many of you will. Her passing was very peaceful and we know she is with Jesus right now and probably making all of her heavenly friends laugh, just as she did for all of us while we had her here on earth.

In the Bible, in John chapter 11, Jesus tells Mary who has just lost her brother Lazarus, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” Jill is only gone from the earthly life – she is in heaven with Jesus and we know we will see her again.

Please continue your prayers, especially for husband Hank and son Daniel as they go through this difficult time.


Jill was a wonderful writer and teacher, and on her blog http://jillsblahblahblog.wordpress.com/ you can read about her journey through her cancer treatment, enjoy her unique sense of humor, and experience the love that has poured out from people she knew and touched all around the world. Also visit http://www.scholarsonline.org/Blog to share some memories from her writing community.


The date, time and place for the memorial service was January 15th, 2011 at 1:00pm at Burien Evangelical Church (500 SW 146th St, Burien, WA 98166). If you were unable to attend, please share your memories of Jill here. It will stay on this memorial site forever. Click here http://www.greatergood.com/scott/Jill_Book.mov to see the memory book that Jill’s brother Scott put together.






Jill Aline Thorson was born on June 27, 1959 in Phoenix, Arizona, the 3rd of 3 daughters. Her older sisters Debbie and Kim were 2-1/2 and 1-1/2 – so we all grew up very close in age. Jill was a cute and cuddly kid who had a knack for causing trouble and making sure her sisters got blamed for her indiscretions. I remember one dinnertime (when no adults were looking) watching her knock over an entire carton of milk. Her screams then brought my mom running. Jill put up quite a fuss blaming Kim and I for this incident. Cute and cuddly won out when my mom wouldn’t believe that little Jill could have possibly knocked over that carton by herself. So Kim and I were punished.

We attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help grade school in Scottsdale, Arizona. My mother spent a lot of time making sure all of us looked tidy and well put together in our school uniforms. Usually by the time Jill got to school she looked like she had been through several hurricanes and a dust storm. There were frequent notes sent home from the teachers complaining about Jill’s appearance. She didn’t really have to do anything to get messy, it just sort of happened. Thankfully she outgrew this.

In 1966, the family moved from Scottsdale to Seattle. We moved into a house by the airport on Jill’s 7th birthday. In the midst of unpacking boxes and moving furniture we somehow managed to have a nice party for her. Jill finished up grade school at St. Francis Catholic School and Sunnydale Elementary. Junior High was at Sunset. After enduring years of being known as Debbie and Kim’s sister in school, Jill made the choice to attend Glacier High School rather than Highline. This turned out to be a good move for her – no one knew her sisters and she ended up being the valedictorian for the class of 1977.

A few little known facts about Jill. She played Trumpet and French Horn in band through Jr. High and High School. She was also a outstanding classical guitarist and even taught guitar for awhile. Jill demonstrated a great sense of humor and talent for writing at an early age. She was brilliant at changing song lyrics – like “Strangers in the Night sneak up behind you…” and “While Shepherds washed their socks…”. This was Kim’s favorite (sung to the tune of Fascination) “It was Rinsey Soap I know that made my body so dirt wouldn’t show. It was Rinsey Soap that made him propose…” (Kim adds: I think we were pre-teens when we made up the Rinsey Soap song.)

In the early 1980′s I received a phone call from Jill. She said “Are you sitting down?” So I sat. She told me she had accepted Christ as her personal Savior. That was one of the best and most special conversations I ever had with her. Later in the 1980′s Jill met the love of her life Hank Byington. Here’s how. (These are Jill’s words from an article printed in Guidepost’s magazine in February 1993.)

Games and heartbreak. That’s what dating seemed like to me and I wasn’t playing along anymore. I give up Lord, I prayed one night. If you want me to marry someone you’re going to have to drop him in my lap.

Six months later on a church trip to give a presentation, I squeezed into a small car with several other members of the congregation. “The band’s bus broke”, the pastor informed us at the last minute. “We’re going to have to fit more people in the cars.”

Not in this one, I thought. We were already packed in like sardines. There was a knock on my window. It was Hank the drummer smiling uncertainly into the back seat. I rolled down the window. “There’s no room in here ”, I said, “unless you want to sit on my lap.”

Hank grinned. “Let’s switch”, he suggested. “You sit on my lap instead.”

And Hank and I got married one year after that trip.

Jill and Hank married on April 16, 1988. At that time both of them were working for Boeing as technical writers. Jill completed college and got her degree in Technical Writing from the University of Washington in 1990. She also began to do a lot of freelance writing. In 1994, Jill and Hank were excited to find out that they were expecting, and on October 27th of that year Daniel was born. Jill quit working to become a full time mom. (The following is excerpted from an article Jill wrote for a Mom’s magazine, published in 1996. The article is titled Nobody Told Me.)

Ever since I gave birth to my son my brain has undergone a drastic change.

That’s the first thing nobody told me about motherhood; that from the instant I gave birth I would be eternally preoccupied. The direct effect of this change is that I will never again be able to find my car keys unless of course they are in my son’s mouth. This loss of concentration comes at an unfortunate time -I need a fully functioning brain now more than ever.

That’s another thing nobody told me; that staying at home to raise my son would be the most mentally challenging thing I have ever done. After years of work in high-tech industries I was accustomed to the relentless grinding predictability of most technical jobs. In contrast, being a mother is always surprising. Every child is a new gift to the world capable of changing by the moment; as unpredictable as a summer storm. The little boy who spits up on my shoulder has a brain far more complex than any super-computer. He has more value than all the accrued technical advances of the centuries. He is an awesome responsibility and I hold him in my hands.

Shortly after Daniel’s birth, Jill discovered cyberspace. She joined an on-line mom’s group called FAMs – Forum Addicted Mothers. She kept in contact with these women from all over the world for 15 years. Most of them she never met. (Thanks ladies for the 11 pages of tribute to Jill!)

Jill decided to go back to work full time and started working for the FAA sometime in the early part of this century (I’m not sure of the exact date). Guess what- Jill was a technical writer and editor of the FAA’s on-line newsletter. (Jill’s boss told us on the day of the memorial that the next edition of the newsletter will be dedicated to Jill.)

Jill’s first cancer diagnosis – triple negative breast cancer – came in the summer of 2004. At that time she went through 6 months of chemotherapy and her cancer went away.

After this first bout of cancer, Jill went back to work for the FAA and in 2006 began teaching writing for “Scholars On-Line” a Christian home-schooling site. She taught for 3 years. She loved teaching, she loved her students, and they loved her.

Jill’s cancer came back with a vengeance in July of 2009 almost 5 years to the day after her first diagnosis. This time the breast cancer spread to her lungs, bone and brain. After being encouraged by many friends, she decided to start a blog so JillsBlahBlahBlog was born. Since the first entry on August 9, 2009 there have been 37,309 visitors from 84 different countries. We all got a perspective on cancer and its treatment from this blog. It was real and honest; it also made us laugh and cry. We learned that Jill hated pink, and Breast Cancer awareness month (October) just annoyed her. Jill also hated being called brave. In fact she said in her blog, “My latest pet peeve is the people who keep calling me ‘brave.” Ha! Brave would be stepping out in front of a car to rescue someone. Brave is when you have a choice. My only choice is to go through crappy treatments or jump off a building. How is that brave?”

Jill won many battles with her cancer but on December 8, 2010, cancer ultimately won the war. The good news – Jill is enjoying a cancer free existence in heaven and we all have the opportunity to see her again. Maybe Jill wasn’t brave but it does take courage to share feelings and issues as openly as she did.

I end by suggesting you read one of Jill’s blog entries from May 2010: The Transient Beauty of Everyday Life http://jillsblahblahblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/12/the-transient-beauty-of-everyday-life/. I think this says more about the way Jill chose to live her life more than anything she has written.

By Jill’s sister Debbie (on behalf of Jill’s mom (Gail) and sister Kim and brothers Mark & Scott)







About jodiv



Im stage 4 TNBC liver, plurea of lungs,spots in bones gone, more around spleen, on BS201 trial and am stable.


Died 19 June 2011






Jodine L. Vanderpool


May 1, 1959 – June 19, 2011 Shelby, Ohio


Jodine was born on May 1, 1959 and passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2011.


Jodine was a resident of Shelby, Ohio at the time of her passing.


Jodi was a 1977 graduate of Plymouth High School.


She is survived by her husband David.


As per Jodi’s wishes, calling hours and funeral services will not be observed. A family gathering celebrating Jodi’s life will be held at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, memorial expressions may be made in Jodi’s memory to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Dr., Ashland, Ohio 44805 It was Jodi’s wish that individuals would reach out to other cancer patient’s emotional and financial needs.






Jodine L. “Jodi” Vanderpool

SHELBY: Jodine L. “Jodi” Vanderpool, age 52, resident of Taft St., Shelby died Sunday June 19, 2011 at her home.

Born May 1, 1959 in Willard, Ohio to Marvin F. Courtright and Alice M. (Barber) Baughman, she had been a Shelby area resident the majority of her life. Jodi was a 1977 graduate of Plymouth High School.

She enjoyed crafts, camping and spending time in the sun. Her greatest joy was the time spent with her beloved family and her faithful companion, Rascal.

Survivors include her husband, David A. Vanderpool, whom she wed April 14, 1990; two sons, Eric (Tiffany) Vanderpool of Batesville, IN and Chad (Laci) Vanderpool of Shelby; her mother, Alice (Charles) Baughman of Ontario; her siblings, Gary (Peggy) Courtright of Bellville, Steve (Jane) Courtright of Urbandale, Iowa, David (Dawn) Courtright of Port Clinton, Daniel Courtright of Portland, Oregon, Michael (Donnie) Courtright of Wilard, Sue Stevens of Mt. Vernon, Mark (Joan) Courtright of Willard, and Lisa Courtright of Loudonville; nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her father, infant brother, Michael Joel Courtright and infant sister, Alicia Mary Courtright.

As per Jodi’s wishes, calling hours and funeral services will not be observed. A family gathering celebrating Jodi’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial expressions may be made in Jodi’s memory to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Dr., Ashland, Ohio 44805 It was Jodi’s wish that individuals would reach out to other cancer patient’s emotional and financial needs. Barkdull Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at www.barkdullfuneralhome.com


Published in the News Journal on June 21, 2011








Jorjanne Burton HAMILTON


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I am a wife, a mother and a warrior. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer May 7, 2008. Did the whole nine yards-chemo, radical mastectomy, more chemo, radiation and Tamoxifen-I’m hormone positive. The doctors were “optimistic” that I was cancer free. Then July 2, 2010 I went to the er with what everyone thought were kidney stones. The doctor ordered a CT to see how big the stones were to decide on treatment but instead of finding kidney stones, he found several spots on my bones. I was blindsided! I had just had a check up with my oncologist a month before. I went back to my oncologist and had a PET Scan which confirmed the bad news-the cancer had spread to my bones. Metastatic Breast Cancer, I couldn’t believe it. Now, I’m in treatment again although the doctor tells me all they can do is try to keep it from spreading and manage the pain. My oncologist changed me from Tamoxifen to Femara. I had radiation on my L4 vertebrae. In November I started chemo-Taxotere and Cytoxan, along with Zometa (which I actually started in August). Recently a PET Scan revealed the cancer had spread to my liver. June 2, I began a new chemo regimen of Ixempra and will begin Xeloda June 15th.






Jorjanne Burton Hamilton


By editor


Created 11/12/2011 – 02:05


Jorjanne Burton Hamilton, 43, daughter of Ken and Karlen Burton of Guymon and Jan Ross and the late Fred Ross of Brandon, Miss.
Jorjanne was born on Dec. 9, 1967, while her dad, Ken Burton, was serving in Vietnam.
She died Nov. 4, 2011, at Baptist Hospital, Jackson, Miss., from metastatic breast cancer.
Jorjanne is survived by husband Mickey Hamilton and 12 year old son Walter Hamilton of Pelahatchie, Miss.; father Ken Burton and step mother Karlen Burton of Guymon; mother Jan Ross of Brandon, Miss.; sisters Stephanie Burton Ridge and Candace Flowers of Brandon, Miss., and brother Erikk Burton of Guymon.
Services took place at Crossroads Baptist Church in Pelahatchie, Miss. on Nov. 7, 2011.






Jorjanne Hamilton


Date of Birth:


Saturday, December 9th, 1967


Date of Death:


Friday, November 4th, 2011


Obituary: Jorjanne Burton Hamilton




Jorjanne Burton Hamilton, 43, a resident of Pelahatchie passed away Friday, November 04, 2011 at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, Jackson, MS. Visitation will be held at Wolf Funeral services on Sunday, November 06, 2011 from 4:30 until 8:00 pm and again on Monday, November 07, 2011 from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm. Funeral services will be at Crossroads Baptist Church in Pelahatchie, MS on Monday, November 07, 2011 at 2:00 pm with burial following in the Crossroads Baptist Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. John Vaughn. Wolf Funeral Services in Morton will be in charge of arrangements.


Jorjanne had lived in Pelahatchie, MS since 1997 moving from Jackson, MS and was a member of the Pelahatchie United Methodist Church in Pelahatchie, MS. Mrs. Hamilton attended Crossroads Baptist Church in Pelahatchie, MS. She had worked as a teacher’s aide with the Rankin County Public Schools for over eight years.


She was preceded in death by her grandson, Brett Holmes; grandparents, Harold and Georgia Lee Pillsbury; step-father, Freddy Ross; and uncle, Jimmy Pillsbury.


She is survived by her husband, Mickey Hamilton of Pelahatchie; mother, Jan Ross of Brandon; father and step-mother, Ken and Karlen Burton of Oklahoma; two sons, Walter Hamilton of Pelahatchie; Bryan Hamilton of Morton; two daughters, Misty Edwards of Pelahatchie; Heather Holmes of Pelahatchie; two sisters, Stephanie Ridge of Brandon; Candace Flowers of Brandon; one brother, Erikk Burton of Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Mattie Holmes, Kyndall Patton, Camden Patton and Dawson Edwards; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.


Pallbearers will be Todd Pillsbury, Zach Pillsbury, Greg Pillsbury, Brendan Goff, Brooke Ridge, and David Bowman.










Judith Warren Vasiliauskas – 6 Dec 2009


About JudyV



Mother of 3 great (grown) kids. Married to a saint (well most of the time he is a saint .. he has his moments). Grandmother to many, and great-grandma to one. 66 years young.
Breast cancer diagnosed 2001, surgery, chemo & radiation.
Metastasized to lungs, 2006, chemo, chemo, chemo and then finally in-home Hospice.






Vasiliauskas, Judith Warren “Judy V”


Dec 24, 1942 – Dec 6, 2009
Fort Collins, CO. Passed away after a courageous battle with breast cancer.
Born in Lincoln, NE to William O. and Lucile Askine Warren. She grew up in Omaha, NE. She later lived in Aurora, CO, Estes Park, CO, Henderson, NV and was currently residing in Fort Collins, CO. Judy was a lifetime member of MENSA and served as National Secretary and an International Representative. In Fort Collins, she was a member of the Pioneer Association, First Presbyterian Church, and served on the Senior Advisory Board. Judy was always active in the churches and communities where she lived. She is survived by her loving husband, Joseph; daughter Tracey (Randy) TeKrony, Westminster, CO; sons Joe (Carolyn) Vasiliauskas, Fort Collins, CO, Jon (Laura) Vasiliauskas, Yuma, AZ; sisters Eileen McVeigh, Huntington Beach, CA, Nancy Warren, Irvine, CA; brother William Warren, Albuquerque, NM; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
MEMORIAL SERVICE Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 1pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 531 South College Ave., Fort Collins CO 80524. Contributions may be made to the “Judy V” Scholarship Fund, c/o Mensa Foundation, 1229 Corporate Dr. West, Arlington TX 76006 or online contributions may be made at www.mensafoundation.org.


Published in Omaha World-Herald on December 9, 2009










Julie A EISELE 1963 – 2012

About BlindsidedinNY



Dx with stage 0 in 2003 at 40 years of age. Pathology found a small invasive component so upgraded to stage 1. ER/PR+ Her2Neu-
– Rt Mastectomy, Lft prophalactic mastectomy year later
– Radiation to chest wall
– 2 years Lupron
– 5 years Tamoxifen
Dx with Stage IV, Sept 09, extensive, widespread bone mets, liver mets and lung mets, ER/PR+ Her2Neu-
– Total hysterectomy, Oct 09
– Femara
– Arredia
Pet Scan, Nov 09 – dramatic resolution all areas of
– Major heart arrhythmias and bone/joint pain. Switched to Zometa in April, now nearly symptom free.
– Femara stopped working May, 2010
– Faslodex June 2010 – January 2011
– Cisplatin with Olaparib February 2011 – October 2011
– Xgevia November 2011 – present
– Xeloda December 2011 – April 2012 – failed, total liver involvement.
– Abraxane May 2012-?








EISELE – Julie A., PhD., 48,Doctor of Developmental Psychology, died July 8, 2012 at AMCH in Albany, NY. Born in Rockville Centre, Long Island on November 12, 1963, the daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Eisele. She was a graduate of Cornell University and employed as a Community Educator for the NYS Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York. In addition to her parents, Julie is the mother of Max and Grace Papele, former husband, Jeff Papele; sister of Michael (Sandy) Eisele, Karen (Michael) Caridi, Eric and Thomas (Geri) Eisele. Aunt of Erica, Lucas, Kristin, Michael, Ella andSamantha. Memorial Mass Friday 3:00 pm St. Thomas More, 119 Kings Hwy, Hauppauge, NY. Contributions to the National Breast Cancer Coalition at www.KnowBreastCancer.Org.






CLIFTON PARK – Julie A. Eisele, Ph.D., 48, Doctor of Developmental Psychology, entered into eternal life Sunday, July 8, 2012, at Albany Medical Center Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.
Julie was born Nov. 12, 1963, in Rockville Centre, Long Island, the daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Hunt Eisele. She was a graduate of Cornell University and was employed as a community educator for the New York State Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York.
In addition to her parents, Julie is the loving mother of Max and Grace Papele; former wife and longtime companion of Jeff Papele; loving sister of Michael (Sandy) Eisele, Karen (Michael) Caridi and Eric and Thomas (Geri) Eisele; and aunt of Erica, Lucas, Kristin, Michael, Ella and Samantha.
A celebration of life will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton Park. Calling hours will be held prior to the service beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made in Julie’s memory to the National Breast Cancer Coalition at http://www.KnowBreastCancer.
org, of which Julie was a strong advocate and on its patient speaker panel.
Arrangements have been entrusted by the family to Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton Park, NY 12065; 371-5454.










About FairyBliss / Cookie



After finding a lump in my right breast I was diagnosed in Sep 2004 stage IIIa breast cancer, estrogen positive with some lymph node involvement but contained to the area. In 2 weeks time I underwent a biopsy, a lumpectomy and a mastectomy of my right breast. Then I went through chemo for 6 months, then radiation.

In Dec 2007 the cancer metastasized to my bone, in my spine. I underwent radiation in the area. Then I had radio frequency ablation with vertrebroplasty. It helped with the pain

That same year I decided to have a prophylactic mastectomy of my left breast followed by reconstruction of both starting with the left. I got the left side completed then…

in 2009 I started having pain in my right groin area and was walking with a cane. Went in for scans and found a tumor on my pelvic bone. In Oct I fell and severely fractured my right hip, non operable they told us. The hip actually healed quite well except that leg is now an inch and a half shorter than my left leg. After more tests I have tumors on my left pelvic and femur bone and in my left ribs

After returning home from the rehab hospital I fell yet again and fractured several hips. The scan report also stated that my breast implant had ruptured so, I recently had that removed also, just last Thursday.

So, I am currently stage IV metastatic breast cancer to the bone. They tell me there is no cure once you are stage IV, only continuous treatments to keep me alive. They also tell me that metastasis to the bone is the easiest to treat and less fatal. I’ve not been given a time line, they just keep treating what the find. Problem is, the problem areas are not going away.

Since it metastasized to my bone treatments have been radiation, arimedex, femara, zometa, flaxedol (sp?) and Xeloda, none of which have had any effect since finding new problem areas in 2009. If anyone has any other ideas I’m listening.


Died 21 June 2012


17 year old son


Husband Mike


Katherine Jean TATE   April 4, 1955 – July 16, 2012

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I am a 54 y/o woman with a full life, and breast cancer with mets to bones. I am one of those 6% whose cancer had already metastisized to my bones long before I found the lump in my breast. The lump was found in 12/06, a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation in ’07. In ’08 I asked dr to help me learn the difference between the sensation of a pulled muscle and bone pain. My arm ached every now and then and I assumed it was a pulled muscle. I had total range of motion and used that arm primarily, due to lymphedema in my other. An x-ray just to confirm his dx of nothing wrong showed a broken bone in my arm where the tumor had grown and broken thru. Worse, the shoulder was mostly dead bone, the marrow eaten away by the cancer. I had no pain. But with this much damage, the cancer had been there for 10 or 15 yrs. No idea. Mets in my spine and rib, as well. Surgery, rod and screws later, on SSI due to spinal pain and fatigue, and i am incredibly grateful to have this time for myself to sort thru so much of my life and follow so many of my dreams. I’m not focused on when I will die. I have no plans to invasively fight this cancer – I want to be living these days I have, not use them in a battle. I am on meds (zometa and faslodex) that are working for now, and I figure my body co-existed with cancer for many yrs, and we will just continue to figure this out.






April 4, 1955 – July 16, 2012

Kathy left us quietly on July 16, 2012, surrounded by her loved ones at her bedside at Solvay Hospice House in Duluth, Minnesota. She wrote the following obituary before she died:

“I lived 57 years, 3 months and 12 days – and wow, what a ride it was! I was born into a remarkable family including my parents, Bob and Ruth, my younger brothers, Jeff, David and Mike, and later their wives Ginny, Sandra, and Angela (my sisters in heart), and my adorable eleven nieces and nephews. We stayed close. They loved me completely.

I was born onto this earth April 4, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas. My parents moved to Berkeley, California, when I was six weeks old so my father could attend seminary. My brothers, Jeff and David, soon arrived. We joined the ranks of military kids when my father became a Navy Chaplain when I was four. We lived on military bases from California to North Carolina to Florida to Texas, and to Iwakuni, Japan, where my brother, Mike, was born. Upon our return to the states we moved to the Philadelphia/New Jersey area where I graduated high school, college and graduate school.

In July 1993, I left the East Coast and moved to Duluth, Minnesota, which is the most exquisitely beautiful place on Earth. I felt I had come home. I found much solace in her woods and lakes. I discovered kindred spirits focusing on social justice issues in both the Quaker Meeting and Peace Church. I explored my Celtic Christianity roots and made three pilgrimages to Iona, Scotland. I became a vegetarian and attempted to live a life that respected all living creatures. I happily shared my bed with several animals and never met one I didn’t want to bring home.

I worked for seventeen years at my dream job as a psychotherapist at the residential facility, Northwood Children’s Services in Duluth. Oh, the children I have loved! I thrived in the challenging position, working with wonderful professionals. They donated untold sick hours to me while I struggled to work for a couple of years after my diagnosis of breast cancer. When I could no longer work they continued until my death to care for me in countless ways. These people are part of a program that does excellent work with very difficult children. In lieu of flowers, if you want to make a donation in my name, please do so to Northwood Children’s Services, on-line or mailed to NWCS at 714 West College Street, Duluth, Minnesota, 55811.

Over the years some amazing people became my “Duluth Family.” As I became more ill, they took care of all the details of my life. I can never thank enough the people who surrounded me with so much love, and who made all the difference during my final weeks and days.

I also received the best of care from Essentia Health’s oncology and hospice services. Thank you, Dr. Mihailo Lalich, my oncologist, for walking this path with me until the very end.


Published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle from July 21 to July 24, 2012








Kelli, died 1 July 2011

About RainyLakelady



Stage 3A Aug 2008 – Allergic to docetaxel
6 rounds Cychlo and Abraxane w/32 rads

Stage 4 April 2010 – 2 small tumors in abdomen (no organ involvement) and large tumor in sacrum – axillary and supraclavical lymph nodes
Carbo/Gemzar/Zometa started April – July 2010

Brain MRI and PET Scan at Mayo Rochester showed “no visualized FDG avid metastases on today’s exam”. They told me I was in remission.

Oct 2010 – three stubborn lymph nodes show up on PET – using Gemzar and now adding metformin. Metformin made me really sick – just Gemzar

Added Carbo back in for January 2011 trtmts. Pain worsening in abdomen and node under implant growing.
January PET scan showed new nodes in bowl area around old Sacrum site – two new sites – gemzar alone not shrinking so we are cutting it out and doing only Carbo 2 weeks on 1 week off – 2 AUC dose.




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Kristen Valek Hutton


15 August 1970 – 18 August 2012


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Kristen Valek Hutton


Kristen Valek Hutton, 42, died peacefully at her home on August 18, 2012 after second yearlong battle with breast cancer. She was born in Southampton, NY on August 15, 1970 and spent her childhood in Tolland, CT. She is survived by her daughter, Molly Hutton and husband Jim Hutton, her parents, James and Carol Valek, her sister Beth Diaz and husband Jason and their children, Mia and Jayden, her mother-in-law, Christine Hutton and the late Donald Hutton, brother-in-law, Doug and wife Kim and their children, Riley and Dylan, brother-in-law, Todd and wife Sarah, and their children, Colby and Chase.


Kristen graduated from Tolland High School in 1988 and the University of Rhode Island in 1992. She was the Director of Client Services for Digital Insurance in Vermont. She enjoyed everything outdoors, including running, mountain biking, skiing and camping. She was lucky enough to share her life with a loving family and amazing friends who were with her at the end. She will be greatly missed, but touched so many lives that her memory will live on forever.


A memorial gathering will be held on Wednesday, August 22nd at 2pm at The Lodge at Millstone Hill in East Barre, VT. Please come spend some time with us to celebrate Kristen’s life.


In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to one of the following: the Kristen Hutton Memorial Trust to Benefit Molly Hutton, contributions may be sent to: Attorneys Woodward & Kelley, PLLC, 1233 Shelburne Road, Suite D-3, South Burlington, VT 05403 or to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, http://www.bcrfcure.org.


Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at http://www.guareandsons.com






Laura Lee BERGMAN,  LaGata, 1947 – 2010


About LaGata



Hi everyone, this is LaGata’s husband. Laura left this world on July 11, 2010, her cancer moved to her brain and 13 days later she was gone. As sad as this may be, she was at home with me and she left me with a smile on her face. She loved to write and express her opinion. She really was as sharp as she seemed. Thanks to everyone that spend time with her, for you are the luckery for it.

About me??? That would take a book or even a few. Suffice it to say that I’m now a three time cancer survivor that shares my home with a husband and four inside cats and another cat adopted my husband, making five now.

When I was at my lowest point during chemo treatments, hubby asked me how long cats usually live. I told him about 20 years. He asked how old Oliver was, our youngest, at that time. I said, he’s three. Hubby contemplated a moment and said, “Okay, I’ll make you a deal. You live 17 more years and then you can do whatever you want. But I can’t take care of all these cats alone”. I laughed harder than I’d done in months.

Update; Here it is the 7th of February, ’09. That date has a distinguishing memory tied to it. Six years ago on Feb. 7th, is when my son’s body was found. Now, Feb 5th will be etched in my brain also as that’s the day my mets to the bone was diagnosed. Feb. 17th was the date of my first breast cancer diagnosis. I hate Februarys! It’s also the month my first cancer was diagnosed way back in 1990.




Laura Lee Bergman


Laura was born on April 26, 1947 and passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2010.


Laura was a resident of Ogden, Utah at the time of her passing.


She is survived by her husband Mark.


A memorial service for family and friends will be held Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at Lindquists North Ogden Mortuary, 2140 N. Washington Blvd.
Family will meet with friends Saturday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the mortuary.






Laura Parisi KING

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If Cancer Was a Gift I Would Have Returned It a Long Time Ago


by Laura Parisi King, LMSW


It is absolutely maddening to me when people say that cancer is a blessing or a gift. “It wasn’t until I got cancer that I started to live my life,”they say. “I didn’t realize how wonderful my life was until I got cancer.” “After going through treatments for my cancer, I learned to meditate and started to take yoga classes.” “It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.” ARGHHH!


As a social worker, a woman living with stage IV breast cancer, and the caregiver for my husband who is living with advanced prostate cancer, I can tell you firsthand that cancer isnot a gift. It is not a blessing. It is nothing more than a horrible, relentless, painful, uncertain, and frightening disease. Calling it anything else simply validates the cancer as the powerful force in your life when in reality the powerful force is you.


How wonderful it would be to give yourself, not cancer, the credit.


You had the courage to live your life in spite of this tremendous challenge.You came to the realization that your life is wonderful even with cancer as a part of your reality. You made the decision to take yoga and to meditate. Cancer did not make any of those decisions for you. How wonderful it would be to give yourself, not cancer, the credit for that.


I would love to see the men, women, and children who face this disease and take something positive from it be recognized for their bravery, strength, courage, and determination. It takes a certain type of person to forge ahead and bring meaning to the unfortunate experience of having cancer. How easy it would be to curl up in a ball, lay in bed day after day and say, “poor me.” How easy it would be to become a bitter, angry, and resentful person. Quite frankly, I get offended when people say that cancer is a gift. If cancer was a gift, I would have returned it a long time ago.


In a way, I respect those people who choose to see cancer that way. Perhaps they are trying to see the light through the darkness in the only way they know how. But I encourage my clients and my readers to see it another way. Instead of being thankful for the “gift” of cancer, be thankful for the gifts of strength, courage, and faith. Be thankful for the blessings of family, friends, and community members who help you through the physical and emotional pain. Rejoice in yourself. Give yourself much deserved credit for being a fighter, for not giving up, for taking a life-changing experience and making the change a positive one. Acknowledge yourself as the gift and the blessing that you truly are.


♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦


Laura King is a social worker, a public speaker, and the author of the inspirational book Dear Cancer (available at www.authorhouse.com).


This article was originally published in Coping® with Cancer magazine, January/February 2008.








About the Author


Laura Parisi King is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She is the author of GRANDA, a young adult novel about stereotypes and self-discovery. Her short stories have appeared in LISTEN Magazine. Laura has been a contributor to COPING Magazine, a creative writing instructor, and a columnist for the newsletter TAKING THE FEAR OUT OF CANCER. She has been interviewed on radio and television, and she has been the guest speaker in schools in New York and Florida.In October 2002, Laura was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. Her positive attitude and inspirational writings have helped support and encourage people with cancer and other life-changing events.


Book Description


Publication Date: 23 Jun 2006


DEAR CANCER is a book of inspiration and comfort that will make the reader laugh, cry, and see adversity in a new light. The author shares her true story of living with stage IV breast cancer from the shock of diagnosis to the rigors of chemotherapy and other treatments. Written with honesty, sensitivity and humor, DEAR CANCER will support and encourage anyone who is confronted by cancer, or any life-changing illness, or event. DEAR CANCER touches EVERY emotion from extreme sadness and rage, to joy and gratitude. It is a gift you must give to your body, mind and soul.








Dec 03, 1960


Oct 17, 2010


Last residence: 11769 (Oakdale, Suffolk, NY)


Laura S King (1960 – 2010)


Laura S King, born 3 December 1960, died 17 October 2010 aged 50 years.  Last know residence, Oakdale, Suffolk County, New York, 11769      Social security death record.




Another Angel In Our Midst





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It is with deep regret that I report one of our team mates, Edaura, passed away on 1-17-10 at 1:30 p.m. Her family shared that she departed peacefully. It is comforting to know that Laura joins her husband, Ed, who passed away from cancer several years ago. The two had a story book romance–sailing around the world and having all types of adventures. Laura was one of the first people to help me through the realities of being diagnosed at such a “young” age, I will miss her






Laurie Ann Gardipee LASEE 1965 – 2011


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I was dx’d 6-6-2006 with TN BC. Did AC x 2, didn’t respond, 1 Taxotere, allergic, mastectomy, 3 x Gemzar/cisplatin and 33 rads. Single lung met removed 12/08. Now dealing with TN to mediastium/hilar nodes, lung and brain. Currently doing 14 WBR treatments to finish hopefully 4/16/2010. Then on to chemo.






Laurie Ann (Gardipee) Lasee, 46, De Pere, Wis. died Nov. 10, 2011. She was born Jan. 21, 1965, in Green Bay. She was the daughter of the late Elaine (Sutherland) Gardipee, 1972, and Carlton Edward Gardipee, 2004.

She is survived by her loving husband, Mike, two daughters, Katherine and Christine at home. The sixth of six children, she is survived by three brothers and one sister, Mike Gardipee, Mich.; Linda (Karl) Marquardt, Denmark, Wis.; Jerry (Linda) Gardipee, Waukesha; Daniel Gardipee, Green Bay. She is further survived by special nieces, Elizabeth (Eric) and Heather and special fiend, and many nephews, a great-niece and nephews. Also surviving are her mother and father-in-law, Ruth and Vincent Lasee, sister-in-law, Peggy (Dave) Peters, Terry Haack (Milwaukee) and brother in law, Paul. She is also survived by some very special friends…they know who they are.

Besides her parents, Laurie was preceded in death by her brother, Patrick (Carol Cormier), Green Bay; and her nephew, Adam Marquardt.

Laurie graduated from Southwest High School, Green Bay, in 1983, and attended classes at NWTC. She married Mike on Aug. 17, 1991, and they recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. She worked for 11 years at a local insurance company until becoming a stay at home mom and starting her own in-home administrative business, Laurie’s Office Support in 1999.

She loved being a wife and mom more than anything, and was so very proud of all of her husband’s and daughters’ accomplishments. She was active and a great supporter in her girls’ activities and hardly ever missed any of her daughters’ events. She enjoyed traveling, reading, learning anything new, and making new memories with her family.

Family and friends may call at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Family, corner of Lourdes Ave and Suburban Drive, De Pere ,Wis. from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, with a prayer service at 6 p.m. Visitation will continue after 9 a.m. Monday at the church, until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Tim Shillcox O. Praem officiating burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.ryanfh.com The RYAN FUNERAL HOME in De Pere is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers; Laurie specifically requested everyone perform random acts of kindness on a daily basis.

Thank you to Father Tim Shilcox for his spiritual support. Thank you to all the families and friends for their support and meals for the family. Another special thank you to the West De Pere Music Parents for their support and kindness. A very special thank you to Dr. Volk, all the nurses, staff at Green Bay Oncology, and Unity Hospice who took such good care of Laurie.


Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on November 12, 2011










Laverna Maylee HAWKINS  died 21 June 2012 age 68




HAWKINS Laverna Maylee Hawkins, a retired service associate for Sam’s Wholesale, peacefully departed this life at her residence on Thursday, June 21, 2012. She was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Marrero, La. and Delgado Community College, and a former early childcare teacher at Arden Cahill Academy. Loving and devoted mother of Daisy R. (Jonas) Harrison, Virgin (Damon) Davis, and the late Alphonsus Joseph Hawkins. Daughter of the late Gladiss Boudreaux Hawkins and Patrick Hawkins. Sister of Jermel Hawkins, Jerry Hawkins, Ervin Hawkins, Bernadette McCaleb, Albertine Jackson, Janice Hawkins, Edrena Hawkins, Barbara Hawkins, Mary Alexander, Terry Taylor, Jacqueline Firven and the late Patrick Hawkins, Jr. aAlso survived by 5 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Age 68 years. A native of New Orleans, La. and a resident of River Ridge, La. Laverna was loved abundantly. Relatives and friends of the family, also priest and parishioners of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church and all neighboring churches are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 455 Ames Blvd., Marrero, La. on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Father Carabella, celebrant. Visitation will begin at 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Rosary 8:45 a.m. Celebration of Life 9:30 a.m. Interment: Restlawn Park Cemetery, Avondale, La. Arrangements by Davis Mortuary Service 230 Monroe St., Gretna, La. To view and sign the guestbook, please go to www.davismortuaryservice.com


Published in The Times-Picayune from June 26 to June 27, 2012




Mom got her wings today     By withluv4mom· June 22, 2012 at 12:53 am


My mom passed away this morning. She was ready to go and did so peacefully. I’m thankful God allowed my sister and me to care for her the way we did. Just hours before she left, she made several calls to friends and family members, to say farewell. It looked like she was just sleeping peacefully. I miss her already, but I haven’t cried yet. I know it’s coming b/c I’m hurting and she was everything to me. I have my sister, husband and two beautiful boys ages 5 and 3. I pray God will help us heal. We love you, Laverna Maylee Hawkins. You came pretty darn close to perfect!


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Leanna aka Velcro

About Velcro



I am 34 years old with a wonderful husband and 2 outstanding kids Noah and Sienna. I was a hospital corpsman in the Navy for 8 years. My husband remained in the Navy and we got stationed overseas in India for 3 years. While in India, I found a lump and had it imaged. Was told it was a benign fibroadenoma. Lots of changes in my L breast. 9 months later, I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer stage 3B. Carcinoma in lymph nodes as well. I had the TRAM procedure and had many complications. In June 2010, I was diagnosed with mets to the lungs and I am now undergoing Chemo AGAIN- O’h Joy! Update 10/2010. Mets to ribs, spine, neck and brain. Can you say “Frustrated”




My beautiful wife and best friend




  • By Velcro· April 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm · 92 replies


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To all who know my wife Leanna “velcro” it is with a broken heart that I tell you she past away on the 16th of April @ 1212 am. She started hospice care about 1 month ago and was able to do a lot of what she wanted. Unfortunately the disease continued to progress and in the last 2 weeks her condition got drastically worse. She is survived by our 2 beautiful children Noah & Sienna and myself. She truly was a beautiful person both inside and out. Compassionate, funny, and sincere were my babes trademarks. I remember 2 years ago when I was reading a similar post made by a husband. It broke my heart to read it, but I knew one day I may very well need to do the same thing. To all of you who are fighting this terrible disease, PLEASE don’t ever give up and cherish every moment you have with your family and friends. That’s what my babe did! Take care and LIVE.








Lori Lynn BAUR

About truelori



I haven’t shared any additional information about myself.


Lori Lynn Baur formerly of Elk Grove Village A memorial service for Lori Lynn Baur of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., will take place at Prince of Peace United Methodist Church, 1400 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village, Ill., on Saturday, April 9, at 2 p.m. The Rev. Hwa Young Chong and the Rev. J. Peter Lovell will officiate. Lori was born on July 21, 1969, and passed away on Feb. 19, 2011. She was buried at Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve, New Field, N.Y., on Feb. 24, with family and friends participating in the service. Lori was the loving wife of Alfred “Fredi” Meli of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. She is survived by Fredi; her parents, William C. and Martha Baur of Elk Grove Village; sister, Sara (Daniel) Bruno; niece and goddaughter, Kathryn “Katie” Bruno of Roselle; and grandmother, Rhea Van Sickle of Rockford, Ill. She is also survived by Fredi’s parents, Josef and Ruth Meli of Glarus, Switzerland; his brothers, Pierre and Robi Meli; nieces Tamara and Deborah Meli; and nephew Hugo Meli, all of Switzerland; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, loving friends and her cat, Mikey. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, William F. and Martha Baur and Robert E. Van Sickle; and her pets, Joey and Westley. Lori was a 1987 graduate of J.B. Conant High School. She received her B.A. in psychology from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and her M.A. in music therapy from New York University, New York, N.Y. She was a master’s level music therapist, licensed creative arts therapist and an adjunct faculty member at New York University. She was also a medical transcriptionist. Lori was an artist, musician and writer. She had a passion for making a difference in the world; caring for people, animals and our earth. In May 2010, she was chosen to be the Honorary Breast Cancer Awareness Bat Girl for the New York Yankees. “Love really is everything. There IS nothing else. We have to let go of the other crap to begin to live in love and light every day of our lives. Anxiety makes this more difficult, but I beseech you to reach for love every time.” ~ Lori Lynn Baur In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (bestfriends.org/donate) in memory of Lori or to Alfred Meli, c/o Mahopac National Bank, Sleepy Hollow Division, 49 Beekman Ave., Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on April 3, 2011








Lorri HOOVER, – 10 Oct 2010

About chloemom



I’m 58 years young (nice to say it that way again). I have one lovely daughter who just turned 30, joy of my life. I’m married, for 19 years, to a very smart man who is workaholic, not very handy but clever in many other ways.

For most of my career I worked with people who have a mental illness and trained other people in the field. For the last 8 years I worked at a small private college as a counselor and then worked to support students who had disabilities and also provided career services. I absolutely LOVED working with students! That’s the main reason it was so difficult to leave my job a few months ago.

My life has been serendipitous all the way which includes finding this site at just the right moment!
What a ride it has been and continues to be!!

I love the oceans, sunshine, walks on the beach..which begs the question, why do I still live in the midwest?? My in-laws are all in South Jersey so that helps me get to the shore. My family is all in Iowa. I live in the land of political poles, IL, from the hope of Obama & Lincoln to the scourge of Blago type scandals!

I enjoy music, all arts, especially photography, swimming, played softball and volleyball for years and years, love animals, mountains, laughter, learning new things, voracious reader, quiet moments, travelling to new places…so many things.

I require time alone, more than ever now. Gives me an opportunity to reflect, recharge the batteries so to speak. Water and/or sun have always been my way to relax….floating, soaking, splashing …!

After a rather long creative dry spell, I find myself thinking it’s time to get out the camera and record these beautiful moments in life once again.

Wow, that’s more info about myself than I’ve shared since I completed a medical history!!

oh yeah, what brings me to this wonderful site, I was first diagnosed with BC in 2003 with micro-calcifications of every form including Paget’s, a real BC soup but still Stage I. I had a mastectomy and sentinel node resection on Valentine’s Day with no node involvement and a prognosis of 97% no reoccurance so opted for no further treatment. Well in 2007 there it was again, Stage IV in my liver, ER/PR-, HER2+.




LORRAINE HOOVER, 60 ROCKFORD – Lorraine Hoover, 60, of Rockford died at 10:28 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, at home. Born July 25, 1950, in Davenport, Iowa, to Walter and Ardeth (Addyman) Hoover. Married Frank Ware on Sept. 14, 1989, in New Jersey. Lorraine was a graduate of Marycrest College (BS), and Boston University (MS). In her many years of professional care to individuals with substance abuse disorders and mental illness, she provided support and the hope of recovery. An expert educator and trainer in psychiatric rehabilitation, she encouraged her students to use their skills effectively in the service to others. Before her retirement from Rockford College, she provided guidance and support to many students in their education pursuits. To her many friends she was known as an advocate for social justice and peace in our world. To her family she was a pillar of strength, patience and caring. Survivors include mother, Ardeth; husband, Frank; daughter, Courtney Oertel; brothers, Michael Hoover and Terry (Jenny) Hoover; sister, Lavonne (Dan) Johnston; nieces and nephews, David Ware, Michael Ware, James Ryan, Crystal Dominico, Jim Hoover, Chris Kerr, Nikki Deaver and Mikaela Hoover. Predeceased by father, Walter II; and brothers, Jim Hoover and Walter Hoover III. Memorial visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to be given to selected organizations. Express online condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.


Published in Rockford Register Star from October 13 to October 14, 2010










Lucille D PROULX  –  11 Feb 1953 – 5 Oct 2009



About LucyP


  •                        http://www.inspire.com/LucyP
  • 59 years old, Female,      Married
  • San Jose,      California
  • Joined August      12, 2008


Until June of 2007 I was in remission. Then in July, I had Stage 4 mets from head to foot, in my bones, bone marrow, lungs, lymph nodes, and frosting my brain. I’m on my 2nd line of hormonal therapy, recovering from a broken hip from the cancer, and just finished a 10 day course of radiation. I’m not ready to give up and try to do something positive every day, even if it’s just getting my undies on all by myself! Began Chemotherapy in Dec. 2008, followed by a week in the Oncology Unit of the hospital, fighting for my life. Am on a chemo I can tolerate now and still fighting the good fight. Did my first ever “Survivor Lap” at an American Cancer Society “Relay for Life” this year. It was very moving and I encourage you to do it, too!






Lucille D. Proulx Age 56, died peacefully of metastatic breast cancer Oct. 5, 2009, at home in the company of her loving husband David. Lucy was born Feb. 11, 1953 in Claremont, NH, the second of three children. She spent a happy childhood in Claremont and graduated there from Stevens High School. Later, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Keene State College, where she graduated Cum Laude. She was preceded in death by her parents Rudolph Martineau and Rita (St Sauveur) Martineau, and her brother Gary Martineau. She is survived by her elder sister Diane Bruce of Enfield, NH, husband David Proulx of San Jose, daughters Jessica Sanders of Fresno and Valerie LaFountain of San Jose, stepson Frank Proulx of Santa Cruz, and granddaughters Alyssa Robles of San Jose and Abigail Sanders of Fresno. Lucy was an avid lover of the outdoors, many varieties of music, and the arts. She served as a volunteer docent for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District for many years. Over the course of her life she worked at newspaper reporting, community college teaching, and hospital database management, among other things. Her kind, optimistic spirit will be remembered fondly, and her positive attitude throughout her battle with cancer was an inspiration to everyone who knew her. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held Saturday Oct. 17, at 2 pm at the First Unitarian Church of San Jose, 160 N. 3rd St. Donations in Lucy’s honor may be sent to Second Harvest Food Bank.


Published in San Jose Mercury News on October 15, 2009




  • “Another Angel has left      the Inspirettes. Hope you have…”       – Vicki Ford






Yet not a single applicant has received such a grant. Not Valliere. Not Lucy Proulx. Not Arch Ford.

It makes Chapman furious because once the new law is passed, the special deal is off the table and those mothers’ children will have to apply for and then fulfil a three-year residency requirement.

Proulx hasn’t got that kind of time. The California resident has advanced metastatic breast cancer and suffers from “excruciating pain.”

She has no intention of returning to Canada. What she does want is proof that she is who she has always believed she is — a French-Canadian, like all of her ancestors.
Proulx can trace her Canadian roots back 11 generations on one side and 10 generations to the Plains of Abraham on the other.

“I may be very tired and weak, but I still believe with all my heart and soul that I was born and will die a French-Canadian,” she wrote in an e-mail. “But I KNOW who I am! And I’m proud of it!”










Margaret ADAMS – Margaret27217

About margaret27217



I originally had breast cancer in 1997. It was invasive, aggressive, ductal and considered stage 3 because of lymph node involvement. I did neo-adjuvant therapy – tamoxifen first, followed by 4 chemo treatments 21 days apart, then lumpectory with lymph node dissection, finalized with 25 radiation treatments. Continued with tamoxifen for 3 years.
Started feeling very achy in October of 2006. It wasn’t until April that we finally discovered the cause of my symptoms. Ah Ha!! It’s back!



Caring Bridge:


Background Story ( http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/margaretadams/mystory)


I was originally diagnosed with Stage 2 aggressive invasive breast cancer in 1997. Lumpectomy, chemo, radiation, Tamoxifen – the whole 9 yards. I went for 9 years with NED (that’s No Evidence of Disease – NED for short).

In April of 2007, I had been feeling like toast for awhile (achy and tired), went to the Dr. Had tests and found that it had metastisized to my bones. It’s widespread – all over my skeletal system, with a concentration in my ribs and hips. I started on Femara and Zometa immediately. These two things held me stable until April 2009 (you realize that’s TWO WHOLE YEARS!!) My doc. called that Plan A and she says she has hundreds of plans.

We went to Plan B which replaces Femara with Fasoladex shots once a month. Good news is that Fasoladex deals with the estrogen in a different way. Doesn’t shut it down, so my thin hair and my hormones could wake up!!! Woo Hoo!

Like everyone else, I wanted Zometa to go away -along with the disease, but insulin doesn’t go away for diabetics. So we buck up and suck up!! Recently, Zometa has proven to help prevent new tumors instead of just fixing holes left by the old tumors. I got a Bard Power Port last year. Hated it for awhile, but like it now. Since Zometa could be lifelong, and I have one good arm because of lymphnode dissection, we decided to save my veins for scans and other stuff.

So there you have it!! My story in a nutshell up to this point!

(note: This info is correct as of May 2009. Read my journal for recent updates and remember to sign my guestbook. Your encouragement feeds my soul . . .)


Written May 27, 2010 11:17pm


It is with a heavy, but peaceful heart that I visit you today. We lost Mama this afternoon. She went very peacefully with Daddy at her side. Thank you all so much for your never ending prayers and support. The visitation will be Saturday at 6:00pm at Rich and Thompson in Burlington and the funeral will be Sunday at 2:00pm at First Baptist Church in Burlington. Please continue to keep our family in your prayers as the days go by.

Much Love,








BURLINGTON – Mrs. Margaret Ann Blythe Adams, 55, of 3440 Mine Creek Road, Burlington, passed away Thursday, May 27, 2010, at her residence.

A native of Alamance County, she was the wife of Kurt L. Adams, who survives of the home, and daughter of Marion Frances Blythe, who survives of Elon, and the late Virginia Spencer Blythe. Mrs. Adams was a Senior Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics for 24 years, a member of the First Baptist Church of Burlington, First Baptist Sanctuary Choir, and the NC Baptist Singers. She was a graduate of Walter M. Williams High School in 1972 and a graduate of Elon College in 1983. She was a Heritage Life Sponsor of Ducks Unlimited.

Surviving, other than her husband and father, are a daughter, Leslie Adams Reavis and husband Anthony of Burlington; a son, Michael Kurt Adams of Gibsonville; two granddaughters, Kaitlyn Reavis and Bethany Adams; a sister, Amy Blythe Haynes and husband David of Summerfield; a brother, Aaron S. Blythe and wife Nancy of Winston-Salem; mother-in-law, Jean P. Adams of Burlington; brother-in-law, Joel Y. Adams and wife Ann of Wilmington; as well as several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Adams was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald F. Blythe.

Services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, May 30, at the First Baptist Church of Burlington with Dr. Terry E. Peele, Pastor, Stacey Littell Grimm, Associate Pastor, the Rev. Joel Marshall and the Rev. Linza Layman Coffee officiating. Burial will follow at Alamance Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at the Rich & Thompson Mortuary in Burlington from 6 to 8 Saturday evening and at other times at the residence.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Burlington, P.O. Box 2686, Burlington, N.C. 27216; American Cancer Society, 4-A Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro, N.C. 27407 or to Hospice of Alamance-Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, N.C. 27215.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of the UNC Cancer Hospital






Mary Elizabeth Stewart ASHLEY   3 July 1969 – 17 Sept 2012

About marysmiracles’



Hi.I was diagnosed with stage 3 inv ductal in left breast with lymph nodes in left arm…I had 10 rounds adriamicin/cytoxin….mastectomy with removal of 24 nodes…all with cancer..no clear margin…35 radiation…on valentines day 2009 I was told I was in remission..mind you my cancer was her2 negative and estrogen negative…then July 2010 I found another lump on my ft best..and yes I found the first one…went in had biopsy and guess what now I have stage 4 inv ductal estrogen positive her2 positive…I have done taxol abraxin xeloda carboplatin gemzar and now I’m on affinitor and exemestane combo and I’m doin radiation everyday…..I’m on week 10 of affinities…scan will be in 5 weeks…I have 3 boys 19 14. 12..up until two weeks ago






Mary Elizabeth Stewart Ashley, age 43, of Masontown, Pa., passed away Monday, September 17, 2012 in the Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, West Virginia.


She was born July 3, 1969 in Racine, Wisconsin, the daughter of Ralph Stewart and the late Louise Ellene Grace Stewart.


In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her infant brother, Shawn.


Mary was a member of the Oak Hill Baptist Church. She was a member of the Relay for Life and her team’s name was Mary’s Miracles. She was a member of the Angel Network. Mary loved coaching football with her husband Darrel and she was also involved with the Boy Scouts of America.


Mary was employed as a secretary at the James R. Grimm Insurance Company.


Mary is survived by her father, Ralph Sherman Stewart; beloved husband, Darrel James Ashley; her loving children whom she adored: Christopher Durand of Smithfield, Dakota James Ashley and Cameron Tyler Ashley both at home; sisters: Linda Fulmer and husband Charles of Smithfield and Cheryl Wirkus and husband Mike of Racine Wisconsin; loving nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.


Friends will be received in the KEZMARSKY FUNERAL HOME, 71 Pennsylvania Avenue, Uniontown, Pa., on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 from 3 to 7 p.m. Funeral Service will begin at 7 p.m. with Rev. Alvie Edwards officiating.


Interment is private.


In lieu of Flowers, donations may be made in Mary’s name to the Kezmarsky Funeral Home, 71 Pennsylvania Avenue, Uniontown, Pa.










Mary Kemp

About Windbeneathmywings



I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer stage IIB in August 1993, with 6 positive lymph nodes. I had a mastectomy followed by 9 rounds of adriamycin, cytoxin and 5 FU and continued on tamoxifen for 7 years. I was dx’d June 2008 with bone mets from my femurs to the top of my head. Femara worked for over a year, faslodex and progesterone/testosterone failed. In Oct 2009 I started infusion chemo: taxotere and avastin as well as progestin (tablet form). Taxotere was stopped early January 2010 and I was on avastin alone. (All of these included zometa every 4 weeks). In August 2010, I was diagnosed with blood clots in my lungs, was immediately put on lovenox-anti coagulant injections and estrogen and avastin were stopped. Started weekly dose of navelbine, then avastin was added back in once every 2 weeks. And I continued the zometa. The navelbine was increased when slight increases to tumor markers appeared. Side effects and markers rising slightly, navelbine stopped.

Currently on “chemo break”, still on avastin and zometa; back on progestin with small dose steroid for leg inflammation from femur mets. Good energy for the first time in nearly two years.

I have a Caring Bridge website www.caringbridge.org/visit/marykemp. It’s the ‘lighter’ version of my experiences over the past months written for family and friends.




Caring Bridge:


Background Story


As many of you may know, I’ve been suffering recurring bouts of severe arthritis-like pain in my back and legs since last October.The episodes became more frequent and severe; I went to see my doctor and I had blood work and x-rays, the initial results were not overly alarming but required further investigation.


My doctor referred me for a bone scan and I had more blood tests.The end result was that after fifteen years of breast cancer survivorship, the cancer has come back in my bones. I have metastases in the cervical dorsal lumbar spine, pelvis, right femur, left humerus, and skull.Most of the lesions are small, the only pain I have right now is in the lower back/pelvis area.It’s a metastasis of breast cancer, and not a new cancer, so the pathology should be very similar to my earlier tumor: slow growing, estrogen receptive, low S factor, ‘normal’ cell structure.


I had a PET scan to see if any other organs were affected. It was a huge relief to learn that none of my other internal organs show any sign of cancer.After a full set of x-rays, I’ve been referred to a radiation oncologist and I will start the first of (at least) 10 radiation treatmentsnext Monday.My femur has an area beginning to erode causing concern about fracture so that is number one for radiation.I also will have radiation on the back area causing all the pain.We’re not looking at chemotherapy at this time; but I’ve already started hormonal therapy (Femera), and am scheduled for a biopsy on Thursday Aug 7th to see if I would benefit from Herceptin or bisphosphonates.


It’s been a roller coaster ride now for several months but I think we’re finally making progress.My oncologist says that with the new treatments, many people with bone cancer are able to survive with medication like any other chronic condition and can live a quality life for many years. And we’re very optimistic that I will be one of those people.


Please keep Kevin and me in your thoughts and prayers.



Obituary –


Written Oct 27, 2011 11:03pm by Jennifer Hughes


Mary (Karis) Kemp, 60, of La Mesa California, died on October 26, 2011.


Mary was born in La Crosse Wisconsin to Giles and Ruth Karis in 1951. She graduated from Aquinas High School in 1969.


On June 14, 2002, Mary married Kevin Kemp in Eau Claire Wisconsin. During that time she was employed at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Prior to moving to Eau Claire, Mary worked at the college in River Falls, Wisconsin.


In 2005, Mary was the first ever recipient of the Classified Staff Grant at UW Eau Claire. The grant allowed her to take a writing class, earning credits toward an English degree. Mary also took an active role in learning about and treating her illness, and in cancer research. She was very involved in the River Falls and Eau Claire areas raising funds and awareness; and she was featured in an article for Cure Magazine.


In 2007 Mary and Kevin moved to La Mesa, California, where she continued her career at San Diego State University. Her health declined and she was diagnosed with bone cancer after struggling with breast cancer nearly 15 years earlier. She maintained a Caring Bridge site and was an incredible writer. She documented her struggles, as well as sharing her love of her“grandkidlets”. She showed great insight, courage and humor.


Mary is survived by her husband, Kevin Kemp; her children Jennifer (Shawn) Hughes, Timothy (Peri) Lachman, and Ryan Nelson; step children Chelsea and Casey Kemp; grandchildren Dylan Hughes, Jack and Colton Lachman, Annika Kemp, Kaylee Monroe; her mother, Ruth Karis of LaCrosse; and siblings Thomas Karis, Susan (Ray) Ronnenberg, Paul (Donna) Karis, and Lori Karis; She is also survived by a large extended family of nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Mary was preceded in death by her father, Giles Karis.


A memorial service will be held at 11am on Saturday November 5, 2011 at Mary, Mother of the Church Parish at St Thomas More Catholic Church, in La Crosse, WI. The Rev. Douglas Robertson will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Mary Mother of the Church Parish, or to the American Institute of Cancer Research. http://www.aicr.org


We don’t just cease to exist; we live on in a better realm, without pain and worry. And we still love.


Posted: Sunday, October 30, 2011 12:00 am








Melanie Ann WHITE    26 July 1963 – 19 August 2012


About mwpinknotes



I was diagnosed with Stage IIIB TNBC/IBC one year ago (May 2011) at the age of 47. With my first MO team, I underwent 8 bi-weekly chemo sessions (A/C and Taxol) and was told that the chemo would kill all of the cancer in my body. After switching my care to the City of Hope, I would later find out that the chemo merely reduced the size of the tumor, however, the cancer raged on. Shortly after the successful BLM at CoH just before Christmas ’11, it was discovered that I had two met brain tumors (one larger than a golf ball). In Jan., terminal diagnosis (1 yr.) was given w/Stage IV. Onc neurosurgeon was shocked that I was still alive and functioning, although symptoms were quickly getting worse including the loss of my piano playing and singing abilities–both of which were life long passions of more than 40 years. CoH Onc Neuro successfully removed large tumor, followed by targeted radiation. Long story short, with the help of my CoH onc team, I am still alive and battling.

My family and I take one day at a time, making the most of each day, good and the bad. Our motto, “life is a gift, do something!”




Melanie Ann White
Age 49, passed peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, August 19, 2012, after a courageous year long challenge with the most aggressive, rarest form of breast cancer combinations- -Triple Negative Breast Cancer and Inflammatory Breast Cancer.
Melanie Pereira was born on July 26, 1963 to Francis and Sophie Pereira, in Karachi, Pakistan. At the age of 4, Melanie began playing the piano and, thus, the “music seed” was planted and would years later fully blossom into a true lifetime passion and love. While Melanie’s formative training was as a classical pianist, it was the sounds of Rock ‘n Roll that caught her attention as she ventured to America, at 17, to pursue a degree at the University of La Verne. It was at ULV where Melanie first started sharing the gift of music with young children either through her involvement with Summer Services via the Church of the Brethren, volunteering with her former professor at St. Mark’s in Upland, or giving private piano lessons. Over these four years, Melanie’s onstage performance-as a classical pianist as well as vocally-came to life which resulted in Melanie earning a full-scholarship to the University of Cincinnati Music Conservatory. Her strong love and passion for music would enable her to pursue a Master’s degree in music performance, with the prospect of eventually moving on to a career as a classical pianist or professorship. However, after two short trips to one of the top music conservatories in the US, Melanie, with her adventurous spirit, decided to pursue another path in music and returned home to enroll in the musicology program at the Claremont Graduate University.
While at CGU, Melanie was hired on at St. Dorothy School, in Glendora, CA, to develop and teach music appreciation to children in grades K thru 8th. After earning her Master’s, Melanie’s role at St. Dorothy’s expanded to include full-time teaching duties, plus still providing for all of the music appreciation needs including leading the children with several all-school performances each year. She then moved on to St. Christopher’s Catholic School in West Covina, where she had additional responsibilities including an administrative stint as vice principal for several years. Of course, music appreciation as well as all-school musicals were now a regular part of Melanie’s teaching responsibilities. With more than 10 years of classroom and administrative experience with parochial schools, Melanie crossed over to the public school system as a 6th Grade teacher at Euclid Elementary School in Ontario. This also provided Melanie with an opportunity to be closer to home in order to spend more time with her children, Nick and Bridget. Melanie would soon discover that music could play a very important role with the enhancement of core curriculum comprehension as well as overall school performance for all students, including student in ESL programs.
In 1999, buoyed by her young, entrepreneurial spirit, Melanie decided to launch a new business venture that would provide a unique music based core curriculum enhancement program to a number of schools within the Upland Unified, Claremont Unified, Alta Loma Unified, Walnut Unified, Duarte Unified and the Chino Valley Unified school districts, in addition to a number of private schools. This new venture, which provided schools with a cost effective means to provide music appreciation by spreading the cost for Melanie’s services among a broader number of schools, enabled Melanie to do what she had come to love most-sharing the gift of music with as many children as possible while providing a sound alternative to keep music as part of the school curriculum. Even though she was out of the classroom for the first time in over 25 years, while faced with multiple life-threatening challenges as well as tough treatment regimens, Melanie continued to write new material to share with local schools as well as, release new material for viewing enjoyment and/or distribution on www.youtube.com/user/MWPinkNotes and iTunes. Her music lives on.
Melanie is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 28 years, David, and her two wonderful children, Nick and Bridget, as well as her mother, Sophie Pereira, sisters Michelle Solomon (Abraham), Eleanor Rodrigues (Ken), Naila Rodricks (Rodney), Candice Pereira, and brother Felix Pereira (Lorraine), as well as seven nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles (including A. Candi and U. Hyacinth), and numerous cousins (including Marielle and Claudine and their respective families). Melanie joins her father Francis Pereira, as well as all of her in-laws, Arthur, Hideko, Joseph and James White.
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church (2110 N. San Antonio Avenue, Upland, CA 91784) on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 5 P.M. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that a gift can be made in memory of Melanie to the City of Hope to support the children’s music therapy program. Please make checks payable to the City of Hope. In the memo line please put “Melanie Ann White”. Please mail to: City of Hope, Attention: Janet Morgan; 1055 Wilshire Blvd., 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017.


Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on August 29, 2012








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Melanymc-aolcom  Melany G Mc Adams          1961 – 2011


About melanymc-aolcom


  •                   www.inspire.com/melanymc-aolcom
  • 51 years old,      Female, Married
  • Laguna Niguel,      California
  • Joined December      16, 2009


Mom of a 7 year old boy.


Son Ashton









Death Notice:


Melany G. Mc Adams


  • April 19, 1961 – October 1,      2011
  • Laguna Niguel, California








Michele Ann KRAVCHAK


About micheleann



My name is micheleann I am a nurse and recording artist, a grandmother a mother , a breast cancer fighter DX Aug 08, both ductal abd invasive,lobular , bilateral mastectomy’s TRAM reconstruction, chemo hell. Then DX d with thyroid cancer had thyroidectomy, radioactive swallow lost my voice for 2 months,then went thru hypothyroidism gained 40 lbs. 2 wks ago Dx with mets to lungs,had to have a lung biopsy found out breast cancer now in my lungs and now im stage IV i dont get it why me i know we all say that but really….
I had abraxane and avastin and had all kinds of problems including having my gallbladder go bad had to have surg during chemo surg was scared to operate on me but had no choice. Then i get through all of this and about a month ago its back again in my lungs…sigh sigh….its the crud that wont give up!
you can search for my videos on you tube under songbirdmichele
to hear the song i co wrote for breast cancer


In Memory of Michele Ann Kravchak


May 8, 1955 – September 8, 2011






Michele Ann Kravchak, age 56, of Cofield Drive, Deltona died September 8, 2011 in her home. Michele was born on May 8, 1955 in Jersey City, New Jersey, the daughter of Frank J. and Angelina Adesso Salvo. She was a Registered Nurse with 20 years of service at Florida Hospitals. She was a member of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Deltona. She was well known in the area as a singer and had a CD out. She is survived by her two sons, Justin Kravchak and Kevin (Wendy) Kravchak, Sr.; her grandson, Kevin Kravchak, Jr.; her father, Frank J. Salvo; and three brothers, John F. Salvo, Salvador R. Salvo and David M. Salvo. She was…


Michele Ann Kravchak, age 56, of Cofield Drive, Deltona died September 8, 2011 in her home.

Michele was born on May 8, 1955 in Jersey City, New Jersey, the daughter of Frank J. and Angelina Adesso Salvo. She was a Registered Nurse with 20 years of service at Florida Hospitals. She was a member of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Deltona. She was well known in the area as a singer and had a CD out.

She is survived by her two sons, Justin Kravchak and Kevin (Wendy) Kravchak, Sr.; her grandson, Kevin Kravchak, Jr.; her father, Frank J. Salvo; and three brothers, John F. Salvo, Salvador R. Salvo and David M. Salvo.

She was predeceased by her mother, Angelina Salvo and by Michele’s dog, Max.

Friends may call on Sunday, September 11th from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 pm at Deltona Memorial Funeral Home, 1295 Saxon Blvd., Orange City, FL., PH: 386-775-4260. There will be a Wake Service at 7 pm Sunday evening. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, September 12th at 10:00 am at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, 1310 Maximillian Street, Deltona with Father Frank Cerio officiating.










Michele Ann singing a song for son when he was deployed.






The face of Stage IV breast cancer MicheleAnn



















About missbutterfly



I’m a 37 year old mother of five children.  I’m married to a wonderful man for the last seven years.  My two youngest children are his.Although my three older children are not his we are raising them together.  So we are one big crazy, hectic busy family.  I love being a mom, cooking, reading, the ocean, playdates with other mom friends and recently began journaling.  In July 2008,right after my 37th birthday I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer.  Shortly after, I found out I’m stage IV with mets in my lungs and positive lymph nodes.  So now I spend a lot of time researching this disease.


My beautiful children (2008)


  • Jessica 18,
  • Matthew 15,
  • Morgan 12,
  • Seth 4 and
  • Wyatt 1


and loving husband James.




My Story missbutterfly· August 23, 2008 at 12:41 am


I’m a newly diagnosed Stage IV Inflammatory Breast Cancer woman. I’m not as familiar with all my diagnosis stuff as a lot of you women on here are.  Yet, I’m sure I’ll get there.  Anyways we’ll get back to that later.
My journey started 9+ months ago when I was pregnant with my fifth child.  Yes I said fifth.  I have three from my first marriage and my husband of seven years and I have two of our own now.  At the end of my pregnancy I noticed a small hard knot in my areola area next to my nipple.  I thought it was strange to already have a clogged duct but it had only been a year and a half since I had stopped breastfeeding my older son.  When I had my C-section in November I was in the hospital for 4 days because I lost a lot of blood and I had gotten a spinal block headache (pure Hell).Right from the start my baby wouldn’t nurse from my right breast.  They sent in a lactation specialist (I’m some what of an expert myself, it was my 5th) who tried everything to help me but baby Wyatt would have no part of the “bad booby” as we later called it.  I pointed out the knot, which she also thought was a clogged duct and she told me to keep massaging it and putting hot compresses on it.  So I went home and continued to nurse off just the left side.  At my 6 week check up with my OBGYN I showed him the now pea size hard bump and he would barely look at it. I insisted he feel it.  He said it was a gland and I had two of them.  He said it appeared my milk was drying up and to be glad I could still nurse from one side.  So I went home somewhat satisfied with that answer.
By the time my son was 4 months old I had developed more than one of these knots all around my nipple at various places. I had begun checking on the internet at different conditions that could cause such problems.  At this point up until my son was seven months things changed drastically.  The whole area under my areola became a hard mass, my breast swelled, became red and hot, hurt like hell with anywhere from sharp stabbing pains to just non-stop aching and burning and itching.  Then my nipple started to look like it was retracting and I had the orange peel looking skin changes.  My husband, family and friends who had listened and endured my complaining pushed me to go to the dr.  We all thought it was infection.  So I finally went to the ER one night when I could no longer stand the pain.  The ER Dr. looked concerned right off the bat. He gave antibiotics and an antifungal, but also wrote me a script for a mammogram.
I went for the mammogram and found a surgeon who would take my insurance (I have medicaid), so they could send my results somewhere to be read.  The surgeon jumped right on the infection band wagon.  He treated me with another antibiotic and told me to keep putting hot compresses on it and in a week he would lance it.  After a week nothing changed.  So he then decided to do an incision, drainage and biopsy at the hospital.  This brings me to my Breast Cancer diagnoses.  Right away the surgeon started talking about removing my breast and lymph nodes. I was like slow down, and please refer me to Moffit and then to Florida Cancer Specialist.  Once I started seeing my oncologist, who I think is awsome, I found out about the cancer more.  I had a CT scan, a PETscan, a breast MRI, a needle biopsy on my lymph nodes.  My biopsy came back positive in my lymphs, and the scans showed spots on my lungs.  So I had a lung biopsy which was also positive.  I just completed my 3rd treatment of a 3wk on/1wk off cycle of Taxol and Avastin.  My counts have all been good so far and I seem to be tolerating it so far.  I haven’t had any surgery yet except the I&D and biopsy








About MoiraCharley



I’m a writer and editor who was diagnosed with BC Her2+ in August 2008. I had a bilateral mastectomy done (great name for “cutting away both breasts”) even though there was cancer only in one. I finished my treatment in July 2009…was diagnosed with a recurrence January 2010, mets in lungs.
I hate being defined by this disease, as we are all so much more than cancer.




Moira’s sister

About Finnella



My gorgeous, funny, smart, sweet sissy got cancer. Now we are working together so she can get it back to wherever it came from.






Nycine Alice BROWN  1955 – 2010



About CeeNee



I love:reading books, Ben and Jerrys ice cream, port on a chilly night, cooking, walks on the boardwalk, sand on the beach, music of all kinds, but most of all the company of my son on these difficult days, he has changed schools because of my illness and come to live home, and gave up Europe to be a devoted caretaker, music dj, cook, and best friend,I love you KBW!
I am a very reluctant member of the TNBC club, dx March 09, had surgery, chemo, radiation, returned to work in Sept 09. Shoulder pain in Feb 10…mets to lung, more chemo(adrianmycin/cytox) then G/C, then found to have liver and bone mets, now…presently on Abraxane and Xeloda. Now unemployed and missing work. Going on with my life as it is, my new norm…bone pain, bald head, chemo regularly, thats ok, I’m still standing





BROWN, NYCINE 55 – mother, friend, and caregiver, passed away December 12, 2010, in the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center – City Campus, after a three year long fight with terminal breast cancer. She was born in 1955, to Adele “Mom” and Alfred “Brownie” Brown. She is a 1973 graduate of Atlantic City High School. She also received a nursing degree from Atlantic Community College in 1979. She practiced as a registered nurse at Atlantic City Medical Center, Institute for Human Development and Holy Redeemer Healthcare system over the course of 31 years. She lived, to the hour of her death with a passion for life and a dedication to help others. Nycine is survived by: son, Kyle Brown-Watson; sister, Sylvia Parker; friends, Rosalie Gomez, Donna Bamfield, and Karen Anderson. Memorial services will be 1 PM, December 21, 2010, 33 Lighthouse Court, The Cove, Atlantic City. Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Atlantic City. Condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com.


Published in The Press of Atlantic City from December 19 to December 20, 2010








Nycine Alice Brown


  • March 21, 1955 – December      12, 2010
  • Egg Harbor, New Jersey


ycine Brown 55, mother, friend, and caregiver, passed away December 12, 2010, in the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center – City Campus, after a three-year long fight with terminal breast cancer. She was born in 1955, to Adele “Mom” and Alfred “Brownie” Brown. She is a 1973 graduate of Atlantic City High School. She also received a nursing degree from Atlantic Community College in 1979. She practiced as a registered nurse at Atlantic City Medical Center, Institute for Human Development and Holy Redeemer Healthcare system over the course of 31 years. She lived, to the hour of her death with a passion for life and a dedication to help others. Nycine is survived by: son, Kyle Brown-Watson; sister, Sylvia Parker; friends, Rosalie Gomez, Donna Bamfield, and Karen Anderson.
















About outofthepit



First dx 1997 – DCIS discovered by microcalcifications in mamogram – had excision and radiation
Second dx 2003 – lump in left breast – Stage 2 – had bilateral mastectomy w/ recons/chemo & tamoxifen
Third dx – 2009 – mets to lung, bones and possibly liver






outofthepit· June 17, 2010 at 4:47 am


I’m the daughter Mom so graciously commented on several times with y’all. She asked me to log on here and comment when she passed. Sadly, here I am. She left for Heaven at 3:30 this afternoon. Since then, all I have felt today is relief and peace in knowing that she is no longer suffering and that she is finally meeting Jesus, a dear friend she talked about wanting to meet face-to-face, just like He was one of us. And to her, He is a close friend, and a lot more. She had more faith and trust in God than anyone I’ve ever known. And it never waivered during any of her diagnoses. Her faith has showered down on me and in this tough time, it is literally what holds me together.
Now that it’s 11 p.m. and company has left, the dogs sleeping, and I’m preparing for bed, reality is slowly sinking in. I am comforted in knowing that Mom is in Heaven and I’m sure I will continue to find peace and acceptance in that. But, I find myself now afraid to go to bed because I don’t want to start a new day tomorrow without her here.
Mom has been telling me for weeks as she seemed to prepare her for impending death that she will not miss a single thing in my or my sister’s life from her front-row seat in Heaven.
In Feb. my fiance and I set a wedding date for Oct. 3rd. Last week as Mom’s health declined, we decided to have a private ceremony just for immediate family in Mom’s backyard, by the lake on June 19th. Ironically, that’s Mom and Dad’s 28th wedding anniversary. I prayed that God would give me signs to know if this was the right decision. I certainly wanted Mom to be at my wedding– and it did seem right because everything came together easily –unimaginably easy– in 4 days. But then, on Saturday she moved to a hospice center and her condition rapidly deteriorated. Yesterday and today she struggled to take breaths and was uncomfortable even with the highest doses of morphine and Adivan. She struggled so hard to breathe and it hurt so much to see her that way. Each of us (Dad, my sister, and my aunt) spent time alone with her and assured her it was okay for her to go on to Heaven. (A couple of days ago she shared with several of us that she was ready to go, but felt she needed to hold on for the wedding.) Within hours of our time alone with her, she took her last breath. Even in her final moments, she was only thinking of us, her daughters, despite the struggle for oxygen and pain she experienced.
Now my fiance and I are facing the decision– keep the wedding this weekend or postpone? After talking with Dad, we’ve decided the wedding is on. After all, Mom said many times in her last days that she was amazed at how Chris’s family jumped in to help me plan and the way God provided all the resources and nearly effortless planning to come together. She also told me that she’ll have a better view than anyone there, and that because I don’t see her here on Earth does not mean I should stop living my life. In fact, she hopes my sister and I live even more fully. Finally, she said many times that she thought the irony was almost comical… with every death comes a new beginning, and that’s how my marriage with Chris will be– a new beginning, a new life. That is plenty affirmation for me to feel that this wedding does need to happen this weekend.
So, to honor Mom, her wishes for Chris and me, and to try to grasp some sense and comfort within God’s plan, we will celebrate many new beginnings.

Thank you all for being sources of comfort, companionship, and understanding for Mom.

Thank you, Lord, for pulling Mom “out of the pit.”

2 Corinthians 4:16-15:8
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal… We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.




2 daughters.




Pamela Thomason

About Pam5155



Diagnosed 2/10 with Unknown primary adenocarcinoma with mets to spine.








Death notice




Thomason, Pamela; 50, Boonville, Ind., Dec. 19, hypercalcemia, metastatic cancer of thoracic and lumbar spine


Died 19 December 2010




Patricia Ann (Baumann) JACOBS

About pbjgirl



My bc story began in August 1997 when I was diagnosed with IIb bc with 2 nodes involved. Never thought I would see my boys graduate from HS, nevermind college, but had lumpectomy, mastectomy, 4 rounds of AC, radiation, 5 yrs. of Tamoxifen, free-flap reconstruction (2004), 5 years of Femara, and…life was moving along. Right when I was completing the Femara in 2008, it was found that my original bc had invaded my uterus, cervix, ovaries, omentum, etc. Nothing ever showed up on mammogram for me and with this recurrance nothing showed on pelvic ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI. My PCP thought my cervix looked abnormal, but PAP smear came back negative. She still referred me to a gyn. onc. who said I should probably have my ovaries out laproscopically, just in case. So in Nov. ’08, a day-surgery turned into a 5 hour hysterectomy, and here I am today telling my story. Life has taken a turn again, but I will continue to do all I can to remain here. Who knows what would have happened if I didn’t have such an amazing PCP!

Since it had been 11 years since original diagnosis, my onc. questioned the path reports. Had a second opinion at Dana-Farber. Turned out it was the same cancer that had taken 11 years to reappear and had morphed from triple positive to triple negative. What an unfortunate surprise!

In Jan. 2009, I began a clinical trial. (Taxol, Avastin, AMG 386) All was well until May 2009 when the cancer reappeared. Was put on Doxil, but in June I became ill. I did suceed in finishing the school year (after teaching for 32 years), and retired in June. In the middle of July, I ended up in the hospital for about a month. Apparently the cancer had caused a partial intestinal blockage. I was pretty much written off. Surgery was too risky, so my onc tried switching my chemo to Carboplatin and Gemzar. One week later, all systems were working properly again, and I made a full recovery. What an amazing turn of events. I love my onc!

I continued on C/G (7 rounds) but blood counts were often too low to continue on regular schedule. Had a PET scan in Nov. 09 which showed NED. My docs at Dartmouth say I had an incredible response, and hopefully it will continue for a year or two. I still go weekly for blood work and will be on Lovenox (blood thinners) for the long haul, but for now, I feel completely back to normal and enjoy traveling to visit family.

Yes, I saw my boys graduate from HS, and then Notre Dame and Bates, and a year and a half ago, my older son was married! Now I spend time visiting with them (Denver and Paris),and I’m hoping to be around for a graduate degree or two and some grandchildren and……and…….?? Who knows?? A new miracle PARP?? Never give up on your hopes and dreams.

Thanks for reading my story. I will keep it updated.

Update 5/7/10: Made it to Europe in March to visit kids. Stayed 18 days, and when I returned I had a PET scan and the beast had returned. Was put on Aromasin but it didn’t work as I filled up with ascites. In early April 2010, had 3 and a half liters drained and was switched to Xeloda. It is now mid May and no return of ascites. Hopefully Xeloda will continue to work for a long time. BUT the best news is that I am going to be a grandmother in October. Life continues on…

Update 8/7/10: Xeloda continued to work until July. It was found I had an unusual side effect called cardiac vasospasms and at the same time it stopped working. July has been a tough month having had 6 liters of ascites drained and spent 4 days in the hospital. Was switched to Abraxane and Herceptin as my onc retested my cancer samples and believes I have some positive HER2 properties. Just waiting and hoping it will kick in.


Died 29 September 2010




Patricia Ann (Baumann) Jacobs Obituary




Published online on September 30, 2010 courtesy of Chadwick Funeral Service.


First 25 of 374 words: Georges Mills – Patricia A. (Baumann) Jacobs, 59, of Otter Hill Road, died September 29, 2010, peacefully in her home surrounded by her family following…






Patricia A. Jacobs   By Monitor staff   October 1, 2010


GEORGES MILLS – Patricia A. (Baumann) Jacobs, 59, of Otter Hill Road, died peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, at home, surrounded by her family, following a courageous battle with breast cancer.


Born June 19, 1951, in New York City, she was the daughter of Edward and the late Dorothy (Phelan) Baumann.


Pat grew up in Medfield, Mass., graduated from Plymouth State College and received her Masters in Education from Antioch University. She taught at Kearsarge Regional Elementary School in New London for the past 23 years, and before that an additional nine years at Unity Elementary School. The lives of many local children have been impacted by her generosity, kindness and dedication to and passion for teaching.


After being diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in late 2007, Pat joined the Advanced Breast Cancer Support Community at Inspire, where she connected with other women living with similar forms of the disease. Without this network, she never would have met the many other courageous women dealing with the same disease, not to mention inspire those same women through her own story.


Pat is survived by her husband of 32 years, Charlie Jacobs; two sons, Wesley Jacobs and wife, Jessica Fitzgibbon, of Paris, France, and Justin Jacobs of Denver; three sisters, Joanne Blake and husband, David, Barbara Ingram and husband, Chris, and Kathy Mortimer and fiance, Steve Perkins; sister-in-law, Betty Cooper and husband, Richard; brother-in-law, Bob Jacobs; and several nieces and nephews.


The wonderful staff at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, led by Dr. Peter Kaufman, cared for, supported and encouraged Pat during her 13-year battle with the disease, regularly giving her reason to smile during even the most difficult of times. Her family wishes to thank the entire staff and encourages them to continue to act as positive advocates for current and future cancer patients.


A wake will be held Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Chadwick Funeral Home in New London.


A Mass in Pat’s honor will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church, New London, with the Rev. Robert Biron, pastor, as celebrant.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made for breast cancer research at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon 03756.






Patricia Ann MIGNOGNA – 6 Jan 2010


About PMig317



Hi, I am 55 years old and have been battling bc for almost 20 years. I was first diagnosed Stage I DCIS when I was 35 years old in 1989. My 3 children were 6, 2 and 14 mos. I was told I never had to worry about it coming back, especiallly if I took tamoxifen as an adjuvant therapy. Well, the doctor was wrong and in 1999 it came back with a vengence in my lung. I had 2.5 liters of fluid removed from my lung and had a talcing done to prevent the fluid from returning. I had chemo went back on tamoxifen and had almost 5 years of being NED. Then it came back into my bones, (my spine, hip and ribs) received radiation and since then it has been in my omentum, liver and colon. However, I’ve received more chemo and I am pretty stable and holding on. I know this disease will probably get me one day, but I’m fighting with all I have. I have a great doctor, a wonderful choosen sister named Rebecca (who is also a member here) and lots of prayer. I do have my pity parties but for the most part I live my life to the fullest. We have to – if we are always feeling sorry for ourselves we are not living the life we have been given. My children are now 26, 21 and 20. I never thought I’d see them grow up, but I have and I intend to be around to see them finish college (my oldest has and is fully enjoying her life), see them get married and hopefully have grandchildren someday. My husband and I built a dream home in 2002 and I’ve been to Europe 3 times in the last several years. Stage IV BC is no “walk in the park” by any means, but we all have to fight to not let it get us down and we have to inspire each other as Rebecca and I do everyday to keep on keeping on. Rebecca and I are each other’s wake up call every morning and each other’s chosen sister. We have been friends for 38 years and I don’t know what I’d do without her. I am currently battling the cancer in my omentum for a second time and was recently in the hospital because of it and a kidney infection. I am currently on tykerb and abraxane (2weeks on and 1 week off) I also have something showing up on my liver (they are not sure what it is) will be having a PET done soon to check that out. I’ve had 2 abraxane treatment and got through them ok. I’m here for anyone who would like to talk. I hope I can be of help. Every day they are doing research and the drugs are getting better and better at targeting just the cancer, this is a good thing. It may not be a cure, but hopefully they are getting closer and closer to that someday. If not, we can live with this “chronic disease” and live a good life with it. There are many of us out there and we have to stick together and fight with all we have. Love, Pattie






PATRICIA ANN MIGNOGNA Patricia Ann Mignogna, 56, was reunited with her husband, Bill Mignogna, in Heaven on January 6, 2010, the 25th anniversary of the death of her mother Marie Bozzetto. Pattie, as she was known to family and friends, devoted her life to her children, Danielle, Lauren and Zachary, and fought an amazing and inspiring battle against breast cancer for twenty years to stay with them as long as she could. Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pattie graduated from Archbishop Prendergast High School in 1971 and attended St. Joseph’s University. Pattie married her “Minnie” in 1973 and they moved to Palm Beach Gardens with their children in 1988. Here she made a new home for her family and established many close friends who became her “Florida Family.” She was a warm, loving, compassionate and generous woman. Cancer is a war and her courage as she battled this horrible disease made her a hero to all who knew her. In addition to her three children, she is also survived by her brothers, John, William, Patrick and Michael Bozzetto and their families including eight wonderful nieces and nephews. Pattie is predeceased by her brother, Edward and her father, John Joseph Bozzetto. The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 10, 2010 from 4:30 PM until 7:30 PM at Quattlebaum Funeral Home, 1201 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 with a Scripture Service to be held at 7:30 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Monday, at St. Clare Catholic Church, 821 Prosperity Farms Road, North Palm Beach, FL 33408, with Rev. William D. O’Shea, Pastor, officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® at Good Samaritan Medical Center, 1309 North Flagler Drive, 5th Floor, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401 or by visiting www.komensouthflorida.org




Published in The Palm Beach Post from January 8 to January 10, 2010






Peggy Redding 1955 – 2009

About peggyr



I am 53, have a son, 27 and daughter, 24. Diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 1992. Ten years of remission until 2003, new bone mets. Only starting to realize the significance of that long NED. Did hormonals for a while then stepped up to Herceptin, then oral chemo. Progressed to IV chemos early 2008. Took a medical leave from teaching in Nov 08. Was able to take a chemo break J/F/M 09. Am looking at radiation now for lumbar mets

I also work part time as a professional clown!!! It’s a lot of fun, helps with the bills, and fits it with my beliefs about healing and humor. Is it going to get rid of the cancer? Who knows? Whatever happens, I am going to enjoy as much of the time as possible.






REDDING, PEGGY RENEE 53, died peacefully in her sleep on June 4 at her Orlando home after a long journey with breast cancer. She was a mother of two, a teacher, “Sasha the Singing Clown,” and a devout and dedicated Catholic. Her community involvement ranged from cancer support advocacy to laughter and divorce ministries. Peggy was born on October 7, 1955. She obtained a BA in Geography from the USF in Tampa in 1976, and took graduate classes in Special Education at the UCF. A resident of the Orlando area since 1978, she taught in several schools in the area, including the past six years at Morning Star School for special needs children. Diagnosed with stage four metastatic breast cancer in 1992, she was active as a long-term survivor with local support groups and received the 1998 Courage Award from the American Cancer Society Central Region. She successfully petitioned with the network to have October 13th proclaimed “Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day” by the City of Orlando. Active in local and national Catholic ministries, she was commissioned by Bishop Thomas G. Wenski as a lay minister in 2007. Her home parishes included St. Andrew and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Churches. She was preceded in death by her parents Virginia Payne and Robert Redding. She is survived by a son, John Ricardo, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a daughter, Wendy Randolph (Robert), of St. Petersburg, two sisters, Ann Kelly (John) of Tampa and Susan Anders (Robert) of Plant City, and three brothers, Michael Redding of Temple Terrace, Terry Redding of Washington, DC, and Tom Redding (Amm)of Marble, North Carolina. A funeral mass is planned for noon on Wednesday, June 17, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 4001 Edgewater Drive, Orlando (407-292-9556). A visitation will precede the mass at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Morning Star School or the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network.


Published in the Orlando Sentinel on June 14, 2009








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Penny O’DEA


About Spooky



I haven’t shared any additional information about myself.


About Dano923 – husband





Penny S O’Dea 21 Oct 1963 – 10 Dec 2009


O’DEA, Penny S., 46, of Land O’ Lakes, FL passed away Thursday, December 10, 2009. She was born in Denver, CO, grew up in Nebraska and came to Land O’ Lakes from Port Charlotte in 2001. She was the owner and president of D. O. Communications in Land O’ Lakes. Penny was a very active member of the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in Florida and volunteered with Pack 323 and Troop 12. She also volunteered for Quantum Leap Farm assisting adults with disabilities with therapeutic horse back riding. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert “Snow” Krejci. She is survived by her husband of nineteen years, Daniel J.; two sons, James R. and Kyle D.; mother, Barbara J. Gochenour of Little Elm, TX; brothers, David A. Krejci and his wife, Debbie of Keller, TX and Robert M. Krejci and his wife Paula of Little Elm, TX; sister, Sheri Hansen and her husband Keith of Louisburg, MN; nine nieces, seven nephews and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. A memorial celebration will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 13 at The Groves Community Clubhouse, 7924 Melogold Circle, Land O’ Lakes, 34637 followed by refreshments at Smiles Café. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to support the local Boy Scouts at “Troop 12 Inc.” c/o Amy Coates, 504 Brooktree Court, Lutz, FL 33548.






RivkA, Matitya

About RivkA



Married to best friend, since 1993. We have 3 kids, born: 1994 (g), 1996 (b), 1998 (g) — Diagnosed: 2005: stage 0 — Free and clear for two years — Diagnosed: 2007: stage IV — Live in Jerusalem, Teach swimming. Optimist, Zionist, and Feminist. I blog and lecture about living with cancer



Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Everything You Wanted to Know…. (about me)


Shalom Uvracha!! (Peace and Good Blessings!!)

I am RivkA with a Capital A!

I’m 43 and married to my best friend (16 years). Moshe and I have three kids:
Eldest daughter, age 15
Son, age 13
Youngest daughter, age 11

I moved to Israel right after college and, for years, I worked in informal education and tour guiding. When my first child was born, I chose to be a full time, stay at home mom. I loved being home with our kids, and being their primary caregiver. When my youngest entered second grade, I finally felt ready to re-enter the paid work force. That’s when I was diagnosed…..

In the summer of 2005, I was diagnosed with Stage ZERO, DCIS — the earliest stage of this type of breast cancer, in which the cells are confined to the milk ducts and there is no risk that the cancer has spread. I knew we were lucky to discover the cancer at such an early stage. I told all my friends “I am the early detection ‘poster child.'”

I had a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy. All 8 nodes that were removed were clear, but the margins from the lumpectomy were not. So I had a mastectomy and reconstruction (DIEP).

A year and a half later, I was done with cancer….. or so I thought.

In the summer of 2007, during a routine mammogram, an ultrasound revealed swelling in my lymph nodes. Further tests revealed that the cancer had spread to my bones, liver, and lungs. I now had a diagnosis of stage FOUR breast cancer. Everyone was in shock, including my doctors.

I jumped from being a “poster child” to being a statistical anomaly. This was not supposed to happen.

It took me a while to understand that Stage IV is incurable. For as long as I live, unless a cure is found, I will have breast cancer. I have what the doctors like to label, “chronic cancer.”

Treatment is intended to halt growth/further spreading of the cancer. There is no expectation that we will be able to get rid of all the cancer in my body.

The cancer responded well to my first treatments: Herceptin and Navalbine. The tumors in my liver “disappeared” and the tumors in my lungs shrunk to the size of dried peas. The tumors in my bones were “stable.”

It also took me a while to understand that “stable” is a good thing. I wanted to hear the word “gone.”

After a little more than a year, the cancer started spreading again and I started taking Taxol instead of Navalbine. When the neuropathy got too bad, I switched to Taxotere.

In the summer of 2009, an MRI revealed tumors all over my brain. There were at least nine tumors, but we found them early. One was 12-13 mm, the rest were all smaller than a centimeter. I received 20 treatments of WBR (Whole Brain Radiation). The radiation worked better than anyone expected and there is only evidence remaining from one or two tumors.

My treatment was completely switched over, and I now take Tykerb and Xeloda. Both pills are taken daily, during a 3 week cycle. I take 5 Tykerb pills every morning, without exception. I also take 4 Xeloda pills in the morning and 4 at night, but these I only take for 14 days, followed by one “free” week, when I only take the Tykerb. Then I start again; there are no breaks in between cycles.

I am also in a study about the new bone drug: Denosumab. Once a month, I get a shot of this drug, to strengthen my bones and prevent breaks and fractures.

I have pain from the bone mets and take pain killers. I am lucky that relatively mild pain killers are usually enough to dull the pain.

And that, as they say, is the end of that.

When I was diagnosed with mets, I started blogging (http://coffeeandchemo.com/). Initially, my goal was just to let family and friends know what is going on, so I would not have to spend all my time talking about cancer and could talk about topics that interested me more, like parenting, philosophy, Torah, etc. I also hoped my blog would provide support to other families living with cancer.

As my blog developed, I realized it provided support and inspiration for a wide range of people, from all different ages and backgrounds.

I garner strength from my ability to make good things come out of a bad situation.

I plan to live with cancer for a long time… at least long enough for them to find the cure!






Ronnie Marie GAUBATZ


Not on Inspire






Gaubatz, Ronnie Marie (nee Cameron) Thurs. Sept. 13, 2012. Beloved wife of Douglas Gaubatz for 22 years; loving mother of Erin, Mattison and Allison; dear daughter of Robert and Bonnie Cameron; dear sister of Tracy (Chris) von der Linden; dear aunt of Kyle, Kelsey and Kamille. Services: Funeral Mon. Sept. 17, 10:30 AM at Kirkwood United Church of Christ, 1603 Daugherty Ferry. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a trust established for Ronnie’s daughter’s education c/o Gaubatz Family Trust, Cancer Support Community or the Dream Foundation. Visitation at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood, Sun. 4-8:00 PM. www.boppchapel.com








http://ronniegaubatz.wordpress.com/  Glass Half Full




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Rose 1325


About rose1325





I am 67 years old and retired. I like to do crafts, puzzles, go to the beach and reading about almost everything. I like animals currently have 3 cats.


Born c 1938 Died after 18 Dec 2009




About ScaredAl’



I haven’t shared any additional information about myself


My wife (45 years old) was admitted into the hospital with terrible headaches and vomiting on Monday, June 4th. It was this way until Friday and she woke up and felt great. It didn’t last as they came back as well as the vomiting the next afternoon. She had several MRI scans and has just been diagnosed with Metastactic Leptomeningeal in the spinal roots(?) and the Occibidal Lobe. The are completing a lumbar puncture tomorrow and introducing the chemo methotrexate.

Her History:
2004: diagnosed with Estrogen Positive Breast Cancer. Treated with “Red Devil” Chemo Cocktail followed by radiation and tamoxifen which was later stopped. She was cancer free and feeling great for 6 years! Then it started.

2010: August: Diagnosed with renal cancer: Surgically removed and margins clear-no further treatment
2010: Diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer in the same breast as previous Estrogen Positive 6 years yearlier. Very small primary tumor with slight lymph node inclusion. At the same time, Diagnosed with mets cancer to left femur (same trip neg). Inserted titanium Rod in femur for stabilization as the bone was in bad shape.
Treatment: Was given Chemotherapy for 5 1/5 months every 2 weeks and all indications were positive. Tumor markers were normal and chemo stopped for a break in June 2011. On follow visits, tumor markers still normal so no further chemo was given.

2011: October: After confusion and severe headaches they found a large tumor on the Left Parietal Lobe (4.5 cm X 3 X 3). They elected for Whole brain radiation as they believed it was metastisized breast cancer and if there was one tumor there was most likely others that would be treated (also treated left femur area at same time). They were concerned with biopsy as if it were cancerous, the potential for spreading were increased. After this they waited for 7 weeks and rescanned. It had shrunk to 2.9X2X1.5. It was positive news and she felt much better. They suggested one large radiostatic beam right on the tumor. Again, 6 weeks later we rescanned and it shrunk to 1.7X1.5X1.0. Again, very encouraging.

2012: April: First siezure occurred. Treated with ongoing trileptal and steroids as there was significant swelling in the area of the tumor. on scans the tumor appeared to have shrunk to about 1 cm X1X1 but the swelling area was 2 to 3 times that.






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Her sister Carol died 28 June 2012.




Sharon RILEY  26 March 1959 – 12 April 2010

About sr2603



I am 50 years young. It has been over 18 months since been diagnosed with mets to both lungs. It was devastating at first finding out the cancer was back but I decided that like before I had to fight it and not let it get to me. Some days are tough, but you just keep going, Was on Avastin and Abraxane for a year, Xeloda for a few months and now on to Navelbine. How much more can my wee body take LOL.






Sharon A. Miller Riley, age 51, of Millcreek Twp., died Monday, April 12, 2010 at her residence surrounded by her loving family and friends; especially Anne and Tania from Scotland. Sharon fought an extended battle against breast cancer. She was born on March 26, 1959 in Baillieston, Scotland, the daughter of the late, Alexander W. and Catherine Ann Finesy Miller. She had been employed at Monksland Hospital in Airdrie, Scotland and in the U.S. she became the Administrative Assistant for John Lubahn, MD, at Hand, Micro-surgery and Reconstructive Orthopaedics in Erie. She was a member of Wayside Presbyterian Church, where she coordinated a cancer support group. Sharon was active in her church and enjoyed gourmet cooking, knitting, decoupage, entertaining with friends, and traveling. She is survived by her son, Donald, at home, her boy friend, Rick Pulinski, one sister, Catherine Andrews and her husband, George, of Airdrie, Scotland, one brother, Martin Miller of Airdrie, mother-in-law, Nan Riley of Coatbridge Scotland, brothers and sisters-in-law: Pauline Adams, Carol, Jim, and John Riley all of Scotland, special friends: Pat Rogers, Lisa Wood, Cathie McMillin, Irene Reinke, Alice and Jim Allman. She was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Jim Riley. Friends may attend a Memorial Service at Wayside Presbyterian Church on Monday, April 19 at 11:00 a.m. conducted by the Rev. Keith Sundberg. Private interment. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Dusckas-Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 4216 Sterrettania Rd. Memorial contributions may be made to the John Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation, 1001 State St., Erie, PA 16501.

Published in the Erie Times-News on April 17, 2010




Sheri B Metz – inky29

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Sheri B. Metz
Sheri B. Metz, 63, of Lower Macungie Township, died March 12, 2011 in the hospice inpatient unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. She was the wife of Ray Metz for the past 47 years. She was born in Allentown. She was a daughter of the late Leon and Ruth (Rosenberg) Karp. She was an author of childrens stories and an active member of several Lehigh Valley Cancer Organizations. She was a member of Congregation Keneseth Israel, Allentown and was employed for the County of Lehigh in the Human Resources department for many years. Survivors: Husband; son, Randy and his wife Joo; brother, Steven and his wife Nancy; uncle, Richard Rosenberg and his wife Ruth; and cousins, Eric and Stephen Rosenberg. Services: All are welcome to attend at Noon on Tuesday in Congregation Keneseth Israel, 2227 W. Chew St., Allentown. Interment will follow in the Keneseth Israel Cemetery, South Whitehall Township. Arrangements by Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Allentown. Contributions: Congregation Keneseth Israel, 18104 or Lehigh Valley Womens 5-K Classic, c/o Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Attention: Wendy Body, P.O. Box 509, Allentown, PA 18105.


Published in Morning Call on March 13, 2011









About RavenWatcher



I am five years out from lumpectomy, chemo and radiation Triple Negative IDBC. Have just been diagnosed with non smallcell Lung cancer, stage 4 with brain mets, spine mets, pelvic girdle mets, and a brand new BC. the new one in the opposite breast from the TNBC is ER+ PR+ HER2-. Needless to say I am flabbergasted. I Enjoy my life in rural Alaska. Bought a house last fall. Have rewarding work. I know how blessed and fortunate I am to have opportunity for treatment, support and access to health services. I enjoy the outdoors- around a camp fire, walking the dog (she walks me) spending time with my companion, reading, family and observing the political circus.


Died 4 November 2011






Thank you all for your words of strength, sympathy, empathy and friendship. Your replies are a great source of comfort to Stacy’s family and friends. I’ve read your responses to her journaling and it was wonderful to see how you all responded to her grace and strength. If you had only known! She would never toot her own horn. That woman was in the US Navy, AK State Troopers, worked with abused women and children and was a single parent who raised a wonderful son (with the help of her parents), was an alcohol and drug abuse counsellor, a corrections officer and studied for her master’s degree in counselling in her spare time. Stacy was always available for advice and soul searching. She had a way of getting a person to open up and say things that the person did not know was there. I know. I’m one. In addition to her wonderful family, Alaskan children will suffer from Stacy’s absence. Stacy was a forensic investigator for abused women and children and fought for their rights, attended cases telephonically when she was too ill from chemo to appear in court. I feel selfish when I complain about her loss. I said such things to Stacy near her end and she told me that everyone is hiding a giraffe in their lives and that she had hers too. I hope her giraffe was left behind when she ascended to be with her family on the other side.






Dr. Suzanne Hebert Imondi


April 25, 1965 – May 30, 2012


South Windsor, Connecticut


It is with immense sadness that the family of Dr. Suzanne Hebert Imondi announces her passing on May 30, 2012, after a seven-year battle with breast cancer. She was 47 years old. Her life, though cut too short, was filled with love, kindness and an incredible quiet strength. She leaves behind her devoted husband of almost 20 years, Dr. David M. Imondi and her beloved children, Grace (age 11) and Dominic (age 9). Dr. Hebert Imondi was born in Corning, NY on April 25, 1965 to Dr. Normand Hebert and the late Therese Hebert. She was raised in Goffstown, NH. Dr. Hebert Imondi was a graduate of Goffstown High School. She received AB in Biology from Smith College in 1987 and a Doctorate of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in 1991. She was a staff optometrist with Medical West Eye Associates in Chicopee, MA and later with Surgical and Medical Eye Associates of Manchester, CT. After being diagnosed with Stage Four Breast Cancer in 2004, Dr. Hebert Imondi left her profession and focused on advocacy and education for fellow patients with metastatic breast cancer. She became vice president of Metastatic Breast Cancer Network, a national patient advocacy group dedicated to the unique concerns of patients living with metastatic breast cancer. Her valiant battle with cancer and her national accomplishments in cancer advocacy have been featured in the New York Times, ABC Nightly News, Wall Street Journal and Cancer Today magazine. She was the winner of the 2011 National Ladies Home Journal Power of Ten Award, which recognizes women who have made a difference in their community. In addition, she was a volunteer at St. James School in Manchester and was the St. James School HSA secretary. In addition to her husband and children, Dr. Hebert Imondi leaves her father, Dr. Normand C. Hebert, her sister Michele Becker and her husband Dr. Gil Becker, brothers Marc Hebert and his wife Kelly Hebert and Dr. Daniel Hebert and his wife Leah. She leaves her nieces Jenna Tramonti, Krista Tramonti and Shannon Hebert and nephews Dylan Hebert and Harrison Hebert. She also leaves her father-in-law Harold Imondi and sister and brother-in-law Lynn and Richard Tramonti. She was recently preceded by her mother Therese Hebert and mother-in-law Rita Imondi, two women who she loved immensely. She also leaves her lovable golden doodle George. The family would like to thank all who loved and supported Suzanne through her long illness. We also thank the entire St. James School staff and families especially Suzanne’s dear friends Susan Bushman, Linda Carpenter and Beth Holcomb. A special thanks to Suzanne’s medical team. First and foremost to Dr. Pat Defusco who has been Suzanne’s guardian angel throughout her illness. Thank you also to Ashley and the nurses at CB2, and Jen and the nurses at the Wethersfield Infusion Center. In Suzanne, we have lost a beautiful soul who quietly and gracefully changed the world and she will never be forgotten. Contributions in Suzanne’s memory may be sent to Metastatic Breast Cancer Network P.O. Box 1449 New York, NY 10159. Family and friends may gather, Monday June 4th at 9 a.m. at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. James Church, 896 Main St. in Manchester, CT. Her family will receive friends Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the funeral home. For online expressions of sympathy, (a video tribute will be available on Saturday) please visit us at www.carmonfuneralhome.com












Terreah DIETEL

Daughter Terri died of MBC 8 August 2009

About ious1Tjed6247



My name is Terreah Dietel. Summing up my life’s experience you could say …..I’m a 63 y/o female advocate. I advocate for any cause that I believe does not get the recognition it deserves…..i.e., MBA, DOHWS (access beaconlightmission.org) then go into Doors Of Hope. I advocate for raising funding in areas no one else feels is important. Without government intervention, i.e., funding. ( My choice). Personally I feel too many causes go unnoticed & don’t get the attention they deserve. I am a drummer whose beat is a different (off the trodden path) than the status quo way of doing things.
My life has been spent in hospitals w/not only my daughter who had StageIV MBC…..but a son w/cancer. (Medullablastoma aka brain stem cancer). So I am seasoned beyond – beyond. Not that it makes me a specialist in anything….but knowledge acquired is a powerful tool when discussing protocols. I sound intelligent enough to be reckoned with.
I have 4 children. My daughter (iousTjed6247) aka Terri passed away 8-8-09. We both were on this site for understanding, encouragement, wisdom, support, laughter, and garnering knowledge. Love unconditional I cannot say enough about !!!
So…..I have continued to post as her ‘caretaker’ and her ‘advocate’ as I simply cannot stand by……without saying I did not do something or make a difference even if in some small way for MBC. Hence….my Balloon Fiesta in NM this month….has me seeking a sponsor for recognition for MBA for next year.

I am here ……I don’t budge easily. I read your posts daily…..and you’re in my heart and mind and I wish each of you the best life as you walk the line. MBC is heartfelt. I know how it feels to have loved and lost a MBC daughter at forty one so I’m wrestling with all you alligators….. but from this side of the pond.













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