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Value of Mammograms to Detect Breast Cancer

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With Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes a new study questioning the value of mammograms for early detection of breast cancer. A recent study performed in part by the National Cancer Institute and Dartmouth Medical School, found that mammograms indeed help detect early onset tumors but not "deadly" cancers.

Isn't that the point -- to detect any/early cancers? What newly diagnosed patient wants to determine whether their "early" cancer is deadly or not?

I know many women and men who discovered their cancer through mammograms, and I can't imagine any one of them saying their cancer is small so it must not be deadly.

I can agree that possibly some cancers are "overdiagnosed," but who is that one person to say they might be overdiagnosed therefore not seek possibly life-saving treatment?

While I respect the research, I would like to congratulate the researchers who have furthered the science that has helped me survive. However, it seems these studies disproving or deterring women from having mammograms rear their heads every few years now and for what purpose?

My Pink Planner Life Lesson

If you have your health, you have it all. We have all heard the saying, but sitting in the waiting room of The KU Cancer Center waiting for my annual screening, sometimes we need to be reminded how fortunate we are.

After going through a stressful year, I decided life is far too precious to allow a situation to control my life and health. Stress is like poison. It invades every facet of your life. It hurts emotionally and physically. But not if you shut it down first.

As I enter the holidays, I will take better care of myself. I will cherish the time I have with loved ones, and live a less stressful life.

Being a survivor, I know how lucky I am to be healthy, and need to remain healthy and happy for myself and my family!

A Komen Pink Promise

Komen Kansas City logoSusan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Kansas City is holding their annual BRUNCH to celebrate breast cancer survivors Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 10:30 a.m., at the Overland Park Convention Center.

My favorite part of the day is the plethora of boutiques featuring the latest pink purses, jewelry and t-shirts. But there will also be a silent auction, prize drawings with 20% of the proceeds Komen Kansas City.

The cost is $35 per person. Get your tickets today by visiting the Komen websiteor calling (816) 842-0410.

See you there!

Mesothelioma Resource for Patients

For any cancer survivor, we all share the difficult journey of treatment and survival. Whether you are looking for information about breast, ovarian, prostate, lung cancer or mesothelioma, I want to provide you with links to websites that provide doorways to knowledge.

I recently was contacted by someone attheMesothelioma Centerwho asked if I would share a link with you. After reviewing the site, I found it helpful in finding doctors in your area while learning about more about this rare form of cancer. If you are looking for more information about Mesothelioma, visit Remember, we're all survivors.

Guiliana Rancic Takes Control with a Double Mastectomy

Bill and Guiliana RancicCelebrity news anchor Guiliana Rancic is reportedly recovering after undergoing a double mastectomy earlier this week. I have to give her kudos for taking control of her treatment and cutting her chance of recurrence dramatically.

I understand the need to take the advantage over breast cancer. Seven years ago last week, I, too, opted to undergo a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. When I woke up after surgery, I mentally knew I was on my way to recovery which is why I decided to have my breasts reconstructed at the same time I had the mastectomies. I didn't have to wake up seeing the deep cavity on my chest where my breasts had once been.

At the time, doctors considered my decision radical, but having a young child with special needs made the decision to be as aggressive as possible. I have never regretted my decision for a second.

I wish only the swiftest of recoveries for Guiliana, and she will remain in my thoughts.

Looking back at breast cancer

It was the worst phone call imaginable, "The tumor was...malignant." And, poof! My life changed forever. I had breast cancer. I was 1 in 8 women diagnosed with this disease.

That phone call was 7 years ago this week, and my life has changed so much since then. Because of cancer I have new friends I never would have met. I have strength I never thought I had. I have found a way to help women and men who need help organizing their lives during treatment.

I'm not saying I loved having cancer or that I enjoyed losing my hair or haven't lost my mind many times with 7 years of power surge-like hot flashes.

I know my life has been enriched by the bravery in the eyes of men and women wearing stocking caps to cover their bald heads as I pass them in the grocery store. I am renewed every time I speak to a newly diagnosed survivor. I thank you for allowing me to talk about a time that HAS defined me -- I'm a fighter, survivor, living a better life than ever! (Thanks to Dr. John Quinn, Dr. Carol Fabian, Dr. Lon McCroskey, John Kitchin and Johnnie.)

Fighting cancer by creating a healthier you

Cancer survivors, learn how to live healthier lives!

On Thursday, October 21, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri, athe Cancer Treatment Centers of America.(R) invite you to learn how to fight cancer and live healthier!

The event is called "Creating a Healthier You" and will provide practical information about cancer fighting foods, cancer treatment choices featuring the latest technologies, and cancer-prevention lifestyle options. Guests are invited to a complimentary dinner whilelistening totwo cancer expert presentations and the opportunity to meet a variety of cancer support organizations throughout Kansas City.
Please RSVP for this event by calling 800-295-9333
or e-mail

Guiliana Rancic diagnosed with breast cancer

Guiliana Rancic, courtesy MSNBC Entertainment Television host Guiliana Rancic has breast cancer. The news anchor revealed her condition on national morning television yesterday.Her condition was discovered while preparing for fertility treatment. My Pink Planner's survivors are behind her, and thinking and praying for her restored health.

A world of cancer awareness

Steve Jobs, Courtesy: Apple.comSteve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple, died after a struggle with pancreatic cancer. Whether it's breast, prostateor ovarian cancer, every time cancer claims a victim I can't help but think of theindiscriminancy of its cruel pattern. Yet, Jobs was not reluctant to publicly personify a brilliant, super-wealthy survivor displaying the courage to be seen as the "celebrity cancer patient" of the moment. Like all survivors inthe battlefor their lives, Jobs tried to live as normal a life as possible. But his example of the human spirit conquering cancer if only for a brief time is what we should remember.Hislasting legacy willbe toraise awarenessof this lethal opponent and theneed for a cure forall types of cancer.

Make strides to end cancer with My Pink Planner

My Pink Planner wants YOU to join the team to fight breast cancer! Join me for the American Cancer Society's "Making Strides to End Cancer" 5K walk on October 29, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. It's a great event to help raise funds to END breast cancer! I know these are tough economic times, I am asking for a donation -- $20 -- for the chance to walk together and to celebrate another year of being cancer survivors. 100% of the donations go straight to the American Cancer Society.

If you want to walk with the official My Pink Planner team, email me at today for more information! If you want more information itself about the walk, visit

Breast cancer fashion "In Living Pink"

In Living Pink LogoKansas City breast cancer survivors and supporters celebrate the kickoff of Breast Cancer Awareness Month by working the hot pink catwalkfor their annual "In Living Pink" fundraising event. JoinMy Pink Planneron the runwayon Saturday, September 17th at 7:00 p.m. at the Overland Park Sheraton. I've been practicing my strut and "Smeyes" orsmiling with my eyes, and can't wait to joinQuinn PlasticSurgery at their table for therest of the evening.

Come cheer on Kim George, survivor honoree! To buy a ticket or learn more about the Young Survivors Coalition of Kansas City at Rolling Out the Pink Carpet.