Today I received a call from my breast surgeon. My heart instantly sank, thinking, why is she calling when I have an appt tomorrow to go over pathology results?! She quickly said the most amazing words, "I have great news...results were negative, only a small margin of surrounding tissue had pre cancerous cells of idc, and nothing was found in your lymph nodes" What does that mean?! It means I can celebrate! And move onto radiation next. No further surgery or chemo treatments should be needed! I am beyond happy, and have had mixed emotions all morning. So thankful for my doctors, my friends, my family...everyones kind words, good vibes, and prayers. I know my body has gone through hell, but it is also because of all of you that I am able to become a #survivor ! #fucancer#Iamawarrior#triplenegativebreastcancer
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No two pendants are rarely ever the same, so you will have your own individual piece of jewellery celebrating our talented Australian Indigenous artists and handmade by me.
YELLOW BUSH PLUM RED by Australian Indigenous Artist JULIEANNE T. NUNGARRAYI. ♡ $1 from each pendant sold will be donated by me to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to help support education in remote communities. ♡ Read about artists and the stories behind their artwork on my website www.bellaandreg.wix.com/thecollections ♡ Part of the proceeds from the buying of the fabric goes back to the artists and their communities.
Support Australian Indigenous artists, local, handmade businesses, and education all at the same time.
This weekend, I did my first 5K event. It was a walk, not a run, but I walked and alternated pushing Mia for 3.2 miles and I wasn't winded or sore after! (though I did take a big nap...) 💪🏻 This time last year I was near death. So, so sick from chemo and battling a horrible infection and non-healing wound from tailbone surgery. I had no hair anywhere on my body, even my nose and ears. The only time I really left my house was for doctor's appointments. At that time, the thought of doing something like this was so far away. A dream, really... 😭 This was a momentous accomplishment in my book of life and I'm so grateful.
♡ M O N D A Y M U S I N G S ♡
The main reasons I do what I do:
I love to create, always have and always will. I find it to be part of my soul, and was and is my form of therapy for what I've been through and continue to go through.
I love reading and teaching. My heart explodes when these two loves come together, hence why I donate $1 from each pendant sold to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to help support education in remote communities.
I love celebrating the talented artists of our country. I will continue to buy their fabrics which helps them sell more and gets their artwork out where it should be. I also want to take down one non genuine 'souvenir' at a time (especially those made in bulk from overseas). My heart is in the right place. I will continue to create and continue to donate. It's my purpose and it definitely fuels my passion.
Fabric: STELLA BURGUNDY by Australian Indigenous Artist CATHY TURNER
We had the BEST time meeting up with fellow Breast Cancer Survivors last night. These ladies are from all over the country (and Canada 🇨🇦) yet we have so much in common and it’s an instant connection. I’m so thankful to have found so many young survivors! Thank you ladies for letting us Nashville girls crash your dinner! Can’t wait for YSC! #breastcancer#triplenegativebreastcancer#youngsurvivors#motonashville
12 months since I lay in a hotel bed late at night while my husband slept next to me. I lay thankful for a night away for just the 2 of us. Thankful that my mother-in-law was doing well, and feeling well enough during her treatment to keep the kids for us so we could go celebrate a friend’s wedding. Thankful that things for her were looking good. Thinking about how it’s been a while since I checked.
1 year ago, I checked.
There it was. Something new. Something different. Something that wasn’t there before. Something that did not belong.
It’s been a year.
It’s been the hardest year of my life. It’s been horrible for my husband. It has been awful for my children. We have struggled through fear, loss, grief, and exhaustion.
It has been a year.
Yet it has also been a year of love, support, family, friends, strength, courage, life, and discovery.
It’s been a year.
It’s been a few weeks since I had a blood test, now my chemo is every 3rd week. So I have no idea whay Hb is doing. I’m feeling pretty good though so I’ve devised my own test. It’s call the ‘can you walk up a big hill’ test..... #triplenegativebreastcancer#cancercangofuckitself#campeak
These five handmade Australian Indigenous fabric pendants are making their way to their new home in Colorado, USA, tomorrow. 💛 ♡ $1 from each pendant sold will be donated by me to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to help support education in remote communities. ♡ Read about artists and the stories behind their artwork on my website www.bellaandreg.wix.com/thecollections ♡ Part of the proceeds from the buying of the fabric goes back to the artists and their communities.
Support Australian Indigenous artists, local, handmade businesses, and education all at the same time.
Fabrics from top to bottom: YALKE RED by Australian Indigenous Artist JUNE SMITH, FRESH LIFE AFTER RAIN PURPLE by Australian Indigenous Artist CHRISTINE DOOLAN, DANCING SPIRIT RED by Australian Indigenous Artist COLLEEN WALLACE, BODY PAINTING GOLD by Australian Indigenous Artist JUNE BIRD, and YELLOW BUSH PLUM BLUE by Australian Indigenous Artist J. NUNGARRAYI.
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~Highlighting creative and local talent~
PEARL JAM & POWDERFINGER TRIBUTE SHOW 8:30pm, 1st September at Mingara.
CONTACT DETAILS: www.powderfingertribute.com
STORY: 'In the early 90’s Grunge music took the world by storm and is still loved by millions of people around the world. During this time, two bands started to make a name for themselves, Powderfinger in Australia took the country by storm with their album "Double Allergic" released in 1996 whilst Pearl Jam took the world by storm with their albums “Ten”, "Vs"and “Vitalogy”. Put these two bands together and you have one mighty Tribute Show!
Introducing the Powderfinger and Pearl Jam Tribute show performing all of the hits from both bands. Powderfinger songs performed include “These Days” “Baby I’ve Got you On My Mind”, “Passenger" and “Sunsets” as well as songs from Pearl Jam including “Jeremy”, “Alive”, "Even Flow” and “Black”. The tribute show includes members Jason Hicks (Vocals/guitar), Troy Henderson (Bass and backing vocals), Trent Crawford (lead guitars) and Adam Gallace (Drums) all successful artists in their own right performing in bands After The Fall, One Dollar Short, Field Day and Jaywalker.
Promises to be one almighty night of Rock wherever the band plays!' We've seen these guys perform and it's always such an awesome night - the next best thing to seeing my beloved PJ live. 😊
Thursday’s check-up went well! I’m recovering better than expected. At 3 months into a 6-8 month recovery.
Still need to keep up the hydration. Switching to a different compression solution for the swelling in my ankle.
Trying out a medication to help reduce the hot flashes so I can sleep.
Talked about anxiety, and managing it in a healthy way.
Talked about being vigilant without being obsessive.
And then we talked about all the information and advice that patients are bombarded with, and weeding through it to find real solutions. The take-away is that communication with your medical team is paramount to understanding what you are doing and WHY. As well as what you hear outside of the office, and how relevant it is to you and your treatment plan.
I appreciate the honest conversations I have with my oncologist. She helps me understand all the chaos that surrounds this cancer. She talks about the science, the studies, the naturopathic options and where they fit. She tells my the WHY behind her opinions.
She also takes the time to talk about my mother-in-law who was also her patient.
We talk about my husband and my kids. Because this is not just about me. They are in this too.
We talk about the life I am living, and our family adventures and plans for this year.
So cheers 🥂 to continued healing and amazing oncologists!
Hard earned to my current state of healthy and blessed to have these last 3 years. Honoured to move forward in all the days to come. I am always a student of life and although some may look at having cancer as a curse, I have always tried to look at the blessings it has brought me, the clarity and the friends, the purpose and power to do more with what I have to offer. I honour myself today on this day of my birth and hope to keep doing good to help others, stay true to myself and to LIVE in perpetual forward motion.💗
Wow i cant believe I’ve done three months of chemo. I only have two more months left and i have my double mastectomy in October, which is just around the corner. It’s funny how I’m actually looking forward to it cause it means I’m half way done. I’m one of the lucky ones tho. My research nurse told me that someone with my same type of cancer may not have the same results because it’s such an aggressive form of cancer. I honestly believe being positive, having so many amazing people love and pray for me along with my treatment is what helped me get through this. #triplenegativebreastcancer#breastcancerwarrior#fuckcancer#chemotherapy
Wanna feel those glutes? We tried the band with side kick outs with sumo squats...then drop it for stationary squats at the end X3 sets
Stationary kick backs with band X3
I am a Cancer fighter....currently still going through chemo. My body is still allowing me to train. I was so scared that I would be unable too and loose what I have earned. I have a reason to not hit the gym 2x a week....Do u?
I wanna push you into getting healthy. It was the BEST thing I did. Yes it is hard! YES I hurt before, and after but it is a GOOD pain....I am fighting a life threatening disease and it doesn't like a healthy body💪 So what is stopping you??
There are many different body types, fitness physiques , body builders, rehab being trained here? Come and check them out!!
♡ E X C L U S I V E P E N D A N T S ♡
These pretties are the start of something beautiful, and exclusively created for Starwin Shopfront. I don't normally create children sized pendants, but for these fab people in the NT, I do. Can't wait for the smaller pendant delivery!
I will find out the artists behind each fabric over the next week and you can contact me or Karina from Starwin for more information on how to purchase one (or two, or three...💚)
This is me, living my best life. 🙌🏻
I was told that this was going to be a bad year for me. Although it has been a very trying, anxiety and fear filled year, it’s probably my best year ever. So I get a rare aggressive form of cancer and I’ve been scanned, cut, scraped and tortured more times in 8 months than most people deal with in a lifetime. But I am blessed and loving my life. 🧘🏻♀️
Being triple negative means I can never truly put my guard down, this disease is a beast! I’ve never made so many friends and touched so many lives before. Cancer is a life altering experience. You experience so many different emotions. I went from denial of being sick, to oh my god I’m going to die, to let’s kill this cancer! 🥊
It hasn’t just changed me, but changed my family as well. We don’t sweat the small stuff anymore. We appreciate each other’s company because we don’t know when it’s going to be our last get together. 👫
I have an incredible relationship with my doctors and nurses. We smile, laugh and sometimes dance! Never would I have thought I’d look forward to going to the hospital! What up to #monmouthmedicalcentersouth ! 👨🏻⚕️👩🏻⚕️
But being able to tell my story to those affected and having the ability to help other scared cancer patients and/or caregivers, gives me life! I love getting DM’s from you guys! Having cancer has showed me what my purpose in life truly is! I’ve always wanted to make a difference and here I am, actually doing it! 📖 🖋
My breasties, I can’t do this without you!! I’ve met and spoke to so many wonderful women. I might be a little biased to my tnbc sisters, but that’s because we need extra love! I still have so many exciting things going this month! Looking forward to a Breastie brunch this Sunday and next weekend is my first @the_breasties @philly_breasties event!! And I cannot leave out the fact that I got to be a guest speaker at @msabc_pointpleasantbeach @cancernynj event! 🎤🎗
If this isn’t my best life, I don’t know what is! 💕🙌🏻
So haven’t posted for like a month 😬 luckily no more chemo reactions have happened!! After I had a reaction to taxol my oncologist changed my chemo to Abraxane! I’ve had 4 rounds of Abraxane and so far I feel like it could be worse so overall I feel good about it. Although I will say the symptoms I’m getting make me nervous and are building but just part of chemo I guess! It’s interesting cause AC made my ANC go down but then taxol makes my white blood cell and red blood cell count to lower so I think this leaves me feeling a bit weak at times... but like I sad I feel like it could be worse so feeling blessed! Another reason I haven’t posted much is just cause I’ve been avoiding dealing with my cancer stuff in general at times and this week I realized why cause I was getting a little depressed but I think mostly I’ve felt scared... I try to stay positive and tell myself that I will beat this but it would be a lie to say that I don’t think of the worse case scenario at times!! Seeing that statistics show less survival rates for my particular breast cancer really makes things scary at times!! Earlier this week I had a day where I just cried all day basically.. I just had so much on my mind.. that day also found out about another friend who has been diagnosed with cancer and hearing of a couple women who also recently passed away it just all built up. Praying for those women who have passed too soon and praying for their families to find comfort!! We need a cure now!!! 😔🙏🏻 #tnbc#triplenegativebreastcancer#breastcancerat32#cancerwarrior#readytobeatthis#formybabies#youngwomenwithbreastcancer
#PatientTestimonial “Cancer is the scariest diagnosis for any person to receive. At 36 years old, with no history, and an other wise clean bill of health, this came as a complete shock. Getting diagnosed with stage 2 Triple Negative breast cancer was frightening. The surgeries and chemo therapy that were to come overwhelmed me. Opting for a bilateral mastectomy wasn't an easy decision for me to make. Getting lucky enough to have Dr. Chagares as my breast surgeon was a game changer. His positivity and compassion helped ease my fears. He wrote the book for bedside manner. Dr. Chagares and his phenomenal staff became my team in the fight for my life. It is no surprise to me that he is bringing innovative surgery to the United States to help ease the fears of women when they hear the diagnosis of breast cancer. He wants the best for his patients and works hard to make sure we receive that. I’m extremely grateful for his talent, but most of all for treating me like a person. Thank you Dr. Chagares for being the amazing doctor that you are!”
Today I know more.
It has not been a typical week. This week I completed the first round of #chemotherapy pills. As I discussed with my oncologist what vitamins I could take that would help me through the side effects of chemo... he pointed out to me that antioxidant supplements are not good because they counteract what the chemo is doing: oxidizing cells in order to attack #thatwhichcannotbeseen : the #triplenegativebreastcancer cells which may or may not be there.
So, I live through the familiar side effects that the chemo brings.
I mark 1 Year since many friends gathered at @lucettesalon to shave our heads before I had my first dose of chemo.
I mark 1 Year since that first morning spent with the oncology team at @swedish_american helping me through the process of chemo.
I mark 1 Year of that first chemo side effect.
But today I know more.
I know what to expect as the side effects hit me.
I know that I can count on my family and friends when I need help.
I know the warning signs my body gives me when I need to REST NOW.
I know that there is an end date to this process.
I will feel better soon. I will get knocked down again. I will feel better again.
This process will repeat 7 more times. And then chemo will end for me.
THIS makes me think of those (mostly) women with Metastatic Breast Cancer. For them, there is no end to chemo treatment if they want to live. There is no ending to searching out new trials to extend their lives beyond the median survival rate of three years. They #livewithcancer
My body will heal. In time. Will THEY have enough time?
This is why I’ve decided to celebrate my 40th Birthday by #raising40kforstage4 Breast Cancer Research benefiting the UW Carbone Cancer Center. Please consider attending the party and/or becoming a sponsor.
MUCH THANKS to @grythealth for all they do and for sharing my #breastcancersurvivor story! 💗
#GRYTis admitting it's okay to not be okay...and that you need help.
Gryt is surviving 15 rounds of chemotherapy, three surgeries, 32 rounds of radiation and still having N.E.D. (#noevidenceofdisease ) for over three years!
Gryt is walking the @NYFW (#NYFW ) runway in a swimsuit for the @anaonointimates x @projectcancerland show by @artheartsfashion benefiting @metavivor w/ @mirasorvino as a (hugely introverted) breast #cancersurvivor ! Although I once felt my body betrayed me, I CELEBRATED it that day—scars and all—because it's also what got me through cancer.
Read the rest of Rachel's story on our blog ☝️ link in @grythealth bio and in comments below 👇
You can follow her on Instagram and Facebook @survivormoda.rachel
and learn more about all she is doing for survivors with her company The #ParkPuff by copying and pasting this link 👉 https://www.survivormoda.com/shop/the-parkpuff (also available in comments)
Want to share your story? Shoot an email to Jessica@grythealth.com to get information on how to do it!
Thank you to everyone who has helped us raise more money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and Camp Quality, as well as for our farmers over the past two weeks. We were able to donate all the monies today, with Reggie taking our farmer pendant money to his school this morning! Isabella and her friends have also been raising funds for Jump Rope for Heart this week and the 40 Hour Famine which she will undertake this weekend with a buddy, starting tonight.
Thank you for your ongoing support of my handmade Australian Indigenous fabric pendants and Isabella's homemade cards. Much ❤.
| To wig or not to wig? |
I get asked this a lot, why go bald? Answer: It feels more honest to me, especially this time around.
Obviously, I have total hair envy but being bald has given me strength. It has taught me that my outward appearance is so secondary to what is inside me. I know everyone says that but take it from this bald, one and a half fake boobed girl, the inside is the good stuff. I am still learning everyday to ignore the stares, awkward personal questions from strangers, and the hilarious commentary from curious kids, but wearing what used to literally be my hair feels so foreign. That girl is so far away from who I am today; I miss her sometimes, I definitely miss her hair, but what I’ve learned the last year and half is that I am one strong mofo and nothing can bring me down. 💪🏻🎀
"Today I asked my body what she needed,
Which is a big deal
Considering my journey of
Not Really Asking That Much
I thought she might need more water.
But as I stood in the shower
Reflecting on her stretch marks,
Her roundness where I would like flatness,
Her softness where I would like firmness,
All those conditioned wishes
That form a bundle of
She whispered very gently:
Could you just love me like this?"
-Hollie Holden @hollieholdenlove -
I've been taking some time for self-love thanks to a warrioress retreat from @lovelisamalia. I've been on this journey, trying to love my body with all it's changes. It's been through alot - and it, and I, deserve more than to feel anything less than grateful and loving towards my body. In the 9 months it's been through hell and back. 16 rounds of chemo + 3 surgeries, 20lbs gained, hair falling out, I mean the list goes on and on!! And I'm blessed to wake up every morning.
So THANK YOU to my body, for fighting so hard for me.
Thank you for allowing me to still pursue my passion for photography.
Thank you for giving me breath every moment.
Thank You for healing.
Thank you for giving me "just another day in paradise" with my family.
And thanks to the God who created you.
In the waiting room I was the youngest person by at least 30 years. Story of my life. Then my appointment my in the kids room. I was STOKED. I basically match the room 😂 .
I was hoping to get a date for radiation ae I was told 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. Then the radiation lady said once she sends the form off, its 4 to 6 weeks after that. 🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️ argh. .
So no radiation date yet. A bit annoyed but hey! It is what it is.
Back in April, before I was diagnosed with #breastcancer , I decided to plant a few sunflowers in our garden, mostly as an experiment for Dane. Turns out, he’s not super impressed. 😂 But I love them. They took for what seemed like forever to bloom - and coincidentally it happened the same week I found out my tumor had disappeared. I don’t think this is a coincidence. 🌻🌻 -
My latest blog is up - it’s a doozy... it took me hours to write and I cried through most of it. It’s linked in my bio or you can go to www.stayingmartha.com 💛