Thursday, December 29, 2011
Spending the holiday weekend with my son, daughter, son-in-law, grandson and husband in a place that actually had snow on the ground.( I love snow!)
Getting the chance to see my niece, her husband and watching my great nephew D open his gift.
Well LIFE doesn't get much better than that.
So there is the explanation for my absence. We were too busy cooking , watching "White Christmas" and "It's a Wonderful Life" , playing Rummicube, and just spending time with each other. Actually, I didn't think much about cancer. Except on Christmas Eve. We had just come home from Christmas vigil mass. I sat and watched as Matt and Terry worked in the kitchen putting together the traditional 7 fish Italian Christmas Eve meal. Andy and Nick were chatting about which wine to serve with dinner and JT was asleep. I suddenly had the urge to cry, not from sadness but from gratitude to have the opportunity to spend another Christmas with my family.
Friday, December 23, 2011
IMG_1676 Sandy Mezinis 2011 (c) ANGEL IN THE KEYS
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
One Force is a collaborative of ovarian cancer organizations in NJ whose mission is to develop synergies that will effect increased education and awareness about ovarian cancer; improved support for survivors; and better resources for survivors and caretakers. One Force to Make A Difference supports and participates in fund raising and other events that contribute to innovative, cutting- edge ovarian cancer research. We have offered symposiums in the past and during this call-in meeting we began the initial planning for the 3rd Annual One Force To Make a Difference Symposium. Yours truely will be one of the co-chairs. Lots of work ahead but all in support of women with ovarian cancer and their caregivers.
Meeting 2- Mercer County Cancer Coalition
This was the second quarterly meeting I have attended since moving to Mercer County and joining this Coalition. I wore three hats for this meeting - one as a Teal Tea Representative, one as a One Force representative and one as Me- Women of Teal blogger. I have posted on this blog about events run by Coalition There are many excellent opportunities in the county to raise awareness cancer and healthy lifestyle choices that help prevent the disease. Coalition members run cancer awareness and fundraising events and health / wellness events such as the Run for Dads which takes place each year on Father's Day to raise awareness of prostate cancer. If you live in NJ and are interested in attending your Cancer Coalition meetings check this page for more information.
The meeting was held at the new Capital Health Center in Hopewell NJ. It recently opened and the facility is bright , the people are friendly and helpful and the shops - on general and one for mothers and newborns were chock full of nice and unique gifts. Parking is free and there is even free valet parking.
Meeting 3 - CINJ Survivors Day
Well, I can't write too much about this event since we are firming up the keynote speaker and the format but this will be one CINJ Survivor's Day you do not want to miss.
I know I need to limit what I am involved in but it is hard for me to say "no " to any request that means helping others with cancer. So as exciting as it was to be asked , I decided recently to not apply to be an LAF leader from NJ and to not apply to be an advocate at the 2012 Survivorship Research Conference.
In 2012, I will concentrate on fundraising for CINJ ( more to come about this in February) , co-chairing the One Force to Make a Difference symposium in May, speaking to other ovarian cancer survivors as volunteer with Cancer Hope Network, serving as a Teal Tea Table Captain and my research advocacy work.
After all, I need time to write this blog , create a few more Quilt paintings and have fun with my family.
Every Day is a Blessing!
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
"Defining Cancer Based on Characteristics, Not Solely by Location in the Body, Molecularly-Driven Diagnostic and Therapeutic Development, More Robust Biomarkers, New methods of Cancer Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment"
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
- Livestrong Female Infertility web page (http://www.livestrong.org/Get-Help/Learn-About-Cancer/Cancer-Support-Topics/Physical-Effects-of-Cancer/Female-Infertility).
- Oncofertility Consortium http://myoncofertility.org/
- Women's Cancer Network http://www.wcn.org/articles/quality_of_life/fertility/overview/
- ASCO recommendations http://jop.ascopubs.org/content/2/3/143.full
Friday, December 2, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Capital Health presents
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Capital Health in Hamilton
1445 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd., Hamilton
Join Doug St. John, Pharm.D. and learn more about current vaccine information. The program will discuss the role vaccines play in healthcare and also explore the controversies surrounding them.
For more information and/or to register for this program, call 609-394-4153. You may also register online at www.events.capitalhealth.org.
Nursing contact hours will be given at this program.
Capital Health is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by NJSNA, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. PI22-3/10-13.
I thought some of my readers might find this interesting. There are clinical trials for a vaccine for ovarian cancer currently going on at U Penn, The Cancer Treatment Centers of America, NCI and the May Clinic. I hope one day they will be talking about a vaccine every woman can take for Ovarian cancer.
Every Day is a Blessing!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
This voluntary decision is a result of an internal BVL review, which indicated that routine preventive maintenance did not happen at a specified time for some manufacturing equipment. This required maintenance included steps to ensure that machinery meet all qualifications before being used again. BVL is halting production to conduct a site-wide assessment to determine the potential impact, if any, and will implement any corrective actions if needed.
This temporary suspension of manufacturing by BVL impacts the production and release of DOXIL®, which is currently in short supply and not available beyond product already allocated to patients in the DOXIL® C.A.R.E.S. Physician Access Program. We are not able to estimate timing when DOXIL® may return to the market as BVL has not provided a commitment on when its manufacturing operations will resume. In light of this situation, patients should speak with their physicians about alternate treatment options.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation, Inc.
2010 West Chester Pike, Suite 300
Havertown, PA. 19083
Toll Free: 1(877)730-1100
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Once again the Elixir Fund is providing special services for cancer survivors and their caregivers in NJ. On December 4th, at the Radiant Spa and Salon in Hamilton, the Fund is offering a mini-makeover from noon to 3 pm. Survivors or caregivers can have their choice of two services a mini-facial, manicure/pedicure or chair massage. Click on the image above for more details.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
There is no screening test for ovarian cancer. A Pap test does not screen for ovarian cancer. But you can help change that.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
The Elixir Fund is supporting a Bridges to Wellness program on December 10,2011. Spend a day learning how to reduce stress , relieve pain and improve sleep through the use of yoga, laughter and Jyutsu. Click on the photo above to enlarge and for more information or visit http://www.elixirfund.org/.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
- 14.4% of adults in NJ identified themselves as smokers.
- Smoking causes cancer , heart disease, stroke and lung diseases.
- Each cigarette contains 2 mg of nicotine
- Nicotine stimulates dopamine release in the brain.
- Smoking 16-25 cigarettes a day increases risk for Type 2 diabetes to three times that of a non-smoker.
- Second hand smoke contains about 70 different chemicals.
- Thirdhand smoke refers to toxins from cigarette smoke that stick to soft /porous surfaces.
- All hospitals in NJ are now smoke-free.
Monday, October 17, 2011
In July,at my support group meeting I mentioned that I had just finished reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and had written about it on this blog. Another survivor asked me if I had read The Emperor of All Maladies - A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. She told me that it should be the very next book I read.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Women’s Cancer Conference
October 28, 2011
7:30 – 3:30 PM
The Abramson Cancer Center is pleased to present the 1st Focus On Women’s Cancers Conference featuring:
Ø Life After Breast Cancer
Ø Focus On Gynecologic Cancers
Ø Focus On Your Risk of Breast and Ovarian Cancer
This day is designed to address the personal and medical issues facing breast cancer and gynecologic cancer patients as well as those at risk for breast and ovarian cancers. Patient’s loved ones and caregivers are encouraged to attend as well. This conference is FREE of charge.
Please register for only ONE conference but feel free on the day of the conference to attend session at ANY of the three conferences.
View the full agenda and register online at OncoLink.org/Conference/WomensCancers or call (7366).
Unable to Attend?
Attend in person or via Livestream! We will be streaming the Focus On Gynecologic Cancers conference in its entirety atPennMedicine.org/Abramson/WomensCancersLive. Log on to watch and submit questions.
Additionally, conference will also feature a web-chat. Breast cancer and gynecologic cancer experts will answer questions about risk, diagnosis and treatment. Submit questions in advance at OncoLink.org/Webchat.
Gynecologic Cancers Webchat, , EST
Breast Cancer Webchat, , EST
Thank you U Penn for holding this conference.
Every Day is a Blessing!
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Well the NFL has the "Crucial Catch" campaign in place for the month of October. From nfl.com:
"ABOUT A CRUCIAL CATCH
The NFL, its clubs, players and the NFL Players Association are proud to support the fight against breast cancer. Our campaign, "A Crucial Catch", in partnership with the American Cancer Society, is focused on the importance of annual screenings, especially for women who are 40 and older. Throughout October, NFL games will feature players, coaches and referees wearing pink game apparel, on-field pink ribbon stencils, special game balls and pink coins - all to help raise awareness for this important campaign. All apparel worn at games by players and coaches, along with special game balls and pink coins will be auctioned off at NFL Auction (www.NFL.com/auction), with proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society and team charities. This is an issue that has directly touched the lives of so many in the NFL family, and we are committed to helping make a difference in breast cancer prevention."
They are auctioning off items the athletes were given to wear during the games on this site. The least expensive bid I saw today was a $65 sideline cap worn by Randy Stark. The most expensive was a Ray Rice jersey whose bid was $4009. I am a big fan of Ray Rice since he played at my Alma Mater, Rutgers, so this high bid made me smile. There were also many bids for various dollar amounts on shoes, jerseys, towels and caps. All profits go to the American Cancer Society. Last year the NFL donated over $1 million to the American Cancer Society.
First, I am not totally adverse to the NFL using pink to raise awareness or funds for breast cancer research or to provide mammograms for women who can't afford them. My sister passed away from breast cancer and many of my friend's have been diagnosed with breast cancer and a friends father was diagnosed with breast cancer. Did you know there is a genetic link between breast and ovarian cancer (BRCA1 and 2 mutations)? I am not adverse to having NFL football teams raise awareness for various illnesses or chronic conditions.How about raising awareness of heart disease or diabetes? Wouldn't one weekend in October be enough to make the point to women and the significant male's in their lives the importance of mammograms , healthy eating and exercise?