Tuesday, October 31, 2017

When a celebrity has breast cancer

I just heard the news that Harry Connick Jr's wife Jill Goodacre had breast cancer 5 years ago and that it was missed with a routine mammogram because of dense breasts. What happened to me is shockingly similar except that she was diagnosed at stage 1 and I was 2B. We both had Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. My breast cancer was missed in a routine mammogram in October 2013 because of a regular mammography machine. When I went in December 2014 (yes I know I was 2 months late as I'd been putting it off) I was one of the first to use the new 3D machines and that's how it was detected. If it had gone undetected again in 2014 I would have surely been at stage 3 or easily stage 4 by the time it would have been diagnosed in 2015. Something Jill said resonated with me and that was that she has been and is currently on Tamoxifen which has made her gain weight and feel more round. I can certainly relate! Her saying that validated how I feel. Tamoxifen clearly causes weight gain. My oncologist told me that was one of the side effects as he was writing the prescription. More on that later.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Pinktober is over

I am glad that breast cancer awareness month is over. I didn't participate in much except a fashion show called Hope on the Runway. It was a benefit to raise funds for Susan G. Komen. I've always wondered how much actually goes to research for a cure and I have since learned that only 10% goes towards finding a cure. So many companies buy pink products ~ everything from pink sneakers to pink Christmas ornaments. I've always wondered how much is actually handed over for research. I didn't do the walks in October but I was asked to be in two fashion shows. One I was able to make and had a lot of fun and the other I wasn't able to make. I just wish we find a cure!

Post about breast cancer

Our life stories have to wordlessly echo the story of redemption—and make it easier for others to live that same tale. Thank goodness God is always ready to help us improve our story-telling techniques (and to rewrite those places where we fail)! It has been a challenging year to say the least. Diagnosed with breast cancer on January 9th my life was propelled a series of unending doctor appointments. I wish I would have written in this blog about the steps I went through but I couldn't think back then and was exhausted most of the time. So I'm going to attempt to catch up now and try to piece together my story now since diagnosis. I'm going to try to catch up because I want to be able to look back on this as a success story and have it all in writing so my children can see what I went through. They only saw on the surface level what I went through. But not the day to day stuff because they were in school. I will write more later.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

My dip mix is unsafe!

Wow Great News!

Peanut Allergy Study With Xolair: Impressive Results

A new pilot study testing “rapid” peanut desensitization has resulted in 92 percent of subjects being able to tolerate 160 to 400 times more peanut than they could at the study’s outset.
Published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the study’s aim was to test whether combining the asthma drug omalizumab – known by the brand name Xolair – with controlled peanut exposures would speed up and/or improve the process of oral immunotherapy or OIT. In OIT, the patient consumes tiny, then increasing amounts of an allergen with the aim of becoming desensitized to it.
Though the study was small, the results were impressive. The 13 participants, all highly allergic to peanut, were pre-treated with Xolair for three months. Then, after just one day of OIT treatment, all of them were able to tolerate 992 mg of peanut flour. After an average of eight weeks, 12 out of 13 patients were able to tolerate 4,000 mg of peanut flour, or roughly 10 peanuts. At this point, treatment with Xolair stopped, but the subjects continued to eat 4,000 mg of peanut per day.
Six months later, they were all able to tolerate about 20 peanuts without reacting. Depending on the patient, this represented an increase of 160 to 400 times what they could tolerate when the study began.
By using the combination of Xolair and OIT, the patients were able to become desensitized much more rapidly than previous studies have shown. For example, a previous peanut desensitization study that didn’t use Xolair found that it took an average of 30 weeks for subjects to reach doses of 500 to 2,000 mg of peanut. With Xolair incorporated into the treatment method, not only was the amount of time required cut by more than half, but the amount of peanut tolerated was more than doubled.
Xolair works by preventing IgE antibodies (the antibodies involved in allergy) from attaching to mast cells in the body, which is an important step in the process that leads to allergic reaction. Xolair is typically used for allergic asthma.
However, there were some drawbacks to the treatment: 2 percent of peanut ingestions were associated with reactions. While most of these were mild and easily controlled with antihistamines, three patients had reactions that required epinephrine. However, considering how quickly the peanut doses were increased, and that the patients were a high-risk group to begin with, the study authors note that overall the reactions were “surprisingly mild”.
The next step for this research is to conduct a much larger study. If results are similar, this could represent a giant step forward towards a food allergy treatment.