I had a lovely day yesterday. Continuing with doing things that make me happy I planned a day of meeting friends, catching up on gossip, seeing new houses as well as helping out with professional advice. I know.. Me giving advice on business! Ha ha! Anyway if I can help then I am pleased to.
I finished my afternoon by helping Pete out and going to see Ray. I spent an hour with him just chatting and making tea… it was no hardship really. It’s funny the thought of looking after him can be worse than actually doing it as you never know what mood he is going to be in. Thank fully he was in a good mood yesterday.
By early evening I couldn’t keep my eyes open. I started my chemo drugs yesterday but I don’t think it had anything to do with how tired I was. I could barely keep my eyes open at 7pm and struggled to watch the new pope being introduced to the world, let alone watch Masterchef! It’s so weird to feel like that but I have to listen to my body. For whatever reason my body was pooped! I slept really well (except for being squeezed a bit hard by the Bear!) but still feel I could have a day of lounging. This is where motivation can be really hard. I am so aware of my morning rituals and the importance of keeping up with everything. I don’t want to become complacent. So I started with my Deepak Chopra meditation followed by yoga then rebounding. I have to admit it is not my favourite exercise but I get really sweaty and puffed out so it is clearly good for me. So much so I cannot walk after! Then onto my heat and air. I read an article sent to me by Mark Newey how a guy focussed on deep belly breathing amongst other things to get rid of his canSer, basing the concept on getting more oxygen into the body. So this has spurred me on not to let things slide. I always feel so much better for getting everything done.
Today is going to be odd. We got to Simons funeral today and a group from the office will be going too. It’s a toughie.. I am not completely comfortable with crying in front of everyone. I don’t intend on having tears but it’s so tough. He will be sorely missed.
News came yesterday from mum that my Great Aunt glad has died too. I haven’t seen her for many many years so I don’t feel any huge sadness. She was 91years old and simply died of old age apparently. That’s lucky for her, to just go to sleep and not wake up.
I am still ever open to news and research and yesterday received some info from a friend regarding seaweed extract out performing chemo in trials.
The extract of an edible red seaweed was found to be 27 percent more effective than standard chemo in shrinking breast tumours in rats while showing much less toxicity to liver and kidneys, and even improving the rats’ antioxidant status in both blood and tissues.
I knew that seaweed was essential in our diet but this is really exciting. It just goes back to believing that nature can cure all. To read more go to the link:
Also carrying on my research I came across some information suggesting that there is a link between triple negative breast canSer and ovarian canSer.
From an article on USA today Sept 2012
‘Scientists announced that they have finished mapping virtually all of the genetic mutations in breast cancer, an effort that could soon change the way patients are treated and eventually help researchers develop better treatments.
“The catalogue of human breast cancers is nearly complete,” says study co-leader Matthew Ellis of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. “It’s the breast-cancer equivalent of putting a man or woman on the moon.”
Among the most striking findings: One of the most lethal types of breast cancer is genetically closer to a kind of ovarian cancer than it is to other breast tumours, according to the paper, published online in Nature.
That discovery could soon produce real benefits for breast cancer patients, Ellis says. Women with so-called basal-like breast tumours — also known as triple-negative cancers — would likely do better on a much less toxic chemotherapy regimen, which is currently the standard of care in ovarian cancer.
Such shifts show that doctors are beginning to change the way they look at cancers, focusing less on a tumour’s organ of origin and more on the inner workings of its nucleus, down to the molecular level, Ellis says.
“Just because it’s a breast cancer doesn’t mean it’s like every other breast cancer,” says Brad Ozenberger, who oversees the research project, called The Cancer Genome Atlas, at the National Institutes of Health.
The ambitious federally funded program — with a budget of $100 million a year — aims to be the cancer equivalent of the Human Genome Project, which decoded and mapped the human genetic blueprint. Scientists already have published the genomes of four other cancers: brain, ovarian, colorectal and lung. In this study, scientists analyzed tissue from 348 breast cancers, finding that most tumours are caused by mutations in 30 to 50 genes, Ellis says.
The genome atlas could give drug companies ideas for new drugs that target key genetic mutations in cancer, Ozenberger says. In addition, the catalogue of genetic mistakes can also help scientists better understand how cancers develop and spread, Ozenberger says.
For example, they may discover that a newly discovered gene is involved in the immune system — providing a clue to how cancer eludes the body’s normal defences. Already, the program has given researchers clues that both ovarian and triple-negative breast tumours could be vulnerable to drugs that block new blood vessel growth, which aim to starve tumours.
Today, women with triple-negative tumours are treated like many other breast cancer patients, getting drugs called anthracyclines that can damage the heart and cause leukaemia or a type of “pre-leukaemia,” called myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS. Ellis’ recent research, however, suggests anthracyclines don’t help women with triple-negative tumours.
Robin Roberts, host of Good Morning America, underwent a bone-marrow transplant Thursday for MDS, caused by her successful treatment for triple-negative breast cancer in 2007. Another insight from the study: Doctors should reconsider an experimental class of drug called PARP inhibitors for triple-negative breast cancer, because early trials in ovarian cancer have been promising, Ellis says.
Breast cancer survivor Roxanne Martinez says she “choked up” when she heard that future patients might be able to skip the most toxic chemotherapies. Martinez, 32, was treated for triple-negative disease two years ago, while she was pregnant with her daughter.
While both she and her daughter are currently healthy, Martinez says anthracycline drugs made her very sick. Now, she worries about her long-term health. Martinez, of Forth Worth, says she’s fascinated by the similarities between breast and ovarian cancers, which run in her family. Doctors have long known of links between breast and ovarian tumours.
Well, well, well… all very interesting. I wish sometimes everyone would share their findings as it seems they are so close to many great outcomes but maybe they need to combine their work?!
An amazing thing happened yesterday. I posted on facebook that I only need approximately £200 to reach the £2000 barrier on my giving page. I went off for a few hours and when I looked next I had over £4000! My friend had toppled it over £2000 then VTUK Property Solutions donated £2000! Whoop.. So over come and so very excited that now I want to make £10,000. Bracelets are still selling and more need to be made. I really feel so excited buy it all. A friend has also agreed to hold a ladies night on the 3rd may. I will no doubt be involved with that… Bless everyone trying so hard. I love it! It keeps me going.