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On The Cover: Hope - Breast Cancer Awareness MonthTBy Sally Kaloshis October, as we mark BreastCancer Awareness Month, it’smore than just a nod to a cause; it’s a profound reminder of the resilient and brave women around us. We’re all touched by stories - be they of survival, loss, or ongoing battles. These stories teach us the very essence of courage and resilience. Our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, andfriends, are often the heroes of these tales, showing unparalleled strength in the face of adversity.Scheduling a mammogram may seem like a small act, but its implications for early detection and treatment are monumental. It’s not just about the medical procedure; it’s about ensuring peace of mind for them and for us.So, as the autumn leaves fall this October, let’s stand together, reminding the women in our lives of their worth, and supporting and loving them every step of the way.How To Support Loved Ones Who Have Breast Cancery Sally KalosBWhen someone close to you is affected by breast cancer, priorities suddenly change, andyou may be wondering what you can do to provide the support needed to help this person navigate any ups and downs that could be on the horizon.A breast cancer diagnosis does not produce a uniform response. While one loved one may embrace others wanting to help, another may feel she is a burden and exhibit an unwillingness to accept help. In the latter instance, being a supportive bystander may require walking on eggshells. Even still, there are some universal ways to lend support when a friend or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer.• Offer practical support. Cancer affects the body in several ways. Energy levels may wane, and certain symptoms mayarise. Side effects from treatments also can make it difficult to continue with daily tasks. So, an offer to help with tasks associated with daily living, such as cooking meals, gardening, washing clothes, or cleaning up around the house, can be practical and much appreciated. Approach the individual and ask questions in pointed ways. Rather than, “What can I do to help?”, which may resultinananswerof,“Nothing,”figureouta way to pitch in and then ask if that would be acceptable. This may be, “Would you like me to run to the supermarket for you today?”• Offer emotional support. Someone with breast cancer may just need a person who can be there and listen. A hug, a nod of understanding or even a companion who can chat and take the person’s mind off the cancer can be immensely helpful. Keep in mind that emotions may change on a dime,and some emotions may be directed at support systems. While it can feel hurtful, remember the real reason for any outburst is the disease. Patience is always needed.• Learn what you can about breast cancer.Research the type of cancer your loved one has, which may make it easier to understand what to expect. If the person is amenable, you may consider accompanying her to appointments to hear firsthand about the next steps in her treatment and recovery.• Maintain a positive attitude. It’s never easy knowing someone you love is sick. They are going through their own emotional roller coaster, and support systems can lift their spirits by maintaining positive attitudes. Avoid wearing rose- colored glasses, but try to remain as upbeat as possible.• Find a support group. Professional Alignment Physical Therapy.I am truly blessed to have such an amazing support system and recently completed my treatment at the end of Julysupport groups are great resources for coping with a cancer journey. Supporting a person with cancer takes its own unique toll, particularly when caring for a spouse, child or mother with breast cancer. Support groups for support networks can be helpful.Individuals diagnosed with breast cancer may need a little extra love and support. It’s up to caregivers and friends to step up and provide what is needed.2023. I learned so much about myself and life. Tomorrow is never promised, be kind to the people around you, and live life to the fullest!!I Learned So Much About Myself & Lifeubmitted By Susan Frechette, Breast Cancer SurvivorSMme to request a diagnostic mammogram to include ultrasound. I knew right away when I saw the ultrasound that it was a tumor. I quickly received a biopsy that confirmed my diagnosis of triple negative cancer, stage 1b, invasive ductal carcinoma. Triple-negative breast cancer is a very aggressive type of cancer that is not “fed” by your hormones. My doctors said I was very lucky to discover it so quickly.My husband was deployed in Africa at the time but thanks to the American Red Cross was able to come home to help me. I proceeded with multiple scans and further diagnostic tests to determine my plan of care. At that time, there was no indication of lymph node involvement. I proceeded with 6 months of IV Chemotherapy including AC (“Red devil”) & Taxol. Then, I had a lumpectomy with a sentinel node biopsy which showed a positive micro metastasis in the lymph node taken. I proceeded 10 days later with an axillary dissection which resulted in all negative lymph nodes. I finally received the “NO EVIDENCE OF DISEASE” diagnosis.Next, I had 20 sessions of radiation followed by 6 months of oral chemo, Xeloda.y cancer journey started in early 2022 when I discovered a slightly inverted nipple which promptedGo For Your Mammogram – Don’t’ Put It Off!ISubmitted By Melissa Craig, Breast Cancer SurvivorWith my physical therapy expertise, I was able to navigate through treatment with mild side effects. I exercised and provided my body with good nutrition and was even able to work part-time as a physical therapist during most of my treatment.I realized that so many women suffer from side effects and lack of information during treatment which prompted me to become certified as an Oncology Rehab & Breast Cancer Therapist with my company,n 2016, at the age of 48, I was diagnosed with breast cancer after a mammogram found a mass and itwas confirmed with a biopsy to be a tumor. I was under the age of 50 and no family history of any cancer.I was lucky to have found it when I did. I hadn’t gone for my mammogram when I was supposed to that past year (life was crazy) but at the encouragement of my lawyer (I was going thru a divorce), he advised me to take care of all my medical appointments before the divorce as I was on my soon to be ex-husband’s insurance and would be moving to a different state to start over. If I had not gone then, it would have been a much different scenario for me as it definitely would have been more advanced when finally found. I am so thankful that I listened to his advice. Some hard months..... with more tests and needles than I care to remember, surgery, treatment, and lots of tears and prayers, but I was determined to fight and found strength I never knew I had. Today, I can happily say that as of my most recent 6 month test I am now a 6 yearsurvivor!!So please ladies, I know many of us putthe needs of family before our own but do this. Go for your mammogram not only for you but for your family. You can’t love and care for them if you aren’t here.6www.alamoranchhighlights.comOctober 2023

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