Friday, October 29, 2021

R U Dense? - By Julia Chiappetta

Ha-ha. Now, hold on readers, it’s been a while since I last wrote, but please stay with me.   When I heard the words ‘You have Dense Breasts’ I had no clue what that meant.  

 From age 35, commencing with my first mammogram to age 45, when I was diagnosed with Stage II Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma (IDC), those utterances, you have dense breasts, were always part of my annual mammography reading and yet I never asked anyone to help me understand.  Why was I so dense?  Shame on me for seeking more information and shame on the hospital and doctors for never sitting me down to expound on the risks, or suggest an ultrasound-the next course of action.  First Do No Harm, right?    

 Let’s start from the beginning.  December 1999, had my end of year annual mammogram at the hospital. Result, “you have dense breasts, but everything looks fine, see you in one year.” Three months later, I felt it and I knew it was different.  I had a pit in my stomach, it was during my monthly self-exam. It felt like a small mosquito bite on the outer edge of my right breast, but it was March in Connecticut and no mosquitos were biting. I knew it was different, thanks to my doctor Carine Klein, who had taught me how to self-examine years back.  Her generous instruction became one of the most important lessons of my life that day.  You see, when you systematically perform a self-exam month after month you get to know the usual lumps and bumps that are the norm for your breasts, but this time, I was acutely aware this was NOT the norm. All of my instincts were screaming out - there is something foreign in your breast!

The next day I called and was sent me over to the hospital for another mammogram. Result, it is nothing, the scan looked normal and not to worry, But…I was worried and crying and asking for a biopsy. I just knew it was not good and it was humiliating being brushed off and having to beg for a biopsy. They finally relented. Two days later I was waking from the biopsy and returned home.  The next day, I had THE CALL.

‘First of all, I want to apologize, I learned an important lesson, that I need to listen more closely to my patients; I am sorry to say that you have Stage II Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma and you need to act fast,” said my surgeon.

 What?  Woah!  I caught my breath and realized it was the big C!

I often imagine my life had I been offered an ultrasound earlier, but on God has that information, and what ifs are counterproductive.   

Twenty-one years later, I am still here. Cancer changed my life, as it does everyone who has been on this journey.

 I surrendered my healing platform over to Jesus years ago and began delving into research that resulted in changing my entire life, diet, lifestyle and seeking doctors and practitioners who would become my tribe, my people to help me become whole again and thrive. I had become the CEO over my own body, making informed choices along with the guidance of my trusted tribe of experts. One of those experts was Dr. Robert Bard on Park Avenue in NYC. I could write pages about him, but let’s just say, he is a brilliant, trail blazer, well known around the globe and a pioneer of cutting-edge technology that our hospital and no one within miles and miles even knows about.

Dr. Bard introduced me to Joe Cappello, co-founder of AreYouDense.org, along with his wife Nancy, who like me had dense breasts and ended up leaving us too early. I never met Nancy, but I sure wish I had. Together they started this educational movement so that the world would come to know the risks of dense breasts. They took their research and resolve to Washington DC, to present ultrasound as the standard for all  dense breast screening.      

Last month, I was the first person in the New York area to be scanned at Dr. Bard’s office with new technology designed by GE specific to dense breasts? I can tell you that as I lay comfortably on an exam table, the technology hovered over my breasts for the screening vs. what I liken to having my breasts squeezed under a garage door wrenching in pain.  

 

Some stats:

- 40% of women have dense breast

- Most men have dense breasts

- Many men are diagnosed with breast cancer

- First responders, like Firefighters have a high incidence of breast cancer due to the toxins they are exposed to

- Toxins including pesticides are at the top of the list of the environmental risks for all cancers and auto-immune diseases

- 85% of all breast cancers are environmental which includes diet, lifestyle, fitness and stress  

- Traditional mammography is 50% accurate at best

 

So…Are you Dense? Please find out and "Get Checked Now!"

For more information: visit: www.BreastCancerNYC.com or make an appointment with Dr. Robert L. Bard for a primary, supplemental or second opinion at: www.CancerScan.com  . Also, check out the latest videos and research work on Dense Breasts as part of the "Are You Dense" Foundation's national push to bring new education & advocacy


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Also check out NYCRA-NEWS feature on: "UNDERDIAGNOSED WOMEN".  In the name of patient advocacy and vigilance, we highlight landmark stories of victims like Gilda Radner and Nancy Cappello as some of the names in history that aided the the exposure of this medical crisis. 
Historically, there is substantial evidence of gross disregard and dismissive response on the part of the medical establishment in the way women have been diagnosed. Critics have speculated a vast array of reasons for this ‐ from professional carelessness and laziness to blatant sexism (and other forms of discrimination) to a lack of updated education in current research. But whatever the reasons may be, the lack of performance and attention in the hands of the medical diagnostician have resulted in tremendous danger to the patient. The most extreme cases of this underdiagnosing led to major health disorders and even death due to false negatives and missed conclusions from physicians and radiologists.


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Saturday, June 5, 2021

CANCER, COVID and IVERMECTIN - by: Kirby Lewis

I was diagnosed with COVID on January 3, 2021 on top of currently having stage four metastatic breast cancer. Having a highly compromised immune system, type 2 diabetes, cancer cells running rampant all over the body and a highly infectious and lethal disorder like the coronavirus to boot- is probably the worst of all worlds.  Altogether, it just knocked me out!

I was admitted several times in a matter of days - first due to a high temperature three days before the January surge and the second because of a highly erratic drop of my glucose levels. Normally it goes the other direction but this strange drop was an alarming 85, then soon after became 75, then 65.  The usual intake of orange juice, peanut butter, chocolate and glucose tablets to raise my glucose levels was not working this time. Within hours, my readings continued to plummet to a daunting 35 which meant a trip back to the hospital. It was then that several tests confirmed that I was positive for Covid-19.

Damn! It really just knocked me off my socks. I could not believe this because I had no symptoms- like the tightness of the chest, the difficulty breathing, the diarrhea or the aches and pains that I read about. I had none of that.  It was then that I realized that Covid is even more INSIDIOUS for someone like me-  one who has a compromised immune system from diabetes and cancer, making the infection process that much more lethal.

It took a bit of time before they got my glucose to an acceptable level, but I was nowhere out of the danger zone.  They were discussing my options and being INTUBATED was one of them- and one that I was adamant against. 

Behind the scenes, my wife Mary Ann was getting a battery of calls from Lennard (Gettz) from NYCRA and Cheri (Ambrose) from the MBCC who brought in Covid-19 expert Dr. Pierre Kory from FLCCC who fast tracked me a prescription for a drug called Ivermectin, something I never heard of before. Mary Ann snuck it under the wire to my bedside for both of us to take. Out of the eight days in the hospital, three days were spent in ICU. I really anticipated when they moved me over to ICU, that things were going to get worse because of the fact that I had stage four cancer.  I heard so many horror stories about people that have these malingering diseases that they don't  do well with Covid. 

As I continued to secretly receive Ivermectin doses (at the guidance of my trusted medical friends) alongside the hospital's antibiotics treatment, I recall hearing stories about families smuggling Ivermectin in Twinkies and other pastries in Covid care units.  This gave me both a chuckle and a calming reassurance that Dr. Kory's 'hook up' script would add to my hope for overcoming "the perfect storm" that I am facing.  As it turns out, eight days into my medical care and the infectious disease doctor came with a surprising announcement that "I had NO SIGNS OF COVID AT ALL!"  To my relief, if I had a Saint or God watching over me... or perhaps I actually had nine lives, I'm one of the people that actually got to walk away from this.

AFTERMATH
Looking back, I thought if I'd gotten on this Ivermectin earlier, maybe I wouldn't have had anything like this at all. Maybe I would've never even contracted Covid. I declined Dr. Lee's suggestion to keep taking the antibiotics.  Not only did I feel no sense in continuing antibiotics, but be both accepted me getting discharged.

My wife got along really well with the Ivermectin. Because she had been around me, she also tested positive for COVID but she never got admitted to the hospital or anything. Her symptoms did not warrant that even though she was diagnosed the day after I was.  We are very blessed probably more deserving than we should be. But we persevered and we're here to tell you this story is as brief as it is during the pandemic.

MANAGING COVID IN CANCER PATIENTS
"Given the unclear efficacy in cancer patients who are under treatment that are often immunosuppressive medication, the vaccine's efficacy is clearly unknown and probably insufficient in a proportion of patients with cancer patients. Therefore for protection against COVID, Ivermectin is a really safe and easily available alternative. So that would be one plus for the cancer patient. Another factor is obviously the significant comorbidity. If they were to get COVID, you want it to be effective early treatment- that goes for all disorders. Since time is of the essence, especially a cancer patient, you want to have an aggressive early treatment. You'd want to have an all a safe, alternative that's effective to protect you." - Pierre Kory, MD (see complete audio/video interview)

* For additional information on IVERMECTIN, visit: the following sources:
 NIH: National Institutes of Health 
 The Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance

 

THE KIRBY LEWIS CRUSADE
“Cancer does not discriminate... and men can get breast cancer by the hundreds each day!" More and more doctors and survivors agree that being "cancer free" does not necessarily mean we are truly ever out of the woods. Some even rename this as "Free FOR NOW". 










Why Kirby's Experience is a Real MIRACLE Story!
by: Debbie Falborn, RN (aka The Chaga Lady) 

For people with metastatic cancer, they're most commonly immunosuppressed from serious chemo treatments.  This means anything that they're exposed to can potentially make them very sick if their white cell counts are low from the chemo. They don't have those fighters gathering up all the viruses and bacteria and getting rid of them like a healthy person would.  Now if this person gets COVID, it can be deadly because their bodies are unable to build a response to it-- to fight it off with a good outcome.  Now top this with the complication of the hard rise and fall of his blood sugar that cancer directly feeds off of. This is what makes Kirby's story being stage four and diabetic such a miracle; his highly challenging condition was treated with this drug and turned his condition around to a full recovery! 
Like this one beautiful man that needed this treatment to save his life, this information is priceless for so many others who are suffering this way.  The fact that he continues to do better and his wife got better says this Ivermectin should really be studied and it should be studied hard.

I understand Ivermectin is more recognized abroad, and case studies are done (blind and double blind) with Hydroxychloroquine + a placebo + Ivermectin in the US showing that it does prevent the spread of COVID-- however, it has not been approved by the FDA. It is used as a anti-parasitic, because it prevents and actually encourages the body to get rid of parasites. It shows promise in the studies that are being done. 



CLEARING THE PANDEMIC INFO CLUTTER
NYCRA Editorial Staff

Our divided world can agree to the vast (and possibly conflicting) information out there offering to explain the Covid arena's medical backdrop.  From death toll and infection rates to recommended protocols for prevention, prophylaxis and treatment, getting it right is a responsibility framed by referencing QUANTIFIABLE data.  

In a 2021 seminar on cancer imaging at the Integrative Cancer Powermeet conference, Dr. Robert Bard presented the advantages of modern medical imaging to support optimum data collecting as part of what he considered "undisputable" intelligence when it comes to scanning a patient's physiology.  Medical imaging offers the age-old values that greatly support the medical diagnostic and detective work process: "pictures can tell a thousand words, what you see it what you get and images don't lie".  He identified the fundamental tracking of statistics like blood flow, spectral based parameters, muscular attenuation and the many other levels of data-mining that a scan can extract diagnostic and analytical information about the patient. [See Statistical Methods report by Dr. Martino Alessandrini and Prof. Guido Masetti].  Technologies like the 3D Ultrasound, the fNIRS, fMRI and other non-invasive tools help 'the detective' get many new readings that aid in the delivery of conclusive evidence.

The medical and patient communities both can challenge any data to be skewed or be flat-out wrong. But it is time as the audience of the pandemic information jungle to embrace the paramount responsibility of the clinical agencies who present these report to confirm not just the source or the peer-based reviews, but also recommend how the outputs of their fields of study should be referenced (and applied).  Hence, as we are still in the thick of the pandemic moment constantly writing history as we are living it, we must assess any current reports with an open mind much the same way a detective in a crime scene would.  This open mind must be driven by discernment and a grasp on reality that there are (yet) other possibilities that may be available that can challenge, reverse or support any conclusion driven by a prior evaluation- such that the open mind might want to take yesterday's data to be based on "what we can prove vs. what we know SO FAR". 






VIEWPOINTS

ELIZABETH BANCHITTA - EMT / Medical Student - NY
"Statements about IVERMECTIN like Kirby's story and Dr. Kory's articles comes from that life-or-death end of  the ICU where most of the patients are extremely critical and there's not that many interventions that would make much of a difference.  Both patients and ICU experts have a short window with disorders like Covid- such that they recognize what works right.  Let it be for prevention or treatment, finding a drug that can save lives without risk or injury is what we all strive for in this pandemic- and Kirby's story is so vital to getting everyone to listen to exploring this solution and others that are out there.  I personally don't know how the vaccine is going to pan out down the line, but we need to look at ALL options!"

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by submissions in this VIEWPOINTS section are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of NYCRA, Prevention101.org or our affiliate organizations supporting this publication. 



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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

VIDEO: "PATH TO RECOVERY STARTS WITH A SECOND OPINION" by: James Hunt

 

STEPPING UP MY OWN RESEARCH
by: James Hunt (originally published March, 18, 2018)

I want to tell my story so that I can help others diagnosed with prostate cancer. This all started with a routine physical with blood work. My primary care physician called to say everything looks good except a slightly elevated PSA and suggested I make an appointment to see a urologist. After spending months on antibiotics to treat a possible infection of the prostate due to bike riding, my urologist suggested a biopsy. The biopsy was one of the worst things I’ve ever experienced in my life. The biopsy results showed a Gleason 6 cancer in one of the 12 tissue samples taken from me.

The urologist suggested active surveillance where we would monitor the cancer with blood tests, MRI’s and biopsies. He mentioned that I would eventually need surgery- probably within a year or two. I reached out to one of my chiropractor friends for some advice (Dr. Mark Jones of Wading River) who is quite knowledgeable in Holistic medicine and he suggested; Pomi-T a dietary supplement that was used in a study (in prison) that was proven to slow the growth of prostate cancer. He also told me about Chaga Tea - brewed from the Chaga mushroom that grows on birch trees in Canada. I connected with Debbie Falborn from Chaga Island who told me "we will beat this". They helped me put together a plan that consisted of drinking 24oz of chaga tea a day along with daily supplements of Glutathione, Vitamin B complex and Magnesium powder (Calm).

I also spoke to another friend, Dr. Keith Gutzmann whose practice,
"...to everyone battling cancer --
stay smart, realistic... do
your own research and follow your
gut for what makes the most sense."
The Howard Beach Comprehensive Health Care Center
is tailored towards Holistic Health and Wellness.  Dr. Gutzmann suggested a number of nutritional supplements. Curcumin, Boswellia (Indian Frankincense), Ginger, Fish Oil, and Vitamin D3 for their anti-inflammatory effects.  Indole-3-carbinol, Vitex, and Saw Palmetto for their hormone modulating effects. There were a number of other supplements he suggested that I found to be echoed later by other sources as I continued my research. Dr. Gutzmann then strongly suggested a Ketogenic dietary strategy (low carbohydrates and sugar) with concomitant periods of Intermittent fasting. Lastly, he suggested I look into getting a DVD of a film by Peter Starr called "Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery, Drugs or Radiation". I found this on Dr. Mercola’s website. One Friday night at 8pm my urologist called me to tell me that a second part of my biopsy reveled a more aggressive cancer and that I really need to consider surgery sooner rather than later. I had just started to feel right mentally and now this. My surviving prostate cancer DVD came and I watched it. The first thing Peter Starr said is that "you have time... you are not going to die tomorrow". He also explained how these doctors will attempt to scare you into doing some sort of treatment right away.

I learned from the video a few other key supplements that are proven to slow the growth of cancer Vitamin k2, Vitamin D3, pumpkin seed oil, Vitamin C, Flax Seed Oil, Coenzyme Q10, Neprinal AFD and Lycopene. I also learned about gut health and the need to take Probiotics (Syntol AMD). The film taught me a lot how sugar feeds cancer. I also learned of an ultrasound machine called a 3D color Doppler which Peter Starr explained is a noninvasive way of checking cancer growth without having to go through biopsy and long MRI’s.

I went online to try to find this machine and all I could come up with was the prostate cancer research institute in California. I felt that wasn’t an option for me at the time and took another suggestion of Peter Starr’s and to get a second opinion. I made an appointment with another urologist that came highly recommended. He read my reports and test results and was surprised that the first urologist was pushing for surgery. He said we will do active surveillance with blood work, MRI’s and biopsy’s. Here I was again hearing the word "biopsy". I had done plenty of research on the internet and all I kept reading is that there is a chance of spreading the cancer with biopsy’s. The second urologist said I’ll see you in six months your prostate needs to heal from the biopsy before we can do the MRI.

In the six months I completely changed my diet starting with giving up all processed foods. I started a meal plan that consisted of wild caught fish, chicken and bison that were antibiotic and hormone free, organic vegetables and foods containing healthy fats avocado, cashews and macadamia nuts. I cut all sugars from my diet including those from fruits. My fruit intake was limited to berries occasionally. Getting close to my MRI appointment and thinking this was going to be my only option.

After much research and a referral from my wife's fundraising circle, I came across Dr. Robert Bard a seasoned radiologist in midtown Manhattan that has written books on prostate cancer and has a 3D color Doppler! I made an appointment and went in for the ultrasound. My experience with Dr Bard was excellent the procedure took all of maybe ten minutes. After the procedure I sat with Dr. bard to go over the results, he found a small spot which he said did not look like active cancer cells maybe a scar left from the biopsy. Dr. Bard said we would do active surveillance and watch it that I had nothing to worry about. Dr. Bard has done extensive research on prostate cancer and has come up with his own supplements that he formulated for prostate cancer. A lot of the ingredients in his pills are what I’ve been taking. I’m starting his supplements right away and finishing up what I have. As of right now I have no active cancer and happy I got a second opinion.

My message to everyone battling cancer is to stay smart and realistic. Do your own research and listen to the right people and follow your gut for what makes the most sense.  The resources are all around us and thanks to the world wide web, we have some of the best information available to win this.  Perhaps it was the research that made me push for a second (and even a third) opinion and I'm glad I did- because if I would have caved to the panic-stricken voice of my first doctor, things may have turned out very differently- or worse.


VIEWPOINTS

JOHN SAVARINO, DO - Medical Dir. (Apex Cen. for Regenerative Medicine)
"I find the advancements of ultrasound technologies remarkable. The innovation allows procedure-based doctors (like me) to do more with procedures, because now we can see deeper and smaller things.  The philosophy of INTEGRATING modalities is definitely the way that medicine is going... and obviously using the least amount of invasiveness possible so that people recover faster and they have less likelihood of getting things like infection and other types of complications."

ARA KARAMANIAN, MD - Medical Director (Prostate Laser Center)
"When a patient has an elevated PSA or positive digital rectal exam, most urologists will perform an untargeted biopsy.  This generally involves 6-12 core samples from around the prostate without screening for or targeting any specific lesion.  Some call this approach "Poke and hope" given that it only has a 60-70% sensitivity for clinically significant prostate cancer.  If instead, we start with an imaging study such as a high quality multiparametric MRI, followed by a targeted biopsy, we can increase the sensitivity for clinically significant prostate cancer to about 90-95%.  In addition, minimally invasive treatment, such as MRI guided laser ablation allows a more targeted treatment approach with a lower risk of side effects."

DAVID DACHINGER - Innovator (Loving Meditations: Bring Calm to Cancer)
 "
As a stage 4 head and neck cancer survivor, I can appreciate the challenges Jim Hunt highlights.  Upon hearing a cancer diagnosis, many patients (including me) experience a simultaneous rush of powerful emotions and mind-blowing numbness. There can be an overwhelming volume of medical information to absorb. It’s vitally important to slow down, take time to process the information, do research, and get second opinions. Having undergone painful invasive biopsies, I understand Jim's concern about infection and the potential for spreading cancer. I wish I had known there were non-invasive options like 4D Doppler imaging. I have undergone several PET, CT and MRI scans, involving IV contrasts, radioactive dyes and claustrophobic machines, all of which bring stress and “scanxiety” before, during and after the procedure.  Having the option of a non-invasive scan could save time, reduce worry and alleviate the stress while waiting for scan results (which typically take days to be interpreted by a radiologist)."

JESSICA GLYNN, LCSW, CPC, CEC - Psychotherapist (JAG Wellness, LLC)
"This literally just happened to my dad; the doc was 95% sure it was cancer, proceeded with surgery after catheters causing infections -- and NO cancer! Lots of crying and worries from all of us for NOTHING!  My thoughts on SCANXIETY... any time a threat to our physical health and wellbeing arises, our amygdala gets activated, driving an overwhelming flood of fear. Anxiety leads to negative and destructive reactions without any clear or immediate answers and often leads to a fear-heightened loop. Jim’s experience with cancer imaging provides immediate answers, easing these anxieties more quickly instead of going direct to a painful and risky biopsy- which also gives segmented "hurry up and wait" information.  A palliative care model could help us gain the knowledge and answers we need in as timely and cohesive way."

JOHN GRAZIANO - TriAthlete / Physical Trainer (Wildwood Warriors Tri Team)
"This video is actually very educational and eye opening.  We are trained to listen to conventional medicine. Sure, we also know we should always get a 2nd opinion. However, one would likely go straight to another conventional doctor.  Dr. Bard’s 3-D Ultrasound is such a benefit over the conventional methods.  Not only does it offer faster results, reducing the stressful waits, but it provides a much more reliable diagnosis.  I’ve often felt like too many doctors are “textbook diagnosers!”  I appreciate Jim for taking the time to share other alternatives. I believe these kinds of videos from real people who experience a successful alternative diagnosis provides hope for thinking out of the box and give us a fighting chance. " 


JENNIFER HUNT - Patient Advocate/ Fundraiser (Fight Cancer Like A Girl)
"I am Jim’s wife and I’m also a breast cancer survivor and what I hope people take away from the video is that you have to be your own advocate and research all options. I feel getting a second opinion is mandatory with a cancer diagnosis, different doctors have different opinions. This applied in my case as well I’m glad I got a second opinion. Do your research if they recommend invasive tests, we are grateful to have found Dr. Bard and his 3D imaging because especially with prostate cancer the other biopsies they recommended are very invasive, painful and can be harmful. The 3D imaging has made follow up check ups a breeze literally in minutes you get instant results. Also researching wholistic options has proved beneficial for Jim he found Chaga mushroom tea that he drinks daily along with taking supplements and his cancer is gone and has not returned." 

* Opinions expressed in this VIEWPOINTS section are supportive comments about the contents of this article and are solely those from the contributors credited.


Also published on: LINKEDIN NEWS and THE LONG ISLAND PATCH
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References & Available Links:
Dr. Mark Jones, Wading River, NY (chiropractor)
Dr. Keith Gutzmann, The Howard Beach Comprehensive Health Care Center- (www.holisticnyc.org)
Pomi-T (www.pomi-t.com)
Debbie Falborn / Chaga Island (www.chagaisland.com)
Peter Starr: "(www.survivingprostatecancer.org)
Dr. Joseph Mercola (www.mercola.com)
Dr. Robert L. Bard (www.bardcancerdiagnostics.com)

Special Thanks:
Jennifer Hunt & "Fight Cancer Like a Girl" Team
LI2Day Walk (www.li2daywalk.org)

Awareness for a Cure:
Co-Editor: Laurel Muckey / Integrative Medicine of NY
Production / Editor - IntermediaWorx inc.
Technical Advisor: Annie Brandt / Best Answer for Cancer (bestanswerforcancer.org)

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Monday, March 16, 2020

SURVIVING A PANDEMIC WITH PERSPECTIVE

By: Lennard Gettz

As a volunteer and survivor of the 9/11 attacks, I learned to recognize the many types of losses that are associated with disasters. This includes loss of life, property and security - but also the overwhelming loss of one's mental well-being from the trauma that comes with having something significant forcibly ripped away from you.

It is human nature and common practice to forget our blessings and take things for granted as we hyper-obsess on the woes of our adversity. It certainly does not help when everywhere you turn, headlines push the same fear-driven buzz terms about how grim our current situation appears to be.  Terms like UNPRECEDENTED OUTBREAK, UNCERTAIN TIMES, GLOBAL PANDEMIC and DEATH TOLLS echo one depressing report after the next.  Understandably, getting people to think prevention by invoking fear from contamination means highlighting the darkest motivations and the many consequences that come with it.

Having lived through an era of wars, terror attacks, mass shootings and cancer deaths, disasters have a way of delivering hopelessness like a swift punch in the gut, then followed by a ground swell of negativity and bad reactions from the murky unknowns and unexpected losses. But as impending disasters go, this may be the right time to empower ourselves with a new flavor of forward thinking and a healthy new perspective.  We need to take a major breath from all this as part of maintaining our sanity and not succumb to PANIC and the allure of fear.

1) Historical reference shows that there is always a tipping point to a better day! It may not feel that way now, and maybe worse days may yet be ahead of us, but taking on a more worldly view of any tragedy (historically) has always shown us RECOVERY, RESTORATION and a RETURN to normalcy.

2) We live in an era of ADVANCED SCIENCE: at 2020, our medical community has helped us overcome a large percentage of cancer cases, developed artificial intelligence, nano-technology, micro-processors, innovative robotics and a wide array of remarkable technologies. Outside of warp drive and time travel, there's not much we have not been able to solve when we put our minds and resources together.

3) THE INFORMATION AGE: thanks to today's communication and our global info-sharing community, finding an answer to this (and any problem) is easy access worldwide. Knowing this helps reinforce our faith in our ability to find an eventual solution, leading to our road to recovery.  This information age also redefined the sharing and pay-it-forward aspects of humankind by facilitating their ability to collaborate and problem solve on a global scale.

Hence this too shall pass.

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Yes, I agree... this too shall pass. And, as history shows us, we will recover, restore and return to normalcy. Here's a thought, though... what if each one of us can raise the bar on what's 'normal?' For example, we seem to be much more focused on self-care these days. What if daily self-care routines became part of our new normal? And, I've heard people say how much they've taken 'everyday things' for granted, until now. As a psychotherapist, I have experienced and seen the tremendous benefits of incorporating daily self-care and gratitude practices. I would love to see everyone in this world turn this crisis into a valuable lesson of turning unhealthy physical and emotional habits into healthy new ones. - Tamara Green, LCSW


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Monday, February 24, 2020

DOCTOR SHOPPING 101 - by Sally Kalksma

Original source: https://www.sallykalksma.com/post/doctor-shopping

People will test drive several cars, sample multiple paint colors on their living room wall, even try different hairstylists in a 10-mile radius before finding their perfect match, but people just won’t go through all that research and time to find the right doctor! I just can't understand why some people will take the time to research what type of weed wacker to buy, but then just listen to the first doctor they talk to when they find out they have a serious illness. How does this make any sense? The first vacuum we see could have the worst suction power or shortest cord. We've got to shop around, yes, even for doctors.

The first thing I did when a general oncologist diagnosed me with Multiple Myeloma 12 years ago was research. Research on the type of cancer I had, the different treatment plans available, and who the best Multiple Myeloma specialists in the world were. There is a reason why there is some saying that goes “reading is power”. As a good rule of thumb, it is ideal to get at least three opinions before settling on a doctor and treatment plan.

Having a good rapport with your physician is one of the most important things you can do for your well being. You must trust your doctor, feel comfortable with your doctor and be able to discuss ANYTHING & EVERYTHING with your doctor. You need to choose a doctor that is the right fit for you. This goes for a treatment plan as well as your comfort level too!

I am fortunate enough to live in a metropolitan area and have access to great hospitals. My health is worth driving 1-3 hours to see a good doctor. I made appointments with 2 other oncologists, both Multiple Myeloma specialists and world-renowned in their field. They both worked at different university hospitals but had a very different approach to treating me.

The first specialist wanted to immediately start me on chemotherapy. I know several other fellow warriors who see this doctor. They love and trust him, but I needed another opinion. The second specialist said he was not going to treat me until my levels hit a magic number. He explained I was still in the smoldering stage and he wanted to wait till I hit stage one. He told me I looked beautiful and to continue running & drinking. Bingo, that was the doctor for me! He watched me every 3-6 months. I did not hit that special number and start treatment until 2016. Eight healthy, fun-filled, eventful years later!

Choosing this doctor was one of the most important and smartest decisions I have ever made. I couldn’t imagine what my life would be like if I started treatment in 2008 since my husband was diagnosed with an aggressive type of cancer 6 months after my diagnosis. He underwent a lot of treatment before passing away 8 months later.

I look forward to seeing my doctor. And like all of his patients in the waiting room, we don’t mind the wait to see him. No one complains. He’s that good! Even my friends and family members who occasionally accompany me also enjoy his bedside manner.

Your doctor is not the only person you should bond with. It’s important to get to know everyone on your healthcare team. Everyone has an important roll in your life. Learn what their job is, and do everything to help make it easier for them. You’re not their only patient.

You have a job too: you are your own advocate. Do not rely on someone else to schedule that appointment or forward the referral. You do it. And keep good notes because your insurance company needs that very important number you were told for that MRI scheduled at that facility on that date by that doctor! Remember what I just wrote earlier, “you’re not their only patient”.

Here’s one more bit of advice when getting opinions and follow up appointments..... Plan accordingly. Plan time for traffic, parking, then sitting around in a waiting room. Why do you think they call it a waiting room? Duh! Bring a book, tablet, pillow. Or play “I spy with my little eyes”, a favorite game of mine on long car rides.

Speaking of cars again, If you are ever faced with a serious illness, which I hope you’re not, then get in the driver’s seat and take control! Read, research and try your best to enjoy the ride!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR -


SALLY KALKSMA was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2008. A year later, her husband passed from cancer. She took her stress out on the stairs at work during lunch. The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation heard about this and invited her to participate in the Empire State Building Run Up to raise awareness and funds for the MMRF. Within 5 years of competitive stair climbing, Sally became ranked 20th overall in the world and 5th overall in the nation by the World Tower Running Association. In 2016, she started treatment for Multiple Myeloma, and underwent an autologous stem cell transplant in 2017. Four months after her transplant, she ran a 5 mile race, and then competed in a stair climb. Today, Sally enjoys encouraging others going through adversity as a  cancer patient advocate,  a motivational speaker and an educational writer.  She was recently awarded a membership to the NY Cancer Resource Alliance and is now a content contributor for NYCRA NEWS.  For more information on Sally, visit: https://www.sallykalksma.com/

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A Message to all fellow Cancer Survivors: “GET CHECKED AGAIN!”











A SECOND OPINION MEANS PEACE OF MIND
By: Arnaldo Silva
Edited by: NYCRA writing staff

I am writing this to all my brothers at the MBCC and all cancer survivors hoping to share the benefits of my recent health scare experience with you.

About six months ago, I found a pressured lump on my right side and my belly grew bloated like a rock. I have seen several doctors from my plan including a gastroenterologist who (I felt) undermined what I was feeling by sending me off with pills just to make me comfortable. Over time, I began to notice the lump on my right side had grown to the size of a mango. Peggy (Miller) and Cheri (Ambrose), our fearless leaders found cause for concern - enough to scramble to get more information and an appointment with cancer imaging specialist Dr. Robert Bard.

I wish to note that as a survivor of breast cancer, the stress of recurrence was overwhelming. I didn't make a fuss publicly about it partly because after breast cancer, I was told I was cancer free -- even though deep inside I've always felt "there's no such thing as cancer free". I also feared that this new condition may be related somehow.

If I learned something from this entire experience, the “Get Checked Now!” button I got from this year's MBCC conference really pushed the message about staying proactive for prevention and early detection checkups. It also meant staying alert about any possible traces of recurrence. We all need to stay vigilant against illness because cancer has been known to surprise you down the road.

Lennard Gettz of NYCRA (NY Cancer Resource Alliance) joined my case by guiding me to put my medical records together, lining up some possible options and discussing my condition with Dr. Bard and other doctors from the group as far as what my condition could be. He and my other “guardian angels” also explored how to get more specialists involved by switching my medicare from an HMO into a PPO. Cheri introduced me to Bob Wasky or the Wasky Group (NJ), a medicare expert who explained the difference and why I need better coverage than what the system threw at me during my retirement.

GETTING SCANNED
Dr. Bard was recognized by the MBCC as our first clinical advisor. His office in NYC became the first male-friendly breast cancer screening center and is most knowledgeable about men issues pertaining to breast, prostate and other cancers. He set up the “Second Opinion” program which was perfect for me because I had been checked by several doctors but I was not confident about their findings. In fact, between the (weak) coverage I had, I felt I needed to get a more trusted second opinion and a scan.

Dr. Bard was extremely thorough and I found him to be the best man for the job. He didn’t stop at the focus areas; Dr. Bard even scanned my lymph nodes, my bladder, lungs and other areas where cancer might happen. What he found was a benign tumor- what they call a LIPOMA that is not cancer related (whew!) and the bloating may be managed with a certain type of food adjustment. His set of images gave me real peace of mind and a good place to start. On the same day, I took home a copy of the scan which gave me the control I needed to address this further with others if it got worse.

This experience taught me a lot. Being alive today to learn a lesson is a good place to be! I learned to upgrade my insurance plan and how a “good deal” may be so limited when you need it most (especially for someone with a pre-existing condition).  I learned that not all doctors are the same- and settling for the doctors on your plan may not always be enough. Most importantly, I learned to never keep something like this to yourself ever again. Get other people involved, get their opinions and surround yourself with smart people who care.

When it comes to our health, TIME is everything. Like they say at the MTA, if you see something, say something... and don't stop until you're SAFE! (edited by NYCRA writing team)

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Cancer Recurrence Prevention 101

Watch this FREE presentation delivered by Dr. Jesse A. Stoff, Immunology Specialist at the 2019 Male Breast Cancer Coalition Conference. It covers the major fundamentals to reduce your risk of getting cancer or the recurrence of cancer. Seminar Link 


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Monday, April 29, 2019

FROM ADVERTISTY AND EMPATHY- THE LIST WAS BORN!

Autobiography by: Nancy Novack

I was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer on April 29, 2004. It had metastasized into my liver. I was too happily innocent about the cancer world and I said two now-remarkable things: “Thank goodness, it is not appendicitis,” and “What is stage V?”

This is the story of my evolution from a very shocked and frightened cancer patient with a form of cancer that has earned itself a lousy reputation.

My simple and profound wish is that no one will ever go through cancer alone. I want every man, woman, teenager, and child who has to ‘walk the walk’ to have a hand to hold from someone who has been there, who understands the cancer mystery, and who will hang in there when times are tough.
I suppose my mission since my “cancer journey” is all about determining the unmet needs of cancer patients, especially the emotional aspects, and do my best to find a way to fill them. The path started with finding ways to assist patients financially, moved to a call-to-action in the community in which I lived, then the wild and wonderful adventure Nancy’s Club for the kids whose lives were touched with cancer, then my book I Am With You: Love Letters to Cancer Patients with 42 cancer survivors and caregivers for newly-diagnosed patients, and now my newest venture of developing a comprehensive national directory of integrative healing practitioners who offer their services (and their souls) to deepen the healing process.

NANCY'S LIST exists because of the big hearts of so many people who embrace the imperative that we need to stand up to cancer … with boundless love and compassion and inspiration … and take care of the many persons who are living with cancer, these resilient souls who are our true teachers.
I am oftentimes asked what I did that was so unique, so mysterious that I survived a lethal dose of cancer, the silent killer as ovarian cancer is often called. I was extraordinarily fortunate to have an excellent psychologist who worked closely with me to define and refine my personal relationship to my own cancer. I was blessed with a magnificent A-team of friends and family and so many angels that embraced me. For me, the opening of my heart to new loves and old brought forth an attitude of blessed gratitude that I had never known before. When I read and re-read the stories written by cancer survivors on my website, I see the universality of the attitude of gratitude in the process of healing.

What really healed me? Trust.

My relationship with my Stanford oncologist Dr. Branimir Sikic, his courage, caring, intelligence, and unwavering commitment to get me well. On that very first night, he told me, “Yours is a very bleak diagnosis. It will be a rocky road. But hang in there. I think I can help you. I am with you.” Those words speak to his profound compassion and they define the essence of this man. Those four words are my four favorite words in the world. They sustained me, gave me hope, taught me the inevitable power of human connection in the healing process.

He looked around the room, crowded with my friends and loved ones, and said, “When your loved ones go home tonight and you start to freak out about today, here is my home phone number. Feel free to call me.” I did, at about 2:30 am. Brandy was as gracious and generous in that phone call as he has always been, ever since.

He never dismissed my calls or my fears and, rather, guided me through the next step. Even when he was in his hometown in Croatia, he made the critical decisions about my treatment. When the oncology team was considering a liver transplant, he weighed in daily with his directives. No surgery because of Brandy. We did not do the transplant. And all is well.

Few doctors have said to their patients what Brandy once said to me. I wish they would. “This is very tough. I am giving you very aggressive treatments. If you are on antidepressants, double them. If you are not on them, get on them. And find yourself a solid psychologist, preferably someone who has been through cancer.”

Brandy made it possible for me to really trust — in him, the healing process, the world.
During my 21 long aggressive chemo sessions, I invited fellow cancer patients to tell me their stories. (I am a psychologist … I like to talk). They shared feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. They suffered intense feelings of isolation, distrust, anger, and profound sadness. They worried the very most about money … about bankruptcy, the lack of funds to cover the enormous medical expenses and their medications.


I was profoundly troubled that these kindred souls were experiencing so much fear and anxiety about their finances. How would that reality affect the possibility of their recovery? I vowed to make a difference. I knew that financial assistance was out there somewhere. I was determined to make it accessible. I received my 501 ©(3) non-profit status in 2006 and launched my first website. Nancy’s List was intended to be simply a list of financial resources. My intention was to educate cancer patients and their loved ones and the healing professionals who serve them about the accessibility of these programs.

When I was diagnosed in 2004, I was living in Mill Valley in Marin County, right across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. There was an especially high incidence of breast and prostate cancer in the area. Despite the major efforts to determine the cause and laughing over some very strange speculations (‘The women drink too much white wine’), no one knew why. Families and friends were deeply affected … and in fear. I had many meetings with the cancer care organizations to see what was needed to support those who were living with cancer.

Quite serendipitously, 5 or 6 women independently came to visit with me. Many of their friends had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. These were strong, healthy women in their early 30s. They were yogis, vegans, and soccer moms. Many were quite angry and depressed … they had assumed that they were not vulnerable to cancer since they ate kale every day. I collected the group of very concerned women, cooked them very healthy meals (few with kale), and we brainstormed about what we could do for their friends and for themselves. They called themselves Nancy’s Angels.

I envisioned a Call-to-Action to develop a community partnership to meet the epidemic of cancer that our community was facing. We knew that we could not rely on the healthcare system to focus on the many emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis. We could reach out and support the courage, bravery, and resilience of our neighbors.

Through the Nancy’s List programs, cancer patients and their loved ones found community, strength, courage, pleasure, and healing relationships. There is healing power when one is connected to the larger community, especially when you are experiencing fear, loneliness, isolation, and uncertainty. It means everything to know your neighbors are looking out for you. And it is a very good thing to meet kindred souls along the path.

"It does take a village to handle this crisis and we built a magnificent one."

Another project …I Am With You: Love Letters to Cancer Patients is a powerful book for the newly diagnosed patient, for those who are going through treatment or have entered remission, for loved ones, and for everyone else in the world.

I created the anthology with 42 authors who truly share my vision, my passion, my mission. We bring hope and courage to patients when they need inspiration, when they are feeling the loneliness and fear and anger and loss that go hand in hand with a cancer diagnosis, when they need comfort and a warm heart and a hand to hold. Our book offers connection to kindred spirits who ‘know’.

IAWY is truly a love letter. Our wish is that this offering of hope and healing will sustain cancer patients through those first frightening nights and every night thereafter. This is the spirit in which this anthology was written …  by, and for, amazing cancer patients everywhere.

My latest project … I want cancer patients to have the opportunity to experience healing other than dreadful visits to the infusion rooms, radiation offices, and more. I want to educate patients and healing professionals about the enormous benefits of integrative healing services AND the accessibility of these therapies.

I am creating a national directory of cancer centers and practitioners who complement traditional cancer treatments. I am especially interested in adding more psycho-oncologists, marriage and family therapists, trauma and EMDR specialists, massage therapists, practitioners who work with clients in the dying process (as well as dealing with anger, grief and loss), creative modalities (drumming, art, dance, writing, etc.), pampering, nutrition, fitness … just about everyone who serves those who are living with cancer.

I invite you to participate in the Nancy’s List community.


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