Victorious Val & the Breast Cancer Crusaders

Victorious Val & the Breast Cancer Crusaders

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My sister-in-law was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and she & my brother have not been super comfortable with the oncologist and breast surgeon they were referred to at the Comprehensive Cancer Ctr (referred by their primary physician) ... we looking for some other recommended options!
Does anyone here have any recommendations I can pass on to her?
Hey guys. I was diagnosed with ductile carcinoma in January. I was then diagnosed with chronic Myeloid Leukemia in March when I went in for my lumpectomy. I just got to finally have the lumpectomy on April 2. It was stage 1. About a centimeter in diameter. They did a lymph node biopsy at the time of surgery. The results came back today and there was cancer in the node. My surgeon was shocked that it was there. I’m posting because I was wondering if anyone else here also experienced something like this with cancer in their lymph nodes as well? I have an appt with an oncologist next week. I know she will schedule a pet scan. It scares me to find out what else I might have at this point.
Hello ... I was diagnosed with double breast cancer in 2014 ... I had a double mastectomy and did the reconstruction .... I've noticed the past few months that my right implant has gotten so hard .. it seems to be higher up and even harder under my arm. .. my left breast still seems to be fine ... has anyone else experienced this??
Has anyone had fat grafting? Is so what area did they take from. How do you feel about it now?
Today is # GivingTuesday, as you know that the quality of a person diagnosed with cancer will die quicker if their quality of life suffer.. Today Facebook will match all donations to our organization. All donations stay within our community. ThankU for helping me make a difference at the community level.

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Was wondering how many in remission 5+ years still have days where your joints, bones and bodies just hurt? Have no energy? I have been off arimidex for a couple months now.
Good morning everyone. I just wanted to share my story, Oct. 1, 2012 a co-worker walks in with bright pink shoes on. 🚶‍♂️ I commented on them and he told me that he wears them every October to honor his mom who's a breast cancer survivor. 🌸 That conversation reminded me to schedule my mammogram. After a mammogram and biopsy, received the news that I had breast cancer the day before Thanksgiving 2012. 🦃 Lumpectomy, radiation and hormone therapy, 6 years later I'm a survivor. Now I wear bright pink shoes in October and so far three people have told me it reminded them to schedule their mammograms. Regardless of your personal feelings about the various non-profits out there, pink works for awareness. Continue to check yourselves and encourage others to be proactive about their breast health!
Hi Val. I have a question for everyone. After 5 years of Arimidex, my doctor has said I am done with the treatment. Has anyone experienced side effects, either positive or negative. Seems like I have had more bone pain since stopping..Thanks
One of my colleagues was just diagnosed. I’m looking for financial resources in MO. I’ve referred her to Gateway to Hope, The Pink Foundation, and Cleaning for a Reason. Does anyone have any other resources?? Right now, she’s too overwhelmed to join a support group page but you all were so kind when my mom had breast cancer that I know someone will have some ideas!

Thanks in advance! 🙂
Wanted to share some pictures. This was my trip to Alaska. It was amazing. Did so many new things. Can't wait to go back!
Your love story is on TLC tonight, right now !
Yesssss..#year6

Victorious Val™ & the Breast Cancer Crusaders -- a community of encouragement and kindness for survivors, co-survivors and supporters A community of encouragement and kindness for survivors, co-survivors and supporters.

Visit our companion blog at www.thebreastcancercrusaders.com for inspiring stories from real survivors. For more info on Val, visit www.victoriousval.com.

12/25/2021

One wild year, my friends, but I’m still standing. Merry Christmas to all of you. You’ve been such blessings to me over the years. ❤️

One wild year, my friends, but I’m still standing. Merry Christmas to all of you. You’ve been such blessings to me over the years. ❤️

11/05/2021

What hormone blocker (if applicable) do/did you take after treatment? How was it?

11/02/2021

On a scale of 1-10, 1 being low and 10 being through the roof, where is your cancer anxiety?

What to Say to a Friend or Family Member With Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) 10/29/2021

What to Say to a Friend or Family Member With Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC)

Crusaders, what would you like to add to this?

What to Say to a Friend or Family Member With Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) Many people don’t know the right words when faced with serious illness and even the well-meaning don’t always get it right. Here are some things we should try to avoid saying to someone with MBC.

10/03/2021

How many people noticed after a cancer diagnosis and/or treatment, that you developed some form of anxiety or PTSD? What’s it been like for you?

These Giant B***s Are Protesting Outside Facebook's London Office 09/12/2021

These Giant B***s Are Protesting Outside Facebook's London Office

Facebook’s algorithms sometimes mistakenly flag mastectomy photos as inappropriate. These protesters in the UK are tired of it.

These Giant B***s Are Protesting Outside Facebook's London Office Protesters are wearing inflatable breasts – with an important message about ni**le censorship.

09/11/2021

I watched the towers fall on live TV in our school library. It never crossed my mind that they’d actually come down. I remember watching TV all night every night hoping people would be found alive. Where were you?

I’ll never forget the people who were working in the buildings or were passengers on the airlines. And I’ll never forget the responders who perished going in to rescue them.

I watched the towers fall on live TV in our school library. It never crossed my mind that they’d actually come down. I remember watching TV all night every night hoping people would be found alive. Where were you?

I’ll never forget the people who were working in the buildings or were passengers on the airlines. And I’ll never forget the responders who perished going in to rescue them.

09/10/2021

During treatment people message saying “if I can help you, please let me know.” We all know that as patients, especially with the overwhelming stuff that goes along with it, we usually don’t reach back out because it’s too exhausting to even coordinate (or it just feels awkward). People legitimately want to help but it can be hard to determine how. In this post, list some practical things a friend or co-worker could specifically volunteer. Often, people generally just don’t know what would be helpful.

08/30/2021

We know that cancer can cause a host of lifelong issues, but what is something that has come from it that you’d consider positive or good?

08/29/2021

Who has tattoos after breast cancer? Drop some pics below.

08/17/2021

How’d you handle delivering the news of your cancer diagnosis to friends and family?

08/14/2021

Hey everyone! Just an update. I’ve been healing great from the mastectomy and flat closure, but when my pathology came back we got a little surprise - or a big one, however you wanna look at it. Doug was in five areas of my breast versus one, he invaded my ni**le, and he metastasized to my skin. Skin involvement is not that common, and very serious, so we are taking every possible step to eradicate him. Radiation twice a day. Lupron shots and Letrozole to come next week. To say I am shocked is an understatement. My team is also super surprised because Doug seemed “well-behaved” in 2011 if ever that is such a thing. I had a really great 10 year run in remission, and I am doing everything I can to beat Doug back into submission for another 10 years at least. Love you guys.

Hey everyone! Just an update. I’ve been healing great from the mastectomy and flat closure, but when my pathology came back we got a little surprise - or a big one, however you wanna look at it. Doug was in five areas of my breast versus one, he invaded my ni**le, and he metastasized to my skin. Skin involvement is not that common, and very serious, so we are taking every possible step to eradicate him. Radiation twice a day. Lupron shots and Letrozole to come next week. To say I am shocked is an understatement. My team is also super surprised because Doug seemed “well-behaved” in 2011 if ever that is such a thing. I had a really great 10 year run in remission, and I am doing everything I can to beat Doug back into submission for another 10 years at least. Love you guys.

08/06/2021

How did you discover your cancer?

Nightbirde Withdraws From'AGT' Amid Breast Cancer Battle 08/03/2021

Nightbirde Withdraws From'AGT' Amid Breast Cancer Battle

If you’re following Nightbirde’s story.

Nightbirde Withdraws From'AGT' Amid Breast Cancer Battle Nightbirde will no longer be competing on 'America's Got Talent' due to her declining health as she battles breast cancer.

07/28/2021

What’s the one thing you wish someone would have told you before you got your mastectomy. Feel free to “keep it real.” I’m a huge proponent of keeping it real. ❤️

07/25/2021

For our survivor and thriver followers, drop your diagnosis date(s) below. I’ve missed you, and it’s been great seeing your comments on the page!

Olivia Newton-John Is Turning to Plant-Based Diet to Fight Cancer 07/24/2021

Olivia Newton-John Is Turning to Plant-Based Diet to Fight Cancer

I’ve been vegan for 5.5 years. I think plants are solid. There are a lot of health benefits from skipping animal products. Not just on the cancer front, but in general. I don’t regret that decision for a minute. But even if you don’t give up animal products all the way, add more fruits and veggies, always!

Olivia Newton-John Is Turning to Plant-Based Diet to Fight Cancer Grease star Olivia Newton-John is trying new approaches to battling cancer, including switching to a plant-based diet.

Photos from Victorious Val & the Breast Cancer Crusaders's post 07/23/2021

I thought I’d check in since a few of you were asking how I was doing since my mastectomy and flat closure. I’m 9 days out from surgery, my drains are gone, and I’m recovering. It’s a slow process, and as you know, it comes with a lot of adjustment. I feel very blessed to be where I’m at right now, but I don’t have a lot of details about my treatment plan yet. For those of you who are survivors, you know that breast cancer is not a pretty pink ribbon. I’m really pleased with how my healing has turned out so far. I got a very clean and neat appearance with my flat closure and I’ll call that a win. Thank you for thinking of me, and I hope to see you guys again very soon.

07/16/2021

After my bilateral mastectomy yesterday, I chose Aesthetic Flat Closure vs implants or DIEP. I’m so over cancer that I just wanted a simple finish. 10 years ago with my first diagnosis in 2011, I would have never considered going flat, but things change. I haven’t actually seen the results yet. Tomorrow when I see it for the first time, I’m sure I’ll have all kinds of emotions. But I made the best decision for me, and now I’m just putting one foot in front of the other.

Doug has been evicted - again.

Love you guys,
Victorious Val

After my bilateral mastectomy yesterday, I chose Aesthetic Flat Closure vs implants or DIEP. I’m so over cancer that I just wanted a simple finish. 10 years ago with my first diagnosis in 2011, I would have never considered going flat, but things change. I haven’t actually seen the results yet. Tomorrow when I see it for the first time, I’m sure I’ll have all kinds of emotions. But I made the best decision for me, and now I’m just putting one foot in front of the other.

Doug has been evicted - again.

Love you guys,
Victorious Val

07/13/2021

Thanks for all the sweet messages yesterday, everyone. I felt the love. For those of you who don’t know, I named this cancer Doug in 2011 because I got tired of saying “cancer, cancer, cancer.” He’s been sneaking around for the last 10 years. What a jerk. The PG version, I guess, is that I’m giving Doug a butt whoopin’ tomorrow afternoon. I’ll check in with you guys on the flip side.

07/12/2021

It’s been a while since I’ve been on this page. We’ve had so many life changes in the past year or so requiring devoted attention and I have redirected a lot of my time because of it. Unfortunately, I learned two weeks ago that my cancer has recurred. Fortunately, it has not spread and is residing in my breast. To say it is a shock is an understatement. I will be undergoing surgery in two days. Even though I have not been on the page consistently, you all have meant so much to me that I wanted to share this news with you. ❤️

01/12/2021

From Diane:

My mom and I were both diagnosed with breast cancer a year apart 8 yrs ago. I had DNA testing when it first happened and it came back negative. Nov. 4th I had more genetic testing and got the results back today. Again, it came back negative except for something called "variance of unknown significance.” Has anyone else had genetic testing done and gotten those results? My doctor did not contact me, so I'm thinking it's not that important.

From Diane:

My mom and I were both diagnosed with breast cancer a year apart 8 yrs ago. I had DNA testing when it first happened and it came back negative. Nov. 4th I had more genetic testing and got the results back today. Again, it came back negative except for something called "variance of unknown significance.” Has anyone else had genetic testing done and gotten those results? My doctor did not contact me, so I'm thinking it's not that important.

Photos from Victorious Val & the Breast Cancer Crusaders's post 12/12/2020

One safe thing we can do is go mobile. My dad is fishing with my husband, Jack. My mom and I sit around and laugh. Jack takes care of us all. Social distancing since March 14 - ugh - we all get stir crazy, but family is everything. My mom is still hanging in there with her metastatic cancer, so we have a lot to be thankful for.

11/20/2020

Thanksgiving plans. Got any?

11/17/2020

On a scale of 1-10 (1 being the worst), where would you put yourself on the “COVID Blues” scale?

11/14/2020

Anybody got any insight for Melanie Daly Physique Pro?

11/14/2020

How do you think COVID is going to affect the numbers of breast cancers we’ll see over the coming years?

11/04/2020

This Is What Losing A Loved One To Cancer Looks Like

Wow. This is intense.

11/03/2020

Go like their page for a chance to win! Love these guys!

We are giving away a $100 gift card to Uber Eats for ANYONE who has liked our page, commented below and shared this post (you must make your share “public” so we are able to see who shared for the contest). We’ll pick a winner next Monday, 11/9. Just our way of saying thank you! ❤️

10/31/2020

Nine years ago today, I was diagnosed with cancer. Man, I’ve changed.

Nine years ago today, I was diagnosed with cancer. Man, I’ve changed.

10/30/2020

What year are you in since diagnosis? And at this point in the journey (for lack of a better word), how do you feel about the month of October?

I’m in year #9 now.

Ginny Clements, diagnosed at 15 with breast cancer, donates $8.5M to UA center 10/30/2020

Ginny Clements, diagnosed at 15 with breast cancer, donates $8.5M to UA center

Wow. 💥 What a story! This is worth reading. Please give it a like if you read. It helps me determine your article interest.

Ginny Clements, diagnosed at 15 with breast cancer, donates $8.5M to UA center The money will be used by the University of Arizona Cancer Center to strengthen the center's breast cancer patient care and research programs.

They survived breast cancer. Now they’re baring their scars — and their souls 10/27/2020

They survived breast cancer. Now they’re baring their scars — and their souls

I know you can relate.

They survived breast cancer. Now they’re baring their scars — and their souls As part of Stella McCartney’s annual campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, acclaimed photojournalist Lynsey Addario took powerful, inspiring portraits of 12 breast cancer survivors.

10/25/2020

2020 has been a bo**er. Tell me something good that’s happened in your life.

10/24/2020

What show are you watching on Netflix, Hulu or Prime? I recommend Wentworth on Netflix.

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