Rowing on the radio

[Rowing on the lovely Chicago River. WBEZ photo by Kyle Weaver]

Our Recovery on Water rowing team was featured on Chicago Public Radio today. Listen here.

The Trib wrote about us earlier this week.

[Tribune photo by Terrence James]


Rachel (Cha Ching Queen) said...

Just wanted to say hi to fellow cancer survivors. I just celebrated 1 year since my breast cancer diagnosis. At just 31 and a mom with 2 small kids it was definitely unexpected to find out I had breast cancer. I made it through a tough year and now that I’m feeling better I just wanted to get the word out and help as many as possible. It’s so important for young people to be their own advocates. 3 different doctors thought I had a cyst, but I persisted, and luckily it was caught early. I still had to have a bilateral mastectomy and chemo.

I blogged and vlogged (made YouTube videos) during and after my surgeries and treatment. If you know of anyone going through breast cancer please send them my way if they have any questions or just want to chat.

In honor of Breast Cancer month I have a giveaway on my blog. Yoplait and Susan G Komen put together a nice gift pack of VIP coupons for FREE Yoplait Greek Yogurt, a pink leather journal and pen, and an awareness charm bracelet.
In addition, Yoplait will make a $25 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® on behalf of the winner.

Have a nice day,
Rachel (Cha Ching Queen)

Richard said...

To fight the ache produced by the cancer I found in findrxonline two very effective medicines: vicodin and hydrocodone.

Cancer Bitch said...

Thanks, Rachel, for saying hi. I've heard too many stories like this--docs who said it was nothing, and patients who had to persevere. It's great that you persisted.
C. Bitch

Zola Dex said...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Of course, when you have metastatic breast cancer, every month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month....

Millions of people around the world are participating in various breast cancer awareness activities this month. Many of these events involve walking, running or biking for "The Cure."

This year, I am participating in a new campaign dedicated exclusively to raising awareness about metastatic breast cancer. It's called the "The Virtual Rally in Support of Progression-Free Survival."

There is no cure for metastatic breast cancer aka advanced breast cancer or Stage IV.

We rarely hear about the 150,000 U.S. women dealing with it. In October, it seems the spotlight is almost exclusively on women who "beat" cancer--not the "metser" who is losing her hair for the third time, or the one struggling with chronic constipation or the one who knows she won't see her daughter graduate from grade school.

We want people to know that:
>Metastasis refers to the spread of cancer to different parts of the body, typically the bones, liver and lungs.

>Treatment is lifelong and focuses on control and quality of life vs. curative intent.

>About 6% to 10% of women are Stage IV from their initial diagnosis.

>Early detection is not a cure. Metastatic breast cancer can occur ANY time after a woman's original diagnosis, EVEN if she was initially Stage I, II or III.

>Only women with Stage 0 (noninvasive breast cancer) aren't considered to be at risk for metastatic breast cancer.

>Between 20% to 30% of women initially diagnosed with regional stage disease WILL develop metastatic breast cancer.

>Young women DO get metastatic breast cancer.

> There are many different kinds of metastatic breast cancer.

>Treatment choices for MBC are guided by hormone (ER/PR) and HER2 receptor status, location and extent of metastasis (visceral vs. nonvisceral), previous treatment and other factors.

>Any breast lump, thickness or skin abnormality should be checked out. With inflammatory breast cancer, there's no lump-the breast can be red and/or itchy and the skin may have an orange-peel like appearance.

>Women shouldn't use the recent mammogram controversy to postpone their first mammogram or delay a regularly scheduled exam, especially if they have a family history.

>Mammograms can't detect all cancers. Trust your instinct. If something feels "off" insist on further diagnostic testing.

>Metastatic breast cancer isn't an automatic death sentence-although most women will ultimately die of their disease, some can live long and productive lives.

>There are no hard and fast prognostic statistics for metastatic breast cancer. Every woman's situation is unique.

There are many excellent online metastatic breast cancer resources. Examples include and

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Zola. I think Elizabeth Edwards has helped people see that you can live with mets. Locally, Maggie Daley also, though she's shied away from the limelight. I wish you well. What I find amazing is that in Katherine Russell Rich's The Red Devil, her bones are *cracking* before the end of the book, and now she has another book 10 years later about how she spent a year in India. It is possible to keep going!
Best wishes to you.
C. Bitch

Zoe Mehta said...

I know some people going on eight or maybe 10 years with mets.

Katherine Russell Rich is an anomaly. I don't believe me or my fellow metsers will live that long.

As you know, breast cancer isn't one disease, but hundreds of them. As it turns out, Rich and I don't have the same variety.

Rich had a bone marrow transplant which is no longer done because in general, it didn't work. She then tried a hormone treatment seldom used since the 1960s.
"In a turn that still seems impossible, the cancer, for no good reason, retreated and lay down, where it has pretty much remained," writes Rich. "Every so often it snarls and raises its head, and we switch treatments."

Hmmmm...can you imagine a decade of chemo?

Can you imagine being in a wheelchair as Maggie Daley was because of her leg mets?

Earlier this year, it was reported that both Mrs. Edwards and Mrs. Daley now have liver and lung mets. I don't think they will be going to India soon.

But hey, on the positive side, looks like we are ALL eligible for free yogurt!

Anonymous said...

There is so much pain associated with bone mets - bones are very sensitive and even in the healing, they hurt. To move in the morning - every morning - I have to get up hours before I have to be to work so that the meds can kick in so I CAN move. I have revamped many things in my house to accomodate my certain to get worse condition. A different vehicle as I couldn't drive my truck anymore. Many things. And I have it pretty easy for a stage IV.

Cancer Bitch said...

Dear anonymous,
It sounds so terrible and you sound very strong to keep going (working and driving). It is not a sweet pink disease. It is a real disease that some people just have until surgery/treatment, and others have forever. You are in my thoughts.
C. Bitch

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