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Register Now for the PBCC’s FREE Lymphedema Webinar

Posted By on December 15th, 2015 at 8:25 am | 0 comments.

lymphedema-for-plThe PA Breast Cancer Coalition will offer a free webinar, “Understanding and Treating Lymphedema After Breast CancerTuesday, January 19 at 7:00pm. Dr. Linda Miller, of the Breast Cancer Rehabilitation and Therapy Center will discuss lymphedema, a big concern for many breast cancer survivors, and its risk factors.

In this webinar, you will be given an overview of the condition as well as treatment options.  Dr. Miller will also share lymphedema resources.  You don’t want to miss it!

This activity has been submitted to the Oncology Nursing Society for approval to award contact hours. ONS is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA.

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90-Year-Old Survivor Finds the “5 Important Things”

Posted By on December 15th, 2015 at 8:24 am | 0 comments.

Audrey-Marschka-edited-for-PLAudrey Marschka, Lancaster County

Going through having breast cancer made me stop and think about the important things. I came up with five: faith, family, friends, food, and flowers.

In December 2000 I went for my regular six-month checkup. At first the doctor thought what was discovered on my breast was a cyst. But being a nurse, I knew when they kept pausing that something was wrong. It was stage 4 breast cancer. It was suggested that I could wait a few months but I didn’t want to do that. Fortunately, we found a surgeon who was willing to do it right away. I was 75 years old at the time of diagnosis and the chemo and radiation really knocked the pep out of me.

I believe my faith got me through. It’s become more and more important as I’ve gotten older. My husband Dave and I have been members of the Grandview United Methodist Church for 60 years. Recently the Sunday school children presented us with roses to commemorate that. Family is, of course, the other thing I relied on, especially Dave and our children. We have three sons, one daughter, seven grandchildren and five great-granddaughters.

It’s important to have friends and no matter where you go you can meet more, when you travel, when you volunteer, in the neighborhood, and at church. We moved into a retirement village two years ago and we’ve made more friends here. One day a lady asked me if I was always happy. I had never really thought about it but I had to say “Yes, I guess I am. It helps.”

As far as food and flowers, my mother taught me about nutrition. I knew all about it before the exam in nursing school. I still eat five to six servings of fruit and vegetables every day. It’s easy if you think about it. And flowers … oh my gosh what would I do without my garden and my sunporch!

Another thing that helped that first year was listening to good music. I like opera and classical music and jazz.

Five years ago, Dave and I got a book about tai chi and we practice that every day for 15-20 minutes and we use a stationary bike. I really believe in tai chi and it helps a lot with balance. Cancer can do a lot of things but it can’t take everything away from you either, especially those five most important things.

Treatment and Recovery Shirts Offer Comfort for Breast Cancer Patients

Posted By on December 15th, 2015 at 8:24 am | 0 comments.

heal-in-comfort-shirt-for-PLThe healincomfort® recovery shirt eases patient recovery from painful upper body surgeries including mastectomy, lumpectomy, and reconstruction. The shirt will prove helpful for your post op recovery, doctor visits, radiation, chemo, sleeping and daywear. Made from a soft fabric with Velcro-like fasteners, the shirt design includes an inside pocket to hold drains and provides a way to heal in comfort and dignity. Shop for the shirt and related items at www.healincomfort.com

Lancaster Newspapers Goes Pink, Raises Thousands for PA Survivors

Posted By on December 15th, 2015 at 8:23 am | 0 comments.

LNP-for-PlLNP (Lancaster Newspapers) washed the pages of its October 25th Sunday News edition in “pink in pursuit of a cure”, and featured an interview with PA Breast Cancer Coalition President and Founder Pat Halpin-Murphy on the front page! The pink initiative went much further than simply transforming the color of its pages—it was all to help bring awareness to National Breast Cancer Awareness month, honor and memorialize breast cancer survivors and those who have lost their battle, and recognize the health care providers and advocates who empower and embrace the cause. PBCC Board Member and Vice President for the South Central Region, Alice Sanders, was also featured in a spotlight interview in the Living Section.
In addition, these pink pages generated a donation of over $17,000 for the PBCC—all from ad sales that chose to go “pink” for a day! The LNP Pink Edition was a historic and meaningful initiative that was a huge success in its first year. Thank you to Barbara Hough Roda, LNP Executive Editor and everyone who sponsored an ad in this special edition!

Breaking News: PBCC to Testify in Support of Breast Cancer Screening Insurance Coverage

Posted By on November 16th, 2015 at 1:16 pm | 0 comments.

patheadshotforplBy Pat Halpin-Murphy, President & Founder

This Wednesday, we have the opportunity to make a real difference for women in Pennsylvania, but we cannot do it without your help. The PA Breast Cancer Coalition will testify Wednesday, November 18 at 10:00am before of the PA Senate Banking and Insurance Committee in support of Senate Bill 842 which requires insurance coverage of breast cancer screenings including ultrasounds and MRIs. We need YOU to be there. Wear pink and bring a friend!

Why is this so important? Ultrasounds and MRIs can provide an early, more treatable diagnosis and a less-toxic treatment for women with breast cancer. How? For women at an increased risk for breast cancer, particularly women with dense breast tissue, mammograms may not be enough to find tumors. They may need additional screenings such as ultrasounds and MRIs which reveal cancers that mammograms do not show.

The problem is – those tests are not affordable for many women even though they are insured. We know because you’ve been emailing and calling us to solve this issue. We hear you!

Now, let’s do something about it together. Join us for the state Senate hearing Wednesday at 10:00am in Hearing Room 1 of the State Capitol’s North Office Building in Harrisburg.

Be there. Be a part of history with us, again!

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Montgomery County survivor “Changed by Chance”

Posted By on November 16th, 2015 at 1:15 pm | 0 comments.

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Elizabeth (Liz) Barker, Montgomery County

I had a 17-month-old son and was six months pregnant when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was 34 years old, had no family history and was in very good health. Doctors recommended that I abort the pregnancy to “save myself.” They said my child would be slow and small because of exposure to chemotherapy. That child is now 25 years old, has always been a varsity athlete, and is currently on full scholarship to get his Ph.D. in neuroscience.

That breast cancer diagnosis came at a time when I felt broken inside.  A year before that I had lost my little girl Lauren who was only three years old. Lauren was born with Down’s syndrome and had significant health issues. She spent her first five months in the hospital, and then came home with a tracheostomy and a tube in her stomach to eat. Within five years I had been pregnant three times, and felt like I’d spent five years in unrelenting stress.

I credit my longevity to two things: an extremely positive outlook and keeping active and healthy through yoga. After completing traditional medical treatments I saw a homeopathic physician who gave me a regimen of herbs to cleanse out the toxins from chemo. He also practices astrology and every year I went to him for a reading. Year after year he would say that when the time was right, I’d be sharing my story and be in the public eye. The year that would have been Lauren’s 25th birthday, I did a fundraiser in her memory for the Arc Alliance, a nonprofit focused on people with special needs. It filled me with love and energy, and I said now it’s time. I pledged to start exercising and to write a book about my experiences. “Changed by Chance” took two years to complete and was published this September.

As Irving Berlin said, “Life is 10% how you make it and 90% how you take it.” When you’re faced with adversity, I say practice the three R’s: Recognize:  whatever you’re facing and own it; Reflect: become educated to understand your options; and React: take action and move forward based on that research.

Friends Are By Your Side Offers Free Wigs, Salon Services to Cancer Patients

Posted By on November 16th, 2015 at 1:15 pm | 0 comments.

friends-are-by-your-sideFriends Are By Your Side is a nonprofit organization, uniting salon owners who share the mission to help women and children going through cancer treatment. Stylists and beauty industry experts donate wigs and salon services. The website lists salons across the country (and beyond!) participating in the program, including 20 salons in Pennsylvania.
Click here for more information.

Pink Zone at Penn State Free Survivor Registration Now Open!

Posted By on November 16th, 2015 at 1:15 pm | 0 comments.

PinkZone2Want to spend the day with more than 700 Pennsylvania breast cancer survivors? Register now for Pink Zone at Penn State on Sunday, January 17 at the Bryce Jordan Center. Survivors attend the game for free along with 3 free tickets for friends and family. Don’t miss this empowering and FUN Lady Lion basketball game that supports breast cancer organizations including the PA Breast Cancer Coalition! Want to go?

Get your Pink Zone t-shirts here, and visit the Pink Zone website for all of the details, including free transportation sponsored by Fullington Trailways!

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