File for A Cure! Pendaflex Supports Breast Cancer Research

Published Tuesday, September 28, 2010 4:45 PM

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# AMHeijnen said on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 4:22 PM

Many of my family and girl friends or coworkers have experienced breast cancer.  The worst of them so far, my mother.  She passed away 3 years ago and I was devistated when she told us 5 years after her diagnosis that she had stage IV breast cancer.  She hated and did not preform regular mamograms and was completely against early treatment.  I believe strongly that she would have still been with us today had she done so.  Two of my girlfriends have had breast cancer and it has been over 7 years that after treatments that they have been in great health.  My cousin was diagnosised with breast cancer has been free from it and still finds some lumps but continues with any needed treatement--over 6 years ago.  Lastly and worse case though it seems to run in my family I know of a woman who had a mom die from breast cancer and two sisters that were found and treated for breast cancer and she acted sooner than later due to her immediate family and had both her breast removed since it was apparrent that she would also get breast cancer.  

I myself due to family being founded with breast cancer feel it is very important for me to review myself as well as get my yearly mamograms even though there is controversy on this procedure, I will continue to do what I hope and pray will prevent me from getting or at least detecting early enough to get treatment as needed.  

I will always give to breast cancer runs and walks since I feel very strongly for the cause.  God bless and watch over those women and men who have it and allow them a full recovery.

# fluffytez said on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 4:31 PM

Stress is a huge component in my life being a single mom, working full time, along with going back to school. My one daily goal is to maintain my stress levels with overdoses of love. I finally make it home and there are my wonderful children, who can't wait to give hugs, kisses, and laughter. While I am still trying very hard to maintain other healthy aspects of my life by eating right and exercising, the love and happiness that I share with my children help to greatly reduce the stress I feel at times and know that it's all worth it.

# ceoof6 said on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 6:11 PM

Watching loved ones through their journeys with breast cancer is an eye opening thing.  They are so strong and positive which is motivating.  One of my friends who is a survivor, has gone on to spread the word about how she made it through via public speaking and raising awareness.  It's definitely a cause I love to help with when I can.

Balancing work, kids, husband, schedules, etc. is a stressful thing for anyone.  I try to do things for myself but have also realized that spending quality time with those I love is very rewarding and relaxing.  I am working to try and fit exercise into my routines and eat better.  It's not easy but I have lots of love and support from my husband and family.

# cmoore395 said on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 6:16 PM

I work in the Nursing Department at a California State University.  One of the most inspiring stories to me is of one of our nursing students.  She found out she had breast cancer in the middle of completing her nursing courses.  She didn't let it get her down, continued in her courses and graduated with her class.  In their class picture, she proudly shows off her head, bald from chemo.  She now is very active with the Young Survival Coalition here in our town.

# 2244Fab said on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 6:33 PM

We have had several woman I work with experience breast cancer.  As I stand back and look at the way they have handled it and the advances in modern treatments through the years I am AMAZED.  There's a long way to go in beating this terrible disease but I feel progress is being made daily.

# maslakc said on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 6:34 PM

I personally have only known a few women who have had breast cancer, but many of my friends and coworkers are always telling me of people they know.  These women have all been very strong in their fight to beat it, to be survivors.  They have showed me that no matter what happens in your life you should never give in or give up.  

# Clara said on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 7:55 PM

My Mom had a 75% removal 40 yrs ago and she is now 83!  My Sister had a partial 8 yrs ago and doing great!  My friend had both breast removed due to cancer 16 yrs ago and doing great!  I joined a Sisters Group, a 10 yr study for Breast Cancer.  We have been fortunate that continual mammos and great physicians help keep my family survivors.  My family honors the month of October every year that continual research is keeping more women alive.

# daisydog said on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 8:39 PM

Ten years ago a good friend had both breasts, uterus and ovaries removed because aof a genetic certainty that she would get a very agressive form of cancer.  Last year she was diagnosed with breast cancer!  It has been remarkable watching her journey back to health - she has been so upbeat, strong and corageous.  Thank you, Pendaflex, for supporting this important cause.

# donnasnook said on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 8:43 PM

My mother had breast cancer late in life, had chemo and radiation and was cancer free afterwards.  Since that time I have had my annual mammograms and about 3 years ago had a scare where I needed to have a biopsy.  Laying on the table waiting for the technician to find the spot makes you think alot about your life.  Luckily they couldn't find anything.  Was probably nothing.  But enough to scare me.  The year after that had to have an ultrasound after my mammo.  

I've had friends and family with breast cancer.  Every year since my mother was diagnosed I walk in the Making Strides walk to raise money to find a cure for this disease so my daughter, sisters, neices, friends can survive and not be stricken with breast cancer.

# BeyondBreasts said on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 8:50 PM

Breast cancer has affected too many of my friends.  I've lost 3 dear friends.  Two died in their early thirties and one in her mid-thirties.  My former boss had a double mastectomy a few years ago, but is doing well now.  Another friend whent through chemo and radiation therapy last year.  Now a young friend (31) has had a double mastectomy and is undergoing chemo.  In addition, I have had many acquaintances with this dreadful disease.  I have annual breast exams, do self-exams, eat a healthy diet and exercise 5 -6 days a week to try to ward off this and other diseases.  I pray for a cure.

# Dena Younker said on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 9:03 PM

#Darlin"

I have had a sister and two friends die from breast cancer.  My baby sister, Melody, was not forty when she died from complications due to her cancer.  She suffered for years, bravely fighting to stay with us through several episodes of being placed on a respirator.  My dear friend, Karen, took her own life after losing a breast to cancer and having that cancer come back.  I believe she would have fought harder had she not taken care of her father when he vainly fought the cancer that took his life.  I am so happy to say that I get my yearly exam and self-exam every month.  I pray to God for a cure that He can bless.

# dataczar said on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 9:03 PM

While I'm lucky that neither I nor anyone in my family has had breast cancer, I have a friend at work who is fighting it for the second time.  Her positive attitude and strength are amazing and an inspiration to me.  I just know she'll get through this, but I still hope for a cure.

# DPETRO612 said on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 9:18 PM

I've had several family members and friends who have had to deal with a breast cancer diagnosis.  The most recent was my daughter-in-law.  She was diagnosed at the age of 29 with a very aggressive and difficult to treat form of breast cancer. She underwent a double mastectomy, and chemo and radiation multiple times. She was a strong and courageous young woman who rarely let her illness get her down.  She lost her battle with breast cancer in March of this year at the age of 32 and we miss her very much.  The loss of my daughter-in-law gave me a new perspective on life. I take much better care of myself, eat healthier and exercise more, and I refuse to let little things stress me out.  Life is too short!  Thanks to Pendaflex for supporting Breast Cancer Research!  There is so much that the doctors still don't know about this disease so there is much more work that needs to be done.  I hope that someday there will be a cure.

# davismj2 said on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 9:25 PM

I have 3 maternal aunts with breast cancer.  It has taught me to really be diligent monitoring my health.  I reduce stress by not owning other people's problems. They made the mess in their life, it is theirs to take care of. The less I know about other peoples business the fewer balls I need to juggle = less stress for me.

# L0ngl3gs said on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 9:36 PM

I am in awe of many of my co-workers that are dealing with themselves and/or a family member with breast cancer.  A woman I am close to and have known for 15+ years only found the cancer after she went in to have reduction surgery.  She did the yearly exams and it was not found.  I feel so blessed to still have her friendship.  I scrapbook for stress release.

# katherinekaren said on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 10:18 PM

Breast cancer has affected both of my sisters and myself. I was diagnosed with Padgett's diease back in 1984/85. It was the most painful experience in that it's an external type of cancer that was a seeping / itching pain. It did, by a miracle of The Lord, clear up. My oldest sister has now been cancer free for 10 years - but during her intensive chemo treatments, the doctors had told us she would not make it to Christmas, 1999. Again, our family was blessed with her response to prayers and treatments. My youngest sister then had a beign lump removed in 2001 and I had a cyst aspiration in 2003. I now find myself with another lump and am currently scheduling mammograms and ultrasounds for further diagnosis. After having suffered a "warning sign" heart attach 3 years ago, I've learned to not that a lot of "issues" at work personnally and let a lot more roll off my back. Housework - well lets just say, my house looks lived in, no longer a showcase in case someone stops in. I've learned to live in the moment and enjoy those moments because you just don't know. I support all the breast cancer awareness events and pray that someday there will be a cure.

# hsmurray said on Thursday, September 30, 2010 12:05 AM

Cancer runs in my family: Maternal grandmother - breat cancer; paternal grandmother - colan cancer; mother - lung cancer; father - bone marrow cancer; uncle - luekemia.  I make sure that I do self breat exams & have my annual mammogram.  I try to take care of myself to ward off any one of these cancers invading my body, but if one does I will fight!

# jriojas said on Thursday, September 30, 2010 12:38 AM

I have not personally been affected by breast cancer, but several close coworkers and a close friend have.  I've watched them go thru the treatments and admired their courage and strength.  Although breast cancer does not run in our family, that does not mean it couldn't happen to me or to my sisters or cousins, etc.  I try to keep fit and be there for others.

# Caroline Clark said on Thursday, September 30, 2010 3:23 AM

My mother had breast cancer and also my father had breast cancer.  Yes, men get breast cancer also - so remind your husband, father, brother, any special man in your life to check his breasts for lumps.  My sister-in-law recently had breast cancer and I needed to have to breast biopsies myself, but thankfully I did not have cancer.

# Melany said on Thursday, September 30, 2010 12:37 PM

My mother was diagnosed when I was in my early 20s and struggling to put myself through college.  She was sick off and on for 4 1/2 years, having been told a couple of times that she was in remission.  She was diagnosed at age 44 and died at age 48 when I was 25.  The last bout was pretty bad but she wouldn't let anyone tell me how bad it was because it was my last semester in school (I was 3 1/2 hours away).  I finished in December; she died in February.  Quite literally, one of her last cognitive moments was actually seeing my college diploma which had arrived only two days before she went into the hospital the last time.  She went into the hospital on a Wednesday, I got the call to get there as quickly as I could on Thursday, got there and showed her my diploma and she died on Sunday.  She had no cognition after Thursday night that we know of.  I started having bienniel mammograms at age 27 and have had annual mammograms since age 34 or 25.  I also do periodic self-exams.

# ramona said on Thursday, September 30, 2010 1:16 PM

A very good friend of my sister's and mine has had breast cancer and that was my first experience of a close friend going thru this.  After a 2 year long battle she won and is now cancer free.  My mother-in law, whom I never had the privilege to met also had breast cancer.  I wish I could have met her; I believe we would have gotten along and been best of friends.

# akcdog said on Thursday, September 30, 2010 1:18 PM

My aunt had breast cancer & suffered greatly while undergoing treatment.  It eventually spread to her brain and in the end she would do crazy things & not even realize what she was doing.  Throughout this experience our family prayed for her and even though our prayers were not answered the way we had hoped she is no longer in pain.

# Countrygal said on Thursday, September 30, 2010 1:38 PM

I've had friends and family members with cancer and know how hard it is to watch them go through treatment.  I hope this encourages all women to be proactive and take steps to stay healthy.  God bless everyone going throught this scary time.

# tracylee143 said on Thursday, September 30, 2010 2:07 PM

My aunt had a mastectomy due to breast cancer and I have known a few women at my work who have undergone treatment for it as well. It's hard to reduce stress, but the thing I find, with a husband, three children and a full time job, is that you have to find "me time". Time for yourself to relax.

# Mommasue26 said on Thursday, September 30, 2010 2:21 PM

My Mom "got in the boxing ring" with Breast Cancer twice. She fought hard and won the battle but had other health issues which claimed her life in 2009. I miss her greatly but am constantly motivated as I remember her fighting spirit. She was courageous as she had her own battles but was so supportive of my Dad who had his own battles healthwise.

# leckenrode said on Thursday, September 30, 2010 3:07 PM

My former dance instructor was diagnosed with Breast Cancer after she moved to CA.  After she went through chemo & radiation, they thought they got it all, but a few years later they found it has returned - metastatic breast cancer on her spine. She has been living with it for almost 2 years now. She's quite the warrior, and I hope to see her again soon.

# semorris said on Thursday, September 30, 2010 3:07 PM

Breast cancer has afflicted my sister for some time now.  She is undergoing treatments again, but what helps is that we four sisters participate in the annual Race for the Cure.  It gives us something to work toward and have fun with while dealing with this disease.  The communication between us strengthens, and we use humor to relieve some stress.  

# cmg2506 said on Thursday, September 30, 2010 3:26 PM

My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer on our  daughter's 13th birthday.  Lumpectomy, radiation and chemotherapy followed and she is now cancer-free.  She has been a source of inspiration to our entire family as she stayed positive through her treatment.  Our daughter is now 21 and is studying for her B.S. in nursing.  Upon graduate, she intends to work with oncology patients - a fitting tribute to my mother and her grandmother!

# jossie said on Thursday, September 30, 2010 3:50 PM

I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer last year. Me-not me-I would tell myself. I'm healthy, I try to eat what's right. and get some exercise. Finally it sunk in, and I had to deal with reality. With the support of family, friends, and co-workers (and of course good doctors) I got through it all.  My treatments are finished,  my strength and optimism back, and my faith prevails over all.

# kathi said on Thursday, September 30, 2010 4:05 PM

I have a co-worker that went through breast cancer.  With the help of friends, family, and great medical care, she is still going strong.  Hearing her success story has made me more aware and I make sure to do my self-checks each month.

# dlbunting said on Thursday, September 30, 2010 4:11 PM

My sister-n-law has been fighting breast cancer for 10 years.  I also work with several women who have fought breast caner and have won the battle so far.  Watching them deal with such a fierce illness makes me admire them so much.  They never gave up, no matter what was thrown their way.  The kept their spirits and others up vowing not to surrender to the cancer.  I can only hope that if I were to find out that I had cancer that I could be as strong as them and give others hope that not all is lost, that this battle can be won.

# mai said on Thursday, September 30, 2010 4:49 PM

My youngest sister lost her battle with cancer five years ago. She was in the prime of her life at age 34. Her daughter was just a toddler when she died. So many people in our life have battled cancer - my best friend's om, my sister-in -law, cousins. They have survived.

We hope they find a cure soon.

# Richards said on Thursday, September 30, 2010 5:27 PM

Too many people I know are struggling with various forms of cancer.  I myself have had a brush with breast cancer and it is a concern for me going forward.  A friend died this past spring after being in remission for over a year.  It's a hard road to walk.

# yvetteh said on Thursday, September 30, 2010 5:50 PM

I lost my great grandmother to breast cancer.  Additionally, my grandmother had a battle with breast cancer a few years later but survived.  I avidly support breast cancer any way that I can.  Good for you, Pendaflex!

# dgotlibson said on Thursday, September 30, 2010 6:22 PM

Probably the only thing worse than having breast cancer is a scare that you have it. After an abnormal mammogram, and a follow-up visit for a second one, I was scheduled for a biopsy. They did a ultrasound and got a much clearer picture and decided to hold off and just watch the spot - that was two years ago, and mutlitple visits to the center, and the spot has not changed, but gotten smaller. My cousing went through breast cancer and is in remission - I know her struggle and everyone else who has had it - you are my heros.

# ppeare said on Thursday, September 30, 2010 7:18 PM

A friend / coworker was diagnosed several years with breast cancer and she was an amazing woman and still is. She seemed to be so courageous during this time. She is working full-time and from her exprience, we have meetings from time to time encouraging all employees to get mammograms. Hope a cure is found in my lifetime, but know mammograms have saved many, many lives.

# WilmaM said on Thursday, September 30, 2010 7:59 PM

My Aunt left off going to her GYN soon after her second child was born.  Many years later she asked my mom to take her to get new bras because her old ones just didn't fit her any more. Imagine my mother's shock to find out that the reason they didn't fit was because her sister had a lump the size of a large lemon.  Needless to say my aunt had to have a double mastectomy but it was really too late; cancer had gone into her sternum and from there it was just a matter of waiting.

My aunt had always had a larger-than-life personality and to see her reduced both mentally and physically was devistating to the whole family.

Until her death six years ago mom was religious about getting her breasts examined and instilled in me the same fervor.

Stress relief for me is making Cancer Quilts and post-surgical pillows for the local hospital.

# shall said on Thursday, September 30, 2010 8:09 PM

My sister survived breast cancer and resconstrutive surgery.  Her husband left her after finding out (even though she supported him when he went had cancer).  He left her with young children and very little support system. She fought the cancer, had reconstructive surgery, worked full time and raiser her children without any support from her husband.  She is a true survior.

# momfrye2286 said on Friday, October 01, 2010 12:02 AM

I supported my best friend from high school through her whole adult life and finally through her final battle of breast cancer. It was inevitable that no matter how she fought and how hard she worked, her hard life would not get better because of a selfish husband who would not see how he took her for granted and left her unappreciated and weak in all ways, especially emotionally.  I can only hope that what goes 'round comes 'round for Karl.  I can remember helping her organize her home and photos, etc. so that she would not leave a mess after her death. She still did his laundry, ironed his shirts, made his meals, and he could not even take his dirty dishes to the sink or rinse them. I bought him a sink brush so that at least he could scrape and rinse them so they could then stack up until she felt good enough to wash them. He threw the sink brush back at me and said "I don't do dishes!"  She has been gone since 2005 and I still think of her every day.  May he suffer harder and longer in God's time, not mine.

# shines57 said on Friday, October 01, 2010 11:59 AM

I work in a Cancer hospital and am surrounded by it daily.  I am not a nurse but have many friends that care for cancer patients.  They are so passionate about what they do every day.  I also had a cousin who was diagnosed at a young age with Breast Cancer.  Ultimately it spread to other parts of her body and sadly she died before she was 50 years old.  Cancer is an ugly disease and am proud to work in a place where research is a top priority to erradicate this from our lives.

# Boonkoon said on Friday, October 01, 2010 1:29 PM

My aunt suffered with breast cancer over 5 years ago.  She beat it and for this we are glad.  She visits her doctor regularly and has been cancer free since thanks to the research being done every day.

# kdkleinberg@yahoo.com said on Friday, October 01, 2010 2:39 PM

My aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer this past year......It truly effects the whole family.....my prayers are with all those survivors

# mcgova1 said on Friday, October 01, 2010 8:16 PM

I have been fortunate enough to not be directly effected by breast cancer. However, several friends have been and I donate and walk when possible!

# RonaD said on Friday, October 01, 2010 8:17 PM

I would love to have one of the organizer sets. My mother had breast cancer surgery 5 years ago. Staying organized seems to be a struggle for her these days. I think she would enjoy the bright color and reminder that she is a survivor

# TLGITW said on Friday, October 01, 2010 11:08 PM

Both of my mother's two sisters suffered from breast cancer.  Both put off taking care of their health so they could do other things in their life.  One put it off too long.  Pink products remind me that I can't do that - that if I don't take care of my health, I won't be able to do anything else.

# mamanorthcutt said on Saturday, October 02, 2010 8:23 AM

My mother suffered from breast cancer and was lucky because it was caught early.  She is a cancer survivor.  My aunt however, was not so lucky and died from breast cancer.  She just waited too long to be treated and because it was so many years ago, medicine did not know how to treat her.  My mother's favorite color is pink and every time I see the color pink, it reminds me how lucky I am that my mother is a cancer survivor.  

# Monaisabella said on Monday, October 04, 2010 1:53 PM

My experience with breast cancer has been from the angle of loving two of my friends through this heartwrenching experience.  My first experience was many years ago, my vital brilliant friend, who was a videographer, and the mother of five children.  She was facing this all alone because she had just divorced her polygamist husband, which meant that the sister-wives would not be there to help her, stand by her, or take up the job of raising her children.  While she was overjoyed to finally be out of that system, she was so frightened.  I spent many afternoons in her home, making dinner, doing laundry, until her mother, who had been estranged from her since her decision to live in polygamy, came back into her life and took over, giving her the tender loving care that only a mother can give.  Their healing was the greatest event in her life.  I remember calling her on the telephone, and we had a chat where were laughed and cried together, and I remember hanging up thinking, I will stop by tonight.  She passed away that afternoon, peacefully.

My next experience is still a very tender ache in my heart.  My friend fought a valiant fight, literally fighting that enemy "cancer" as if she were a soldier, that war lasted eight years, and when over, I cried as much for the war being over, as I did missing her contagious laugh and smile. I proudly wear my pink watch and pink bracelet, with a pink bow on my car, but that only declares to the world my thoughts, the true acknowledgment is in continuing to celebrate their lives by donations in their names and sharing their life stories.

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