Five Things Friday: Offering Support to a Breast Cancer Patient During a Pandemic.

Covid-19? Scary! Covid-19 and breast cancer? Much, much scarier! Someone going through breast cancer treatment during the current pandemic is especially vulnerable. Their immune systems are compromised and exposure to a virus – any virus – is extremely dangerous! All the normal fears and anxieties of a breast cancer diagnosis are compounded further with isolation. […]

Five Things Friday: Facts about Breast Cancer and Eating

Like many human connections, the relationship between food, drink, and breast cancer is… well… let’s just say it’s “complicated.” In general, foods associated with fighting or recovering from breast cancer are the foods we should all be eating for a healthy and happy life. But, current studies on nutrition and cancer are turning some long-held […]

Five Things Friday – Comfort and chemo

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Singer Melissa Etheridge once said, “Chemotherapy tests your sanity.” For many people – not all – the chemotherapy regimen is an ordeal, and the day of your first treatment can be scary. Mostly, it can be tiring, but it all depends on your cancer and your prescribed chemo drugs. Lisa Silva is a Sacramento-area registered […]

Partner Spotlight: Khanh Pham

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“Things happen for a reason…it’s fate meeting like this,” says Khanh Pham, a hairstylist at Sugar A Hair Boutique in Sacramento. It was seemingly pure chance that Amanda Nelson, Executive Director of Albie Aware, went to Khanh Pham for a haircut. However, he’s not so sure it was by chance at all. A meeting meant to be? “I’m not sure […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Siena Marois

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Setting the World on Fire! “Go Forth And Set The World On Fire.” That’s a motto of St. Ignatius Parish School in Sacramento and it is a concept that eighth grade student Siena Marois has fully and enthusiastically embraced. The Arrupe Project The eighth grade has been assigned to complete The Arrupe Project, named for […]

Five Things Friday: Conquering Side Effects

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Conquer common side effects of breast cancer treatment Breast cancer is frightening. And the cure may be no picnic in the park either. Dealing with both the uncertainty of the disease and the effects of the treatment can certainly be overwhelming. The goal must be to hit the cancer with something that can deliver a […]

Albie Aware Partner Spotlight: Jenny Weaver… a perfect “FIT”

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“I get so angry when  people don’t know who to see or where to go for care and then they die,” says Jenny Weaver. “Our system is broken, and I want to be an advocate to help people.” The moment Jenny learned of Albie Aware she jumped aboard without thinking twice. “I learned of Albie […]

Albie Aware Survivor Spotlight: Cherí Andrew

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To call Cherí Andrew “determined” would be a massive understatement. She fought her way through a long, difficult, and frustrating experience and has come out a champion. The lesson she learned is this: “You have to be your own advocate. Do not naively trust what doctors say. Educate yourself and demand the treatment you need. […]

Five Things Friday – Lovin’ Life After Breast Cancer

Rekindle the Joy If you have survived breast cancer, you may be waiting for the world to take on rainbow hues and to find yourself jumping for joy. That’s not quite the way it works. It may be more like, “What just happened to me?” and “Why don’t I feel different?” Time to manage expectations. […]

Survivor Spotlight – The Tale of Two Women

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Keri Frank-Fuentes and Rachael Emborg: Two breast cancer stories This is a tale of two women. Each received a diagnosis of breast cancer with very different outcomes. Keri Frank-Fuentes and her cousin, Rachael, both shared a family history of breast cancer, though none of it first-degree. “There was a lot of it on both sides, […]