Lower-income women are less likely to undergo breast reconstruction. This is why education remains a vital mission for everyone. Do your part to tell a public library to carry our book, “Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What’s Right for You,” or donate our book to some low-profit near you that serves lower-income women to help end these disparities.
Detroit breast cancer survivor, Dr. Linda Johnson, is shown here with the “On-Q Pain Relief System, which she used to reduce post-operative pain after breast reconstruction. It is a non-narcotic system. “This is a little pump about the size of a small can of soup that contains pain reliever that comes into your system automatically for a few days after surgery,’’ says Johnson, a retired school principal. “The pump goes to a tiny plastic tube that the surgeon installs in your chest. This little dickens really worked!! All I had to do was to carry it around in the little nylon bag shown in the picture. By day I used it like a shoulder bag and at night I just kept it beside me in the bed. The doc will take out the 4 or 5 inches of tubing that went into my body when I go for my check up next week. Easy breezy, it gives a constant stream of pain relief, and doesn’t involve pills.” For details: http://www.myon-q.com/why-on-q.aspx
Former Michigan public health director Vern Anthony continues to educate, this time with information that helps more understand that a cancer recurrence, even two as she has had, is not a death sentence. Her most important advice: Live your life fully. And she has tips about what NOT to say to someone with cancer.
In the last week, leading doctors have praised our book, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the nation’s largest group of cancer doctors, posted on Amazon.com. (see below).
Today Dr. Olivier Branford, a London plastic surgeon and top in his field on social media wrote on Twitter: @OlivierBranford
“Just received this brilliant book by @BCsurgstorieshttp://bcsurgerystories.com/ Invaluable for all concerned #BreastCancer#BreastReconstruction “
We are winding up our fund-raiser and there are a last few hours to contribute. Your help is invaluable allowing us to see some cutting-edge advances in breast cancer surgery and reconstruction. Here’s the link: http://kck.st/1yKVvKO
We’re happy to report that Kathleen Galligan’s sentinel lymph node biopsy came back clean. Great news that this cancer was found before it spread outside the breast. She will, however, return for a second surgery at the end of the month because the tissue they removed still had cancer in its margins. After that, radiation. In all, it looks like quite a treatable cancer. Kathleen is the same upbeat, positive radiant woman she always has been. The support from her family and friends and the Detroit Free Press features department meal train orchestrated by Mark Stryker have been especially appreciated.
Kathleen Galligan wanted to see the size of the needle to be used to mark her cancer before her surgery at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. All went well and we’re hoping for good news next week.
Emmy credits prayers from the Kenyan children of her non-profit in the Ngong Hills for getting her through the worst days of chemo. She says, “helping others who can only repay you in love always comes full circle.” http://www.hopeforhuruma.org