Monday, May 30, 2011

Of Pills and Bills

A new study shows that women with higher co-pays are more likely to miss their meds.

Monday, May 23, 2011

R.I.P. @CleavageCreek Robert "Budge" Brown

This is so sad. I was always touched by the Clevage Creek story, and Robert was an early twitter buddy.


Vintner Robert "Budge" Brown Dies in Plane Crash

California farmer dedicated his Cleavage Creek winery to the fight against breast cancer
Augustus Weed
Posted: May 23, 2011
Robert "Budge" Brown, a longtime California grapegrower who purchased the Cleavage Creek winery in Napa and devoted the label to the fight against breast cancer, died May 18. Brown was flying from Minden, Nev., to Tracy, Calif., to pick up a friend when his single-engine plane crashed in the El Dorado National Forest. The Amador County Sheriff’s Office found the wreckage of the plane this past Friday. Brown was 78.
Brown was a businessman and farmer in California for over 50 years. He founded his own winery, Tulip Hill, in Lake County starting with the 2001 vintage. He later moved the winery into the Bartlett Springs bottling building on the North Shore of Clear Lake. In 2005, Brown lost his wife of 48 years, Arlene, to breast cancer. When he learned about the Cleavage Creek brand in Napa he decided the name would be a clever way to promote the fight against breast cancer and purchased the winery.
In honor of Brown’s wife, Cleavage Creek donates 10 percent of its gross wine sales to breast cancer research. The winery uses fruit from its two estate vineyards, one in Pope Valley and the other in the Tracy Hills AVA. Each wine features a photo of a breast cancer survivor, including TV host Carson Daly’s mother, Patricia Daly Caruso. The winery produces around 2,000 cases a year and has donated more than $82,000 to various organizations such as the Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, Calif.

Financial Help for Reconstruction Travel

Now that I spend a decent amount of my time in a fairly rural area, I have a new appreciation of the travel that patients must face. If I want to go to a expert lymphedema fitter I would have to drive almost 2 hours.

For women looking for expert reconstruction, travel is an important option if the can not find what they need at home. I mean we live with the results of these surgeries day in day out.

Here is a link to information about a travel program for reconstruction patients headed to Texas. There are a lot of other helpful links on the site as well.

They emailed me to let me know they were out there! Thanks!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Share your favorite breast cancer blog, article, or link!

Every once in a while I wonder how to make this blog more relevant. I have been blogging for 18 months now, when I was in treatment it was almost a full time job. Now that I have a full time job, it's more of a hobby.

I feel like I used to find great stuff via web searches, now everything looks the same to me. I loved having contributors, but nobody writes for free forever for someone else's blog.

I still believe there is a future out there in a electronic news site for women with breast cancer. I noticed a really snazzy site called "The Fix" for people with addiction. Maybe someday Loop can be like that. Perhaps someone else will do it, but I still believe in having a publication of some sort that covers all the breast cancer charities, activities, and stories out there.

We also have an amazing archive of stories...and I promise to work more on that in the future. They are listed on the "Best of Loop" page.

So my email is Feel free to send your favorite blog, website, or even an article.



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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Great blog for breast cancer research news

I really like this blog I just found.
Instead of seeing one headline at a time on google news, it puts them all together.

Friday, May 20, 2011

New test helps predict whether chemo will work

I thought this was really interesting. This test help predict how women will respond to a common chemo.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Bare Truth Project

Nicely done story by Maine TV station on a "scar photography" project.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Parsley is the "good for BC" ingredient of the week

 Sometimes I wish someone would just go out and buy me all the cancer fighting foods and put them in my fridge. Still parsley is ok, and it counters garlic breath!

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Breast Cancer Walk Marks Mother's Day

It's a funny time of year here in the Northeast. Still cold and wet. But this Sunday pink will be in full bloom.
I know Twin Cities Komen has it's walk on Sunday at the Mall of America. (I went back when it was at Southdale.)
Here is a link to another walk in Lockport, N.Y.
Please feel free to post about your event in the comments section.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Check out this inspiring article!

 I think this was one of our best posts ever. It has thoughts on spring from some great writers!