The Dallas Maverick’s Breast Health Awareness Night!

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The Dallas Maverick’s Breast Health Awareness Night is Tuesday, October 11 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder. Come out and support your favorite team while supporting The Bridge Breast Network. This year, the Mavs are creating a special fundraising opportunity for the breast cancer nonprofit partners that night. They will be offering $10 upper-level tickets where $5 would go back to the Bridge Breast Network and a $40 lower-level ticket where $10 would go back to the Bridge Breast Network.

To purchase tickets for the special night and help support The Bridge Breast Network, visit www.Mavs.com/BHA or click here and use promo code: BRIDGE

The Mavs are encouraging everyone to wear pink with their Mavs blue for the opportunity to be on the “Pink Cam.” And be sure to stay after the game for a special Shooting Shirt Auction to auction off the shooting shirts worn during the game and signed by the players. There will also be a Heads or Tails game that will be free to play to win other special prizes. Be sure to join us and make sure to stay after the game for more fun!

Cancer During the Holidays!

nails-1420329_960_720There is no great time to be diagnosed with cancer, but the holidays can make it even harder! These are the times that should feel the jolliest and they can lose their luster when you are worried about your own health. If you know someone or currently handling your new diagnosis, then here are some do’s and don’ts that will help you stay lifted during the holidays.

Do

  • Time: Allow yourself to have the time to feel and express what you are going through. It can be full of joy, sadness, or pain. Just let yourself acknowledge what your body is going through.
  • Diet: Be sure to take care of yourself since the holidays can be the easiest time to eat unhealthy.
  • Exercise: Be sure to make time to stay as active as you can. It’s a great way to release any anxiety, tension, and some endorphins.
  • Treat Yourself: It’s the holidays! It’s important to treat yourself with naps, hot baths, and eat those favorite holiday snacks within reason.
  • Prepare: This holiday season will feel unique because your energy levels will be different. Be sure to acknowledge when you are tired and limit your time at family functions. Rest is so important.
  • Family Gatherings: This will be a busy time full of family gatherings so learn to say no. We encourage you to really follow this one because we know how hard it is say no.

Don’t

  • Don’t try to do everything. It’s important to pace yourself.
  • We highly encourage you to not drink alcohol, but if you do be sure to limit it to a glass!
  • Don’t try to do too much in one day. Plan ahead!
  • Try not to develop unhealthy habits. Eat and drink in responsibly. Get plenty of sleep.

The most important antioxidant: Glutathione by K Young Nutrition!

We love when Kimberly shares some wonderful information about nutrition. She is our lovely nutritionist at Bridge Breast Network! Today, she is sharing why September is her favorite month of the year. We are talking about antioxidants and why it’s important to incorporate them in your diet. Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 9.41.59 AM

By now you have heard a whole lot about the benefits of antioxidants right?  A lot of buzz lately is about glutathione.  Glutathione is the most important antioxidantnaturally produced by the body. It prevents cellular damage caused by free radicals and peroxides. Increasing cellular glutathione can raise energy levels, strengthen the immune system, fight inflammation, detoxify the body, aid in cellular repair and slow down the aging process.  Poor diet, consistent extreme exercise and stress deplete glutathione in the body.

Eating a diet rich and balanced in the full spectrum of nutrients provides vitamins and minerals that are important in boosting glutathione levels. Good to know:  Glutathione helps the body to neutralize alcohol from the body so there is less cellular inflammation.

Bitter vegetables like artichoke, kale, arugula, broccoli rabe, dandelion greens, endive and radicchio contain glucosinolates which increases glutathione.   Remember, it isn’t wise to take supplemental glutathione without the testing in advance.    Typically, if testing indicates that you are low in glutathione levels, other vitamin and mineral deficiencies are also happening and should be addressed at the same time.

Follow her blog here: http://kyoungnutrition.com/

Risk Factors of Breast Cancer!

We always like to inform all of you about the risk of getting breast cancer in specifically females:

  1. Genetics: When your family members have a history of cancer like your mother, aunt, and/or grandmothedoris-metastatic-breast-cancer-1280r especially when it’s detected at a younger age. The chances of you getting cancer is higher. It’s important to be active to help reduce your risk.
  2. History: If you’ve had cancer in the past then your chances are higher of getting it again. If you’ve had cancer in one breast then your chances of getting it in the other breast is increased. We highly encourage for you to get screening and regular mammograms to stay ahead of the game.
  3. Inherited Genes: There are gene mutations that can make your risk higher and it can be passed on from mothers to children. The genes are commonly known as BRCA2 and BRCA1. This genes can increase your chances of getting cancer tremendously so be sure to get tested.
  4. Radiation Exposure: Women who have been exposed to radiation like x-rays as a young child will increase your chances as well. We always suggest to avoid any type of radiation unless its purely necessary.
  5. Obesity: Women who have excess weight will have an increased risk of getting breast cancer. We always recommend for you to stay active, eat healthy, and for you to check your weight to make sure you are staying on track. It’s been said 5% of cancer cases can be avoided by keeping a healthy weight.

Finally here are some facts about the cancer:

  • Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women.
  • About 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with this type of cancer in their life.
  • It is also the second leading cause of death in American women.
  • Each  year an estimated 2,150 men in the US will be diagnosed with the disease.

Bridge Breast Network Testimonial!

doris-metastatic-breast-cancer-1280I met you and was inspired by you when you came to my Wylie Rotary Club last year.  I have shared information about The Bridge to several people.

And……I  was diagnosed with Stage 0 breast cancer in April.  My annual mammogram caught it and I have to say the radiologist at the Baylor Garland Breast Center went above and beyond anything I have seen to get an accurate diagnosis for me.  My films went to seven different specialists around the country.  I had my surgery on May 27th and today I ring the bell at my cancer center signifying that today is my last radiation treatment!

I am blessed to have awesome insurance and this whole event cost me $2000, which I had the funds for on my Flexible Spending Account.  Your organization blesses so many women with your services.  I want to encourage you and your staff as I cannot imagine going through cancer without resources.  Keep up the good work and know that you are adding jewels to your heavenly crowns each and every day!

Lynn in Wylie

Mammograms and Breast Cancer

mammogramThe American Cancer Society issued new guidelines for breast cancer screenings. It suggest’s that women should have mammograms starting at the age of 45. While others believe you should start at the age of 40, and even possibly earlier for those at high risk.

Mammograms have helped reduced deaths caused from breast cancer in the United States tremendously since the 1990s, according to the American College of Radiology. It’s been said these screenings can find tumors up to two years before you can!

We always suggest for you to talk with your doctor to see when the right time is to get your mammogram. All women should know the benefits, limitations, and potential harms that come with breast cancer screening. It’s always good to know what your breasts look and feel like. It’s the easiest way to know when something is wrong and you detect it immediately.

Women who are at high risk should be screened with MRI’s and annual mammograms. Here are some of those factors:

  1. Have a first-degree relative like a parent, brother, sister, or child with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, and you haven’t had any genetic testing.
  2. If you know you have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation.
  3. Have a lifetime risk of breast cancer of 20 to 25 percent or greater, according to the risk assessment tools mainly based on family history.
  4. If you’ve had radiation therapy to the chest between the ages from 10-30.
  5. Have Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Cowden syndrome, or Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome, or have first-degree relatives with one of these syndromes.

Be sure to schedule your mammogram the week after your menstrual cycle. Limit your intake of caffeine, smoking, and alcohol before your screening. Be sure to not wear deodorant because they can lead to false positives.

 

How to reduce your risk of breast cancer!

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Today, we are going to talk about there are some steps you can take toward breast cancer prevention. We all know everyone is born with genetics they cannot change, but here are some lifestyle changes you can take to help lower your risk.

Here are some things you can do to help reduce your risk of breast cancer! It’s been said that lifestyle changes can help decrease breast cancer risk even in high risk women.

  • Alcohol- When you drink alcohol, it can increase your risk. Try to limit your drinks to one drink per day.
  • Weight- It’s extremely important to stay active and watch your weight. This is especially true if your overweight especially after menopause.
  • Smoking- There is a lot of evidence that suggests there a strong link between smoking and breast cancer.
  • Organic-It’s so important to have a healthy diet because it will give a good founding of  having good health. It’s so important to eat raw and organic!
  • Reduce toxins- Toxins do exist everywhere, however, get in the habit of getting organic products including household items like cleaning products.

Bra Buying Tips Every Breast Cancer Patient Should Know!

professional-bra-fitting-horiz_xj8xjrToday, we are discussing one thing and it’s what kind of bra you should buy whenever you are suffering from breast cancer! We know shopping for a bra can be extremely tedious and scary. Those of you who have breast implants then remember it can be encourage to wear a wireless bra.

We do realize finding a bra without an underwire can be difficult, but we with these tips you will not be wearing a sports bra either! Whether you are a breast cancer patient, in treatment, or in remission, we all know what makes a bra comfortable.

  • Size. We have found women on average are wearing the wrong size bra! Overtime, you body will change, but we know many women will keep the same bra. Also, many women do not know what a well fitted bra feels like. Regardless, we highly suggest for you to get professional fitted at either a department store or Victoria’s Secret.
  • Wide Straps. We all hate those bra straps that dig into the your shoulders. It can cause so much irritation and even back pain. Women who have had surgery and their lymph nodes removed, well its extremely important to find wide straps to make sure you do not increase your risk of  Lymphodema.  We even encourage you to make sure the tightness around your chest isn’t too bad either. Remember, keep it loose and comfortable.
  • Support.  The goal of any bra is to make sure they are supporting your breasts, especially right out of surgery. Implants can become more fragile without the right support.
  • Cup Size.  We have many patients asking us how important cup size is and it’s very important! Remember, an implant will not be as forgiving as a natural breast in a cup of a bra. The right cup size will keep your implant protected and in place at all times.
  • Fabrics. Keep the fabrics simple and comfortable. The last thing you would want is a wire or fabric to irritate your skin and puncture a scar from surgery.

 

5 tips for Coping With Cancer!

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We are giving a variety of tips on how you can cope with cancer once you’ve diagnosed.

  1. Learn about your disease: Everyone is going to have a unique journey and you could have a different experience from someone else. It’s very important to research about YOUR diagnosis and ask your doctor about your treatment process.
  2. Expectations: Be sure to listen to your doctor once you receive your diagnosis initially. However, remember things can change throughout the process at any point.
  3. Be Patient: The biggest thing we try to tell our patients is to be patient whenever you’ve been told you have cancer. Treatments, procedures, and surgery plans can change at any point.
  4. Chemistry: Finding a doctor you are comfortable with is going to make all the difference. This will be a time you will be making big decisions and you want to consult with someone you trust.
  5. You’re Not Alone: Whenever you’ve been diagnosed you’re not alone. There are a variety of support groups to help you and your loved ones get through this time.

How To Cope With Hair Loss!

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We know hair loss is one of the many side affects people suffer from breast cancer. Sadly, hair loss is a visible side affect so it can be one of the hardest side affects to deal with! Your hair is a big part of your self image and femininity, so losing it can affect your confidence. Therefore, it’s completely normal to be upset when you do lose it.

Here are some ways you can prepare for it:

  1. Remember, after your treatment your hair will grow back. This is not a permanent side affect.
  2. There is a chance your eyebrows and eyelashes may fall out.
  3. Be sure to ask your nurse to find out what exactly will happen from your treatments. Different treatments will give different side affects.
  4. If you have children, it’s important to prepare them as well, and to let them know that your hair will grow back.
  5. Use gentle shampoo and conditioner.
  6. Do not use heat to dry your hair. Try letting it air dry.
  7. We’ve seen a variety of patients cut their hair short for more volume initially.
  8. Always protect your scalp from sun.
  9. Avoid all chemical dyes during this time.
  10. Take your time to find a hair piece that fits you!

Hair loss is something that women deal with on an individual basis. Do not feel pressures to wear a wig or head scarf. There are not rules-just do what’s best for you. We are big fans of Cure Diva! They have a variety of products that can help you with hair loss.