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Many of you have asked, “How can you help?” The answer is simple, DONATE! www.crowdrise.com/PrayForShay πŸŽ€

The other day, I overheard a guy say, “My Boss is always crying broke, now that his wife has cancer. He’s a boss! He has $. Like really, cancer CANT be that expensive!” 😳

Cancer treatment is INCREDIBLY expensive! 1 of the reasons why I started SSPW, was so we could provide a special memory for a young woman & her family who may not have the funds to do so. Often times, 2 income families become 1, after a cancer diagnosis, especially if the diagnosis is terminal or the mate is too ill to work.

When diagnosed in 2004, I had a good job at Verizon, making decent money, with a comfortable savings & 401k accounts. 18 months after my diagnosis, I was flat broke & trying to avoid foreclosure, thanks to my mounting medical expenses. I still pay over $600 a month just for ins premium and meds. πŸ’°

You prob don’t mind your $20 or $40 copay if you only visit your Dr a couple times a year. That $ adds up fast when you have 100’s of appointments and Rx’s. I’ve had 9 surgeries & radiation, every day for 7 weeks. I also had physical therapy everyday for months at a time, due to lymphedema & losing my range of motion twice on my left side. Many people think you automatically receive disability or state help, if you have cancer. Nope! That process can be long & mentally draining as well.

My expenses have already exceeded $1000, since my cancer recurrence, 3 weeks ago. 1 yr of basic cancer treatment is an estimated $50,000. That number can increase drastically, depending on type of cancer, specialists & how you respond to treatment. Did you know that cancer patients are 2 times more likely to go bankrupt? πŸ’°

*Only funds made to this campaign or specifically noted #PrayForShay will be donated to assist with my medical expenses. Thanks for your support. XOXO ❀️
~ Madame President
www.shaysharpespinkwishes.org
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by @pink_diva2010 “I had to out the patch on over the bandage. I guess I shouldn’t have put that makeup on that eye. My bandage is not stickingπŸ˜‚πŸ‘Œ~ Charelle
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#SSPW #cancer #breastcancer #stageIV #cutie #Pink #ShaySharpesPinkWishes #volunteer #pretty #BaldIsBeautiful #live #love #laugh #airhugs #kisses #bcmets #bca #TeamCharelle #TeamSSPW #MyLifeAfterCancer #MyLifeAfterBreastCancer

by @pink_diva2010 “Not feeling 100% but waiting on my erky mom so we can go to a prayer breakfast. Thought I was gonna save on makeup today but my eye is fully made up under this bandage. Lol! Pray I don’t get sick and have to leave early. Luv yall! Air hugs and kisses ~Charelle
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Hey Dolls. Happy Purple Friday! πŸ’œπŸˆπŸ’œ

Checking in (some of my followers contact me, if I’m quiet too long 😍). Achy, arm is really sore and the numbing meds have worn off, so before I take more pain meds and doze off, let me fill you in. πŸ’Œ

4 procedures today. 2 biopsies, mammogram and another ultrasound guided needle procedure to place a marker in an area that was biopsied 2 weeks ago. Received 3 markers today. The procedure went a little like this: The skin on your breast is cleaned and then numbed with a local anesthetic to make you more comfortable. This will sting slightly and may make you feel jittery.
A small nick is made in your skin allowing for a thin needle to be inserted.
The needle is then guided to the biopsy area and used to remove several tiny samples of breast tissue. You should not feel discomfort, only slight pressure.
A marker may be permanently placed in your breast to allow radiologists and surgeons to identify the biopsy site on future mammograms. The marker is very small (approximately 4-6 mm) and is typically made of titanium. Note: The marker poses no health or safety risk and you will not feel or notice it. The marker will not affect security at the airport or a future MRI if needed.
A mammogram is taken after the procedure to ensure the samples are adequate.
Pressure is applied to your breast for a few minutes. A small bandage is placed over the skin nick and you will be provided with an ice pack to apply over the biopsy site.

Still can’t believe I am going through all of this again. Breast cancer at 26 and 36. Young women CAN and DO get breast cancer! Some of us get it twice. πŸ™ My life after cancer.. ~ Madame President
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Be sure to check out my feature in the latest issue of @theflywire magazine! ~ Madame President
www.shaysharpespinkwishes.org
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I’m starting this today. Have you taken it? If so, please share your experience. Thanks. πŸ’–

Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane) is an aromatase inhibitor approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat:

*postmenopausal women diagnosed with hormone-receptor-positive, early-stage breast cancer after they’ve taken tamoxifen for 2 to 3 years to reduce the risk of the cancer coming back

*postmenopausal women diagnosed with advanced-stage or metastatic hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer
Women stop taking tamoxifen when they start taking Aromasin.

Aromasin won’t work on hormone-receptor-negative breast cancer. (Breastcancer.org)

Learn something new everyday! ~ Madame President
www.shaysharpespinkwishes.org
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Good morning Beautiful faces! Upon purchasing yet another table, the venue informed me, nobody is booked in the ballroom next to ours, during our event time. This great news allows us to sell more tickets!! πŸ’ƒ

ALL TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED ONLINE, NO LATER THAN THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 25th AT 12pm EST! All tickets must be purchased in advance. We can not accept payments at the door. Please don’t show up if you don’t have a ticket. (I heard a couple of you had that awesome idea πŸ˜’)

πŸ’– Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes Arabian Nights Black Tie Fundraiser.
Sunday, September 29, 2014. 6-10pm.
Valley Mansion in Hunt Valley, MD.
Donation $100.
Open Bar. Seafood buffet. Live Auction. DJ.
Secure your tickets online, via our website, www.shaysharpespinkwishes.org

~ Madame President
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Hi! πŸ‘‹
Tired. Extremely tired. Not the ‘I want to die, I’m tired of fighting’ tired, but really really tired. I’ve had 13 appointments in the past 3 weeks. It wears you out! I woke up today with no appointments scheduled for the remainder of the week. Now I have two. This afternoon, I received a call informing me the oncologist wanted me to come in to receive a Lupron injection. I think my oncologist believed that I would’ve had surgery to remove the cancer by now. He seems a little ticked. We are just waiting on the surgeon to complete paperwork and the insurance company to authorize the procedure. In the meantime, the oncologist wants to stop the estrogen exposure with Lupron and Aromasin. I informed him during our initial recurrence convo that I would have an oophorectomy (ovaries removed), rather than take tamoxifen again. We thought the breast surgery would be first, than the oophorectomy. But… Had I known that I still wouldn’t no any more than I knew about this cancer 3 weeks ago, I DEFINITELY would have scheduled the oophorectomy already! Sigh.. πŸ˜’

Any-who.. After sitting in lots of traffic, paying a toll and driving for 45 mins, I arrived at the oncology office. Paid copay. Waited 30 mins for the nurse… Only for her to say they didn’t have the injection I needed. They had an incorrect dosage!!! They would order it and I would have to return next week! 😑😀😑 Tired!

My Life After Cancer…. ~ Madame President
www.shaysharpespinkwishes.org
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{Figured since I’m hiding out in the bathroom, thanks to my nausea, I would give you Dolls an update on my progress.}

Another long day at the doctors! Often times my visits exceed 3 hours and sometimes I have multiple appointments in one day. I’ve had 12 doctor appts in the past 2.5 weeks. I’m exhausted! Sick of being sick! 😷

Today, I was scheduled to have an ultrasound of the left axilla. (I had cancer jn my lymph nodes during my initial diagnosis in 2004). My surgeon also made a note to have them biopsy the two marked areas and place a marker in the 8:00 mass. Due to time restraints, nothing was done except the ultrasound.

Position 4:00 and 8:00 are still really sore and tender from the biopsies last week, so I’m not looking forward to any of the procedures listed above. The procedures need to be done, so I will put on my big girl panties and handle my business accordingly. πŸ˜’

The radiologist wanted me to get the procedures done a few hours later, but right before doing it, I told him that I was given blood thinners last week when the Dr was afraid that I had a blood clot in my leg. That halted the appt! Off to the lab, I went. Luckily, it was only a 2 stick day! It’s 6 hours later and no one has contacted me to come back, so I assume my blood wasn’t clotting enough to preform the biopsies. Ugh!πŸ˜•

My Life After Cancer… ~ Madame President.
www.shaysharpespinkwishes.org
#SSPW #cancer #breastcancer #breaatcancersucks #Breastcancerawareness #PrayForShay #bca #bcsm #ShaySharpesPinkWishes #MyLifeAfterCancer #MyLifeAfterBreastCancer #mastectomy #DIEP #YoungWomenCanAndDoGetBreastCancer #ImSickOfBeingSick #nausea #Radiology #oncology #women #educate #awareness

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