..but keep stalling. I don’t know what it is, but here’s that link from last years PSA my buddy and I did. Yes, unfortunately it is STILL relative, because we DON’T have a cure for cancer yet.
Two Broke Girls star Kat Dennings and her best friend, photographer Rodene Jones, first met as teenagers. Like any close, longtime friends, the two have weathered their share of successes and setbacks together in the years since — but nothing prepared them for Rodene’s breast-cancer diagnosis at age 31. After Rodene’s fiancé noticed a lump underneath her breast, Rodene not only learned she had triple-negative cancer, but she also tested positive for BRCA1; that gene greatly increases the likelihood of contracting breast and ovarian cancers. Rodene quickly began a grueling treatment process that would transform not only her own life but the lives of the people who love her.
UPDATE: It’s been a year since we first brought you Kat and Rodene’s story on In Her World, and we’re happy to share that Rodene’s most recent scans indicate that her cancer treatment — which included six rounds of chemo, 37 rounds of radiation, and a double mastectomy — worked. Even so, she’s cautious about her health and awaiting a new round of scans at the end of the year, which should provide her and her doctors with a better idea of her status. “The form of celebration I practice is making every day I’m alive and able awesome,” Rodene tells us. She and her husband, Duncan Jones, are looking forward to trying for a baby once she gets a thumbs-up from her doctors and are teaming up with the Tower Cancer Research Foundation on a campaign called Touch Up Your Loved Ones, inspired by their own experience. The couple is now back in LA after spending nine months in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on the set of the movie Warcraft. Duncan directed the film and Rodene served as the movie’s archivist photographer. “I was so grateful to have no time to sit and worry about all of the aches and pains,” she says. “Being able to have the strength to carry my camera around, stay on my feet, and push myself out there again has been helping my ‘new’ self.”
On Lindsay: Diane von Furstenberg
Lots has happened since my diagnosis, lots of living has been going on 🙂 . My two years is coming up, and I’m hoping to get only good news after my new set of scans. Til then, I’ll be living “as if,” which includes trying to raise awareness so others don’t ever have to go through this nasty disease.
Also, my husband and I went to the doctors and got our flu shots. Please be a responsible person, visit your doctors office, or local pharmacy, get jabbed, bring everyone YOU KNOW with you. If you don’t want to donate, or help raise awareness, just get the dang flu shot.
Taken from Lisa Adams’ blog: “According to the CDC the flu and complications from it kill almost as many people each year as breast cancer. Let that sink in. The flu kills about 36,000 people each year. Metastatic breast cancer kills approximately 40,000 people.” ( Visit Lisa Adams’ blog, she’ll tell you first hand about METASTATIC Breast Cancer, and also how you should get your flu shots. )
And as far as side effects from all the treatments and surgery, I’m alive, and yes I am experiencing random pains, aches, fatigue AND neuropathy. (I’ll get into more of my physical & mental health later, if it helps someone else out.) But, I am able to push myself everyday, as far as stretching, walking longer distances, and normal people things.
Like dancing in Vancouver rain:
My hair is slowly growing back, and so is my belly, something about BC treatment messes up your system, including your metabolism, or maybe it could be all of the DELICIOUS food we’ve been cooking. My 37 rounds of radiation did mess up the left side of my chest, so being able to stretch that side out has been difficult. I was able to swap out my rock hard expanders for soft, ziplock bag like saline implants. That surgery was way less stressful than the double mastectomy, but don’t get me wrong, I was still terrified. Though, knowing my husband would be waiting for me soon after keep what little peace I did have close in my heart. I didn’t take any painkillers, and couldn’t take the medical cannabis, so I just rode it out naturally, sleeping basically upright on a ton of pillows. I did have to take antibiotics for about 8 days to prevent any infections, which worked. Had over 120 stitches inside my chest, and felt gnarly pains here and there, but nothing that stayed long enough for me to panic. My right side is saggy, but I’m ALIVE, and am so happy. NO ROOM TO COMPLAIN. NONE.
A year ago today I was not pointing at animals in a lake in Vancouver, I was hooked up to a chemotherapy I.V. drip. I'm glad to have made it this far, looking forward to an even better 100 more years. In those years I will continue to raise awareness, support and hopefully celebrate when there is a mutha@$;@;ing CURE. I hate you cancer, I love you life.
Well, that’s that, for now.
I’ve set up a new fundraiser, one that I, actually, we, will have a clearer idea of where the money will be going towards. Its a special place to me, and have supported me during and after treatment. So, please donate, support, share if and whenever you can, its important.
Okay, I’m done for now, thanks for reading. I hope you or anyone you love never have to deal with cancer, its a b*tch. Life is short, fragile, and dang precious, please take care of yours, as others are fighting harder just to live another day.
Please help raise awareness and donate your time, love, care, money and support to your local cancer treatment centers or funds. Don't forget that self exams / early detection are key to surviving cancer, don't neglect your body / life. http://www.fundraiseforBCRF.org/touchupyourlovedones#sthash.4NmdUqQq.dpuf 🙂
Peace & Love,
More photos & videos found here: http://instagram.com/rodeneronquillo