Third Friday Health And Beauty/ Breast Cancer IBC

Did you know that statistics show that breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women? Did you know that breast cancer is not always a lump? Did you know that men are not immune to breast cancers?

Today on Mom of Many Hats Radio We had a very important conversation about Breast Cancer.  Amy Schultz is a wife, a mother, and my sister in the midst of the battle with IBC – Inflammatory Breast Cancer.  Amy had a clear mammogram 13 months prior to being diagnosed in stage IV inflammatory breast cancer.  She went to her Doctor for a cold and by chance had her doctor look at rash she had on her breast.  She hadn’t given a lot of thought to the rash, but her doctor was aware of the symptoms of IBC an sent her directly to a breast surgeon.  That day she had an initial diagnoses – confirmed two days later, of IBC.

Amy’s IBC did not manifest in the form of a lump.  IBC rarely does. IBC is a rare and aggressive type of breast cancer.  It is a cancer that block the lymphatic system resulting in swelling, dimpling of the skin, and a sheetlike growth of cancer cells.  When it is found, it is almost always in a late III or IV stage – meaning that it has metastasized (spread) to other parts of the body.   It is often missed by mammograms and misdiagnosed.  For these reasons, it is important for us to know the symptoms and advocate for our own heath.

Amy has had chemotherapy, radiation and a mastectomy.  She is still in treatment after a host of different types of chemotherapy cocktails.

Along with regular self exams, clinical exams and mammograms (at the interval recommendation by your Doctor) a you can add the SISTER check to look for signs of IBC.


  • S – Size or Swelling
  •  I – Inflammation or Itchiness
  • S – Soreness
  • T – Texture or Orange Peel Appearance
  • E – Engorgement or Flattening Nipple
  • R – Redness or Change in Color

To  hear more about Amy’s Journey and this important conversation please click HERE. To learn more about IBC please visit The IBC Network To listen to past Mom of Many Hats Radio Shows click HERE or click the Itunes Gal on the sidebar to listen to broadcasts on the go!

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Fifth Friday Coture Hat 9/30/11 Janet Perez Eckles

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How do you bounce back after tragedy? How do you find the strength to carry on when it feels like things are hopeless and? How do you keep going when you feel inadequate in the world?

On Today’s Show, Janet Perez Eckles told us about her life, the challenges she has faced – Losing her sight as a young mother of three young sons, enduring the near collapse of her marriage, and facing the loss of her son.  She shared how she chose to live life forward and not be stuck in what she had lost, but free in what she has. Janet is the embodiment of a Wonderful Super Woman!

Janet also shared with us her book Simply Salsa – Dancing without Fear at God’s Fiesta!In this book she shares how we can go from existing in

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fear and feeling inadequate to truly living and having a  heart full of joy and celebration for the gifts that we have.  Janet’s life, example, and story are a testament to how the power of faith in God, forgiveness, tenacity, and purposeful choosing of joy can lead us to a fulfilled life worthy of our own belief in our value and importance. Even in the darkest times in life, Janet shows us that there is hope and life just waiting for us – if we choose it.

To learn more about Janet, please visit her site, Inspiration For You!

To hear all of Janet’s story from our interactive broadcast and to hear past Mom of Many Hats Radio episodes, click HERE!

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