Posts by joanne

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Many of you may know that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.  With those startling statistics, it’s almost a guarantee this disease will touch all of us in some way.  Perhaps you have been diagnosed with breast cancer yourself, years ago or within the last few months. Or perhaps you are one of the 7 in 8 who will avoid it, but your mother, best friend, colleague, aunt, or spouse will not.

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Menopause & Myths about Hormone Replacement Therapy

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in HRT, menopause

Menopause & Myths about Hormone Replacement Therapy

For the large majority of us who suffer one or more symptoms of menopause, we can all agree that it is NO FUN. So what can we do about it? According to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), a leading group of health care providers who specialize in health issues for women at perimenopause and beyond, hormone replacement therapy (also known as estrogen replacement therapy or hormone therapy) remains the most effective treatment for the symptoms of menopause. But wait! Isn’t hormone replacement therapy bad for you?

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Why “Self Care” is not “Selfish”

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in Stories

Why “Self Care” is not “Selfish”

Cancer survivors and their loved ones are no strangers to the adverse effects chemotherapy can have on one’s body, mind, and spirit. Despite these setbacks, Mirakind community member and blogger, Heather Trojan, refuses to let her cancer treatment lead her to a toxic life. Diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2011, Heather believes that “self care” is not “selfish,” but rather noticed the correlation between a particularly stressful time in her life and when her doctor believes the cancer first erupted.

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What You Need to Know About Estrogen and the KRAS-variant

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in estrogen, founder, KRAS-variant, menopause, Research

What You Need to Know About Estrogen and the KRAS-variant

Joanne Weidhaas is MiraKind’s founder and one of the scientists responsible for discovering the KRAS-variant, an inherited genetic mutation which predicts an increased risk of cancer. Following this breakthrough, Weidhaas and her team of researchers began exploring the connection between estrogen and breast cancer risk, particularly as it pertains to individuals who test positive for the KRAS-variant.

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Let’s Talk Menopause (Finally)

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in menopause

Let’s Talk Menopause (Finally)

We all know something about menopause, but just like pregnancy or bungee jumping, you can’t really understand what it’s like to go through menopause until you have truly experienced it. Despite the fact that menopause is a naturally occurring life stage, it seems to be one of the most taboo topics out there. The perception is that it’s unpleasant (and let’s be honest, it can be very unpleasant) and, therefore, it’s not socially acceptable to discuss.

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Devon’s Story

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Stories

Devon’s Story

After learning about Dr. Weidhaas’ co-discovery of the KRAS-variant from her mother — a breast cancer survivor, Army of Women research study participant, and carrier of this marker — Devon sought out more information about the new discovery and its test. She knew that she had a 50% chance of inheriting the KRAS-variant, and was extremely concerned about the implications for her health, as well as that of her young daughter.

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My “best friend and idol,” my mother, Joanne Perriens

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Stories

My “best friend and idol,” my mother, Joanne Perriens

Courage is defined as “strength in the face of grief.” When I look among the faces today, I see the embodiment of courage – cancer patients, caregivers, service providers, medical professionals, and others who have been touched by this disease. Getting cancer, caring for someone with it, and in some cases seeing some die from it shows unfathomable courage. You have no choice. If you ever wondered how strong you are, look to your relationship with cancer and the answer is clear. You are STRONG and you are not alone!

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“I’ve outlived three oncologists”

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Stories

“I’ve outlived three oncologists”

This article draws upon an interview Joanne Perriens had with our MiraGuide Amanda in June 2016. We were deeply saddened to learn that Joanne lost her battle to breast cancer shortly after they spoke on December 23, 2016. We would like to dedicate this piece in memory of Joanne’s remarkable life in the hopes that her unfailing and selfless spirit “can keep living” in all who read of it. In addition, we would like to thank Joanne’s daughter, Laura for providing the text of her keynote address from the 2017 ACS Relay for Life, her testament to her “best friend and idol.”

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“Making Something out of Nothing”

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Stories

“Making Something out of Nothing”

Her mother–a “fighting Amazon of a thing” Michelle affirms–had recently lost her battle to ovarian cancer, and yet seemed totally present to Michelle as she picked up the December 2014 issue of Discover Magazine. Under “New Research” the cover read, “High-Risk Cancer Gene: Who Has It?” Although she herself had not healed from the wounds cancer inflicted on her and her family, and did not know if she could bear taking an even closer look at this disease, Michelle found courage and began to read.

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