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Dear Fabbers,

It's hard to imagine that once again the holidays are upon us.

It's been a challenging year for many of us.  During difficult times it's tough to stay positive, that's why every time I was in such a place I would step back to breathe, knowing that even bad things come to an end, and the best is yet to come.

Since I was diagnosed with breast cancer  in January of this year, I made it my mission to spread awareness and reinforce the importance of early detection and to take charge of your own health.

Choose your doctors wisely, do your own homework, be your own best advocate, and follow your heart.

For the last few years Dr. Michael Madden, Fabulously40 expert, has asked me to take the Estronex test . Did I listen? NO, I was to busy working, building, and moving forward.  My whole world collapsed with just one phone call - a few words from my doctor that changed my life forever. "I'm sorry to tell you, but you have breast cancer."

No one will ever know for sure, but what if I had listened to Dr Madden earlier and checked my estrogen ratios then? What if I had been able to reverse the ratio with lifestyle changes and natural supplements? Maybe I could have lessened or even avoided some of cancer issues. Maybe, just maybe I could of avoided living in hell, in pain and with the unknown?

Almost a year later, when I'm still trying to climb the ladder called "life", I want to encourage you to learn from my mistake and NOT do what I did.

Slow down.

Exercise 45 minutes a day, 6 days a week  

(According to my oncologist, this is the ONLY thing that they know for sure has been known to reduce cancer).

Maintain a healthy diet full of vegetables and fruits.

When possible buy only organic

Take your vitamins

Vitamin D3 has been proven to do miracles for your body and reduce the risk of cancer  

Get rid of stress.

Remember my grandpa? Last week he celebrated his 97th birthday, and he reminds me every time I call him that: All sicknesses are from stress, only syphilis is from pleasure.

Self-breast exams are great. Annual mammograms are a MUST.

Love yourself enough to take care of you.  

Your body is your temple and you only get one chance at your health.

Join me on my mission and spread the word - tell every woman you know, "Mammograms save lives, it saved mine".

Get in touch with Dr. Madden today by messaging him or calling and take charge of your health. Forward this blog to every woman in your life, you might just save someone's life.

Cheers to you,

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      Carine Nadel wrote Dec 14, 2011
    • Dear Yana,  don’t berate yourself-we all do things we‘re not supposed to when we‘re struggling to maintain our daily lives.

      we have to do the steps you’ve shared to keep ourselves healthy.  some of us do a better job of it than others for various reasons.

      Stress is a killer-we all know it, yet we all “suffer” from it.

      The key, IMHO, is moderation.  My own “saintly” dh has turned into a very “unhappy” camper this year for reasons that are only partially under his control.

      He’s fed-up w/ his sister’s lack of help dealing w/ their “person who gave birth to them“, he’s not happy w/ his forced change of position w/ the corporate takeover, he’s angry of the lost worth of our home, he just wants to run from it all.  I understand, but what are we to do?

      That said-we all need to put our health on the front, rather than the back-burner and breathe.  A LOT.



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      Angie Stephenson wrote Dec 14, 2011
    • Yana,

      You are a strong woman and that is proof of what you are doing! On behalf of all the women, I thank you for going on this mission of spreading the word about health!

      This may have been a challenge for you, yet you will come out stronger in every way. Thank you so much much for wearing this challenge with your great words and encouragement. That is extraordinary! God bless you.heart



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      Mztracy wrote Dec 14, 2011
    • heart you Yana!



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      Denise Richardson wrote Dec 14, 2011
    • Yana, have no fear, God has you in his bosom, you are such a strong and determined woman to fight this fight and you‘re not in it  alone, God is with you as wel las so many others who are either fighting the same fight for themselves or fighting it for a loved who is currently dealing with it or for those who lost the battle to it! I know first hand about this deadly disease it has taken several family members from me and I make sure I do all I can to support the Karmano’s Cancer Institute here in Detroit. Be encouraged Yana! happyheartheartheartheartheart



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      Linda Hendricks wrote Dec 14, 2011
    • Thanks Yana... I’m glad to hear you feisty again.... I couldn’t agree with you more... stress is terrible... I wish I could learn to turn it off better... I’m trying!

      I didn’t know about the exercise helping fight cancer... I do know about D3 and vitamins though... I started taking vitamins in January and supplements.... and I was on mega doses of D3 from my doctor for 6 months... and i have to say ... I feel great... best New Years resolution.. and about the only one I kept in recent memory...best thing I’ve done in a long time.

      Thanks for all your advice... have a happy holiday and I hope the New Year brings wonderful things your way!

      Hugs,
      Linda



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 14, 2011
    • I just e-mailed Dr. Madden. I was wondering how the test works on someone whose estrogen may be inconsistent. I’m still finishing up perimenopause so I thought I’d ask him. If he says everything is alright, I’m going to get tested, in honor of you, Yana!heart You‘re very dear to me and to us here who you have brought together with your wonderful site, Yanaheartheart



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      Mary Clark wrote Dec 15, 2011
    • Thanks Yana for sharing your story! I don’t believe for one moment that God made you have cancer...but I do believe that he will use YOU to help others.  I have a friend who has a grandson that has autism.  She studies vaccines, meds, and procedures all the time and she has been preaching to me for a long time now on Vitamin D3.  She said that most people suffer a deficiency in D3 and that it helps with the immune system so much.  I’m now going to buy D3 today to take along with all my other vitamins.  Thank God I’m exercising just about everyday, I’ve reduced my weight.  When I go for my OB/GYN checkup after the first of the year I will talk to my doctor about my hormone levels.  So far they have been good and I’ve had no issues.  Last year when you were diagnosed I then made my appt to get my mammogram that I had put off..why I have no excuse.  There is no excuse when it comes to mammograms.  So thank you for lighting a fire under my butt and sharing this very important information.heart

      I wish you all the best in 2012!!



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      Vikki Hall wrote Dec 15, 2011
    • Yana your wisdom and strength is grisly a blessing to me. I have always appreciated that about you.

      I love your grandpa!!!!!  

      Love, hugs and many prayers to you heart



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      Whitney Eiland wrote Dec 17, 2011
    • Thank you for sharing your story Yana, this should be encouragement of what we can accomplish when we don't give up on ourselves or life. We have so much to be thankful for, we are our best support system! Glad I found this site, I needed to connect with you all. I am trying to start a blog and this is confirmation that we can do ANYTHING! Take care!

      Whitney



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      Linda L wrote Dec 17, 2011
    • Yana, thanks for sharing your story and all that you do for us! heart

      Merry Christmas to you and your family and all the best in the coming New Year!

      Linda



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      Marya1961 wrote Dec 21, 2011
    • Yana,

        You are an inspiration to us all!  Not only have you worked hard with this wonderful site, but your on-going commitment to all of us is something that I cherish every day.

        Thankfully, I have practiced much of what you explain above, and it has helped me to maintain a pretty good immune system.  There will be things I cannot control, but all in all, I cannot complain.

        Hub and I have worked hard to decrease the stress level in our lives and to see the joy that life has to hold.

        Thank you for your love and support of us all here, Yana, and bless you and your family in the upcoming year and always!

      heartheartheart



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      Plussize4you wrote Dec 24, 2011
    • Great to see you back Yanna I have not had alot of spare time lately but who has. Great advise! Have a lovely Xmas and hopefully a much better year ahead for all.



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      Paula Bertucci wrote Jan 3, 2012
    • Awesome message Yana...glad to know your doing better...I have been busy on FB...and my life...not an easy year indeed...this will be the year to change things around...wishing you the best always, Paula heart



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      Mariana Calderon-Thornton wrote Jan 8, 2012
    • You are so right but sometimes we are the last person we take care of !! we have to learn to put ourselves in first place, THANKS for being an example for thousands of women !



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      Kimberly Grey wrote Jan 9, 2012
    • Yana, you are such an inspiration! Thanks for the information to help the rest of us prevent and fight cancer! You will make it and we are so grateful to have you here at Fab 40!!! YOU ARE FAB 40!!! heart



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      Darlene Sabella wrote Jan 9, 2012
    • Yes Yana, all the best advise in the world.  This needs to be a mantra that we place someplace to read each and everyday.  This has been such a horrible year for me and so many of us, I thank you and love you everyday...love darski



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      Cherylp63 wrote Jan 26, 2012
    • Yana—it’s been so long since I’ve been on your Fab site....and to find out that you were diagnosed with breast cancer made me so sad. However, I know you as a strong lady—-and you have so many supporters. heart Thanks for all you do!



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      Gabby wrote May 1, 2012
    • Despite your illness, you continue to be an inspiration to all Fabbers. Thank You & May God Bless you with a long, happy life.  

      Love,
      Gabby



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