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New cancer drug

I read an article about a month ago about a new drug that is out for the treatment of breast cancer. My initial reaction was skepticism, as the experience that I had with Dick’s chemotherapy was not good. He suffered through chemo while we (the family) prayed that it would make his pain better and ease his discomfort. It didn’t. In hindsight, I have asked myself many times whether it was worth what he went through. I don’t know…he lived a few months longer, but without a better quality of life. So when I read this article, I think I went in with a bias. I read it and then began to do some research. The more I read, the more I was pleasantly surprised. The drug is for aggressive breast cancer, which many times affects young women. It is very expensive. I believe it costs about $94,000.00 for the treatment. It has no side effects, no hair loss, no nausea and it would give the patient another 6 months of life. Still in my mind, I kept thinking about my experience with Dick and the cost. And then this morning, I opened a drawer and there was a picture of me with my 6 kids 20 years ago. It was a Christmas picture and all of them were gathered around me. Annette was 3 and Nick was about 6……and it hit me. I would have paid any amount of money to try a drug that would have given me 6 more months of life to be with my family…any amount. I would have suffered any side effects to have more time with them, if that had been my situation. A dear friend of mine was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer recently. All I can say is thank God that there is so much research going on today and that women have more options. But actually, I can’t imagine anyone not wanting more quality time with their loved ones. So thank God for this drug.

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Warwick’s Book Signing La Jolla

Warwick’s Book Signing La Jolla This Sunday!


Weekend with Locals-Kris Ochoa-Keane and Stephen J. Oddo

Warwick’s Book Signing La Jolla

Mar 25 2012 12:00 pm

As part of our continuing series of Weekend with Locals events, Warwick’s will be hosting Kris Ochoa-Keane, author of Avalanche: Lessons of Love on Sunday, March 25th at 12:00pm

Avalanche: Lessons of Love tells the true-life story of Kris Ochoa-Keane’s journey through tragedy, betrayal, perseverance, redemption and enlightenment. Kris felt compelled to share her real-life experiences so others who grieve can discover their own message of hope. In doing so, Kris reveals her innermost fears, revelations and cathartic insights in a moving and emotional memoir that challenges readers to change the way they view the events that comprise the fabric of their lives.

This is a very exciting time for Kris and I as our labor of love – Avalanche: Lessons of Love – makes its debut. The level of support from family, friends and in some cases, complete strangers, has been incredible. We hope this website will act as a forum for those who have read the book to discuss their impressions of the book and its messages. We look forward to hearing from you in the days ahead ….

-Steve Oddo

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