Dear Family and Friends of the Dr Susan Love Research Foundation,

I want to let you know that I have been diagnosed with leukemia on a routine blood test. I will be undergoing treatment over the next several months and expect to fully recover to continue my position as the President of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.

During my temporary absence, I have complete confidence that Naz Sykes, our Executive Director, will continue the critical work of the Foundation. Naz has been my right hand over the past seven years, and her outstanding performance and sound judgment have been critical in making the Foundation what it is today. We are also very fortunate to have the leadership of our Board of Directors, under the direction of our Board Chair Kate McLean, and our Board Member Karen Duvall, MD who will serve as medical advisor until my return.

As many of you know, I have never shrunk from a challenge.  I plan to bring my indomitable drive and energy to overcoming this and will be back to work as soon as possible.

All of our current programs will continue during this time.  No other freestanding breast cancer organization is as heavily invested in the research process as we are at the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.  The Foundation is currently working on the development of a breast fluid test to identify women at high risk for breast cancer, as well as planning research into potential causes of breast cancer both infectious and environmental.  And our innovative Love/Avon Army of Women Program is thriving, with more than 365,000 volunteers nationwide.

In addition, we will be launching the Health of Women (HOW) Study this October.  This new Program of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation will change the way we collect patient reported health information as well as create a new model for data sharing within the research community.

You are vital to everything we do. It gives me great comfort to know that the organization’s most trusted supporters are working tirelessly to advance our mission of eradicating breast cancer once and for all.

We will share updates when appropriate and I would love to hear from you, so feel free to send your good wishes to me by commenting below.

With Warmest Regards,

Susan Love, MD
President

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549 Responses to A Message from Dr. Love

  1. Barbara Abrahams says:

    May your leukemia respond quickly and completely to treatment! Thank you for your tireless work in the cancer field. Heal, heal, heal!

  2. Betty Sommer says:

    Thinking of you daily and knowing that you will come through this all with flying colors. As everyone has said, you are such an inspiration to so many.

    The Army has your back. You have hundreds and thousands lifting you up in prayer. You are special and are loved greatly!

  3. cindy says:

    I was shocked to read this. I hope you have a speedy recovery & regain your strength quickly. Stay positive!

  4. Cathie Green says:

    Echoing the sentiments of the hundreds of others responding here … you have provided knowledge & thus power when I needed it. Here’s wishing the same for you Dr. Love.

  5. Christine Hanni says:

    Dear Susan,
    I will be thinking of you and Helen and Katie and sending energy to you all. Big hug.
    ~Christine

  6. Kara Corridan says:

    Dr. Love,
    You have so much on your side–not the least of which is karma, goodwill, the admiration and gratitude of the hundreds of thousands of people you’ve helped over the years. And let’s not forget your fighting spirit! I’ll be one of the legions keeping you in my thoughts in the coming months.

  7. Cynthia Bell says:

    dear Dr. Love,
    Thank you for your brave pioneering work and for sharing your priceless knowledge over the years.
    I am praying for your recovery.
    Cynthia Bell

  8. Beverly Freed says:

    Dear Dr. Love:

    May the positive energy you have given to so many of us follow you in your time of need! You played a major role in my dealing with Breast Cancer (1992) and I continue to gift your Breast Book to each new friend diagnosed. Thank you for the difference you have made in so many lives and will continue to make as you return to good health. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Beverly

  9. Willy van Bragt says:

    Dear dr. Love,

    Sending you my very best wishes to overcome all this.

  10. Lane says:

    Dear Dr Love,

    I know you will have a speedy and full recovery for 2 reasons:
    (1) lots of good karma, obviously and
    (2) the love, support,prayers and positive energy beaming your way from not only your army but also, undoubtedly, millions of others who you have helped in so many ways over the years.
    I’m quite sure I’m right about this. All the best to you, Lane

  11. Rose says:

    I was blown away by this unexpected twist in your life — as you probably were, too! When I was diagnosed with breast cancer 6 years ago, I kept wondering why. A year later, I got my answer. Unfortunately, that was when my 35 year old niece was diagnosed with bc. My own experiences allowed me to be of great help and comfort to her. So, here’s hoping that the silver lining to your own cancer diagnosis is that you, too, will come to see the value of this experience (terrible though it is) to your continued mission to end breast cancer in our life time. You are our leader, our guru, our strength — I will be reminding the good Lord of this day and night until all is well with you again. Sending prayers of thanks for all you have done for us so far & prayers of strength for you in your immediate journey ahead.

  12. Bernard Friedenson says:

    You have been an inspiration to me for your dedication, clarity and caring. But after so many years taking care of others, it is time to take care of yourself. As you destroy those diseased cells, please reserve for yourself some of the hope you have given to so many others. I know you will have a speedy and long lasting recovery.

  13. Marie & Anne says:

    Dear Susan,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We know your fitness will be a great benefit to you at this time. Wishing you a speedy recovery,

    Love, Marie & Anne
    Dublin, Ireland

  14. Beverly says:

    Dr. Love –

    You are so very loved and I wish you courage, strength, and health to fight this cancer.
    Love, Beverly

  15. Susan Whitley-Clark says:

    Dear Dr. Love, I had the pleasure of being your first assistant at UCLA. Even though I worked for you such a short time the one thing is that you are a very strong and impressive woman. If anyone can beat leukemia it will be you. You will be in many thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Susan

  16. Desiree Neft says:

    My heart sunk when I saw this yesterday. Damn. We need you, we love you and are here for you like you have been for us. God Bless you and I hope your treatment goes swiftly and you’re back where you want to be ASAP. Now you need to take care of yourself and we’ll be praying for you.

  17. Sheila Crigler says:

    My heart sank when I read the opening statement of your email. May all the energy you put into breast cancer be returned from your treatment. I met you back in the days of PJ Viviansayles. You are needed to continue the fight. All the best!!

  18. Marlene Share says:

    You were greatly missed at yesterday’s Women, Wealth and Wisdom Conference at UCLA yesterday. I hope you felt the swell of good wishes and love we all sent to you!!
    Marlene Share

  19. Dr. Thomas Anderson says:

    No matter how much money is raised to “eradicate” breast cancer, it will never happen. It is a false promise. The only “cure” is prevention, and that means fresh whole foods, not the low-fat or refined oil imitations marketed as “healthier.” Vegetable oils promote cancer, dairy fats protect against it. That’s the most important thing to remember.

  20. Olivia Beck says:

    Dear Dr. Susan,
    You were my inspiration 20 years ago when I was your patient at Faulkner Hospital in MA. Your personal caring was more than anyone could expect. At the first NBCC rally in DC, your enthusiasm radiated to the crowd, as it always does. All the encouragement that you have given to others will now be sent back to you, knowing that you will beat this with the amazing courage you possess. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Take good care of yourself and return to your work healthy and well.

  21. Dolly Peponides says:

    May you have a quick and complete recovery. I have had the privilege of hearing you speak some years ago and I know you will battle leukemia successfully, because you are a determined person. Your talks and books have been a treasure trove of information and your compassion is unsurpassed. There are too many well-wishers out there so cancer does not have a chance.You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  22. Dorothy Grant says:

    As a recovered breast cancer patient, I want to say how sorry I am to hear this news. I was a patient of yours at Faulkner Hospital about 25 years ago. I survived, in the year of 2010 I had uterin cancer and survived that through Mass General. My grand daughter who is now 13 had nonhodgkins cancer at 7 and survived that. It is amazing how many people in our lives are affected. Through working with you so many years ago, you have given me the education and support I need to help so many people as well as myself. I am not Cindy Grant who has a great education in this field, I am her mother. She faxed this to me today and I wanted to respond immediately. Have your book, etc.I will pray for your full recovery and strength so you can continue on your courageous and caring journey…Sincerely, Dorothy Grant, Martha’s Vineyard off coast of Massachusetts.

  23. SoCalLisa says:

    Wishing you the best..you were the “go to” person for me when I began my breast cancer journey back in 2000. Sending hugs ,

  24. coline says:

    Dr.Love, God bless you! You are a strong person and a positive person and that ia half the battle.I found this out firsthand.I am a 7 yr.BC survivor and I remember thinking to myself, you are not going to beat me you @#&*#*! I will pray for you.

  25. Carla Williams says:

    I am shocked, as are many. You have the Army behind you on this. Sending good thoughts your way.

  26. Anita Miller says:

    may your determination you showed in energizing other people in the fight for breast cancer help and strengthen you in this new fight. If positive vibes have an influence on recovery you have the whole army behind you and let all these energies support you in this process

  27. Dear Ms. Love:
    I met you for the first time when David Harder and I interviewed you for the book THE TRUTH ABOUT BOOK. You were so kind to contribute your Voice.

    As a breast cancer survivor (1983), I support your foundation’s efforts. And in this new challenge, I support you with thoughts of healing and recovery.

    You’re still here and your work is not over.

    Best,
    Barbara

  28. Bertha says:

    Dear Dr. Love, I pray that you will recover soon we need you for the fight against breast cancer, you are the backbone for this cause. GOD BLESS

  29. Tina says:

    Dear Dr. Susan Love,
    Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as you endure your treatments. You have dedicated so much of your life to breast cancer research, which is appreciated by so many (myself included as a breast cancer survivor). Allow yourself the needed time to focus fully on progressing through your treatment. We look forward to having you back on the front lines soon!!

  30. Andrea Duval says:

    When I was given your book -it calmed me down and allowed me to think of recovery and my options–May you have a speedy and complete recovery-it’s a marvelous thing you are doing with the foundation-and hopefully it won’t be long before you can continue your work in the best of health.

  31. Andrea Duval says:

    When I was given your book by an angel just a little a head of me in her recovery -it was an inspiration-giving me my options and hope-you are doing marvelous things in the foundation–wishing you a speedy and complete recovery and that you will be able to continue your work with complete health.

  32. Pamela Tibok says:

    Dear Dr. Love,You are the reason why I knew I had Paggets Desease. My cousin had given me your book and I happened to see a picture in it of Paggets. I got to meet you at Robert Wood Johnston Hospital when you came for a Breast Cancer event.I am in your corner and I know you can beat this Leukemia! I am a 14 year survivor and you too will be a survivor. Love to you and prayers! You will do this!!!

  33. Lynn Bittel says:

    Dear Dr Love,
    Your booK was a great inspiration for me when dx with bc. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Listen to your body, and Never give up! Friends and family are our best healers and of course Prayer! God Bless Lynn

  34. Chris Burton says:

    Dear Dr Love,
    As you journey through treatment to recovery, know that there is a symphony of prayers lifting you up.

    The army of lives you have blessed, sings a million chants to strengthen your unconquerable will.

    Blessings & Love on you and your family.

    Chris Burton

  35. Lennie Spino says:

    Dr.Susan Love,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Please know that you have helped both me and my sister when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Your knowledge and care supported us through that very difficult time. We are looking forward to your recovery and return to your work. But for now, listen to your body and feel all the love and support coming to you from these messages.

  36. Ryann Chamberlain says:

    Dear Dr. Love,

    You have been the friend, you have been the cheerleader, you have been the advocate, you have been the doctor–it is now time to be the patient and the survivor.

    Like many others, I joined the Army of Women years before my recent diagnosis at age 33–it’s an amazing instrument in advancing research and I’m honored to be a part of it. Thank you for all that you’ve done in your career and may the many MANY thoughts of friends, family, and fans help to aid in your recovery at this time.

    Best of Luck,
    Ryann Chamberlain

  37. Heather Ochs-Balcom says:

    Dear Dr Love-

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. You are an inspiration.

    Please take good care of yourself!

    Heather Ochs-Balcom

  38. I am shocked to read that you have been diagnosed with Leukemia. I am so sorry. It was your book that kept me from having a mastectomy (advice from my surgeon) and realizing that having a lumpectomy was an option for me. I am so grateful for your printed words. YOU ARE A FIGHTER, ALL THE LOVE AND BEST WISHES OF BC SURVIVORS WORLDWIDE ARE BEING SENT YOUR WAY. WITH ALL OF THAT…I KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO DO WELL IN YOUR TREATMENT.

  39. sharon austin says:

    dear dr. love,
    i have followed you (including attending your presentations) since 2004, (i was stage 3)and if i know anything about you, you will “fight like a girl”. that means you will fight harder than anyone.
    i am sending you thanks for all you do, and get well wishes for all you will still do.
    love,
    sharon

  40. Patti B says:

    Dr Love,
    Kick leukemias butt. You have an army with you in thoughts and prayers.

  41. Linda Steele says:

    Healing thoughts with love. You have been an inspiration to me and many others. Your an example of what a person can do to help others. A beautiful person in all ways. Speedy recovery, Love Linda

  42. Kathleen Keough says:

    Dear Doctor Love,
    You are an amazing woman, physician,advocate and teacher. I know that the love and support gathered from this blog will carry you far into your treatment and survivorship. You have my prayers, warm wishes and regards.

  43. Maria Senkel says:

    Dr. Love,
    What a beautiful person you are.

    As you turn the focus from helping others to that of taking care of yourself, I hope you have enough time to really grasp the magnitude and the impact of your contributions to women’s issues. You have touched the life of so many women and I know you are not done doing that because it is in your nature and that passion will be rewarded here on earth.

    I can’t wait to see you succeed on your mission. In my mind I already see it.

    The best to you. I think this will be just a small bump on the road for you. We’ll be seeing you in action soon!!

  44. Serena Nelson says:

    Dear Dr. Love,

    On July 28 I attended the 24th Annual BMT Reunion at Stanford Medical, attended by 350 happy and healthy former transplantees and 650 family, friends and caregivers. It was the most joyous and inspiring event I have ever attended. The stories of courage along the journey were amazing. I wish you all wonderful, healing thoughts in your journey, and thank you for everything you have done for all of us.

  45. Think of you today and praying for healing and peace. Thank you for always fighting for us!
    Candy

  46. Alison says:

    Dr. Love,

    Attitude is everything. Those cancer cells have no idea who they are dealing with!
    Thanks for all you do for all survivors.

  47. Maureen Estes says:

    You go girl !!! Hope you are taking as good of care of yourself as you have for all of us others. First met you at UES where our children attended school when I was first diagnosed with BC. Then years later caught up with you at a Campbell Hall lecture again getting valuable information regarding my 2nd bout with BC which has taken me to Stage 4 because of it’s spread to bones & skin. All this time, I have been grateful for your kindness in spending your time to speak with me.THANKS to you & your research, I continue to live a full life with my family. Wishing the same for you in my prayers. May you find laughter everyday! Get better soon. Sincerely, Maureen Estes (mom to Trevor(20yr) & Ian(27yr), wife to Alan for 31yrs.)

  48. Colleen Rohan says:

    Dear Dr Love–

    I have never heard of anyone more aptly named. I am a breast cancer survivor (one year so far, and counting). Your book enabled me to obtain real information, so that I could ask intelligent questions and engage in mutually beneficial dialogue with my excellent doctors here in The Netherlands, where I currently work and live. Emphasis on the word live. I wish you strength, hope, support and positive thinking; all the things you gave me.

  49. Suzie Neiderheide says:

    Dear Dr. Love, I am a 13 yr. breast cancer survivor (diagnosed stage 4 at the time). I am a reach to recovery volunteer and I also volunteer at our state of the art radiation center in Reed City, Michigan. I had read your book while going through treatment and it helped me greatly. I recommend it to all the breast cancer patients I talk to.
    Good luck with your treatments and bless you for all the work you have done for cancer victims everywhere.

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