As we head into summer, I find myself sitting in a hospital room waiting for my bone marrow to recover from the first onslaught of treatment for my leukemia. So far, the biggest side effect is boredom! I have completed the first round of chemotherapy, and am happy to report I am in remission. More than ever, I appreciate all your prayers and good wishes and I want you to know that they have helped me and my family, as well as the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation’s staff as we embark on this journey together.

With your support, we have gained new momentum and energy, and a stronger motivation than ever to figure out what causes breast cancer, and how we can stop it. The cure is important, but all the treatments have side effects as we were recently reminded when Robin Roberts announced that she had been diagnosed with a type of leukemia caused by the chemotherapy she had received. We have to focus on the cause so that we can eliminate breast cancer all together.

The Foundation continues to move toward developing new mechanisms and research ideas that will help us to better understand the breast, as well as potential new risk factors for breast cancer. We need your help and support more than ever. This is not something that can be done by us for you, but rather it is something we have to do together.

Later this summer, you will be asked to be part of an exciting new project called the Health of Women Study, which is focused on identifying new risk factors for breast cancer. We believe that to end breast cancer, research has to be fueled by public participation and merged at the intersection of life sciences, information technology, and medicine. The Health of Women Study will do this and will enable all of you to be our partner in understanding the causes of breast cancer it will truly democratize research.

To ensure this projects success, we need you to join us: with a donation, with your data, and with your good ideas! We can indeed – we must do this together!

Thank you again for all your support!

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39 Responses to First Update from Dr. Love: Remission!

  1. Dr. Love,

    You are strong and will conquer this battle just like my Husband is conquering his Liver/Kidney Transplant.

    Our Prayers are with you. Prayers are the best Medicine.

    Joetta D. Abbazio, President
    Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support, Inc.
    Naples, Florida

  2. Karen Borga says:

    Sending my love and support to you and this entire community. May you feel the love of all the Angels that surround you and keep you in their care.

    ~ Karen Borga, The Angel Lady

  3. D.M. says:

    We ate elated, that you are in remission!
    I think of you often & have been sending you well wishes. I’m sorry you had to see illness from the other side. Make sure you get enough rest when you’re not confined to a hospital room. Best to your family also.

  4. Linda Morgan says:

    Dr. Love,

    Congrats on your remission. One step at a time. Yes, you are a very strong and determined woman who has much to accomplish. Determination, prayer, and love of those dear can do so much.

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers….

    Linda Morgan
    Irvine, CA.

  5. Barbara Thalacker and Terry Reed says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. This its great news. You are so important to this fight and we love you.

  6. Joan Youngblood says:

    Congratulations on this good news. May God bless you & your family. You will be in my prayers for continued success in your remission. Know that you are loved by many.

  7. AnneMarie says:

    What a great way to start my day! This is absolutely wonderful news. My spirits are soaring. Much MUCH love….


  8. Sandi Anderson says:

    Dr. Susan Love,
    Many thoughts and prayers are sent your way. I heard you speak years ago and really just know you are right on when it comes to focus on prevention of breasst cancer. So sorry you have to deal with this now. Bless you and your family.

  9. Lynn Stahler says:

    Walk the walk and talk the talk … so glad you are able and choosing to do this during your recovery time. You are very much loved, respected, and lifted up in prayer.

    As I approach my 8th year since dx, I again say exactly what you found to be true… MAKE AND KEEP YOUR APPOINTMENTS — it’s the responsible (and healthy) thing to do!

  10. Ruth Simpkins says:

    That is just the best news. I just found out I am cancer free also so when I celebrate it is for you too. (Bresat Cancer and Melanoma) Take care, Ruth

  11. Arlene Morris says:

    I am so happy and relieved to hear of your progress in the fight against the deadly disease. You are one of my heroes and have been a steady positive light in my recovery from 3 cancers. Thank you and bless you.

  12. Lorraine Ciccotti says:

    Don’t be bored! Listen to music, watch funny movies, listen to books. Probably for the first time in a long time, do fun stuff!!

  13. Jeannie Wilson says:

    Prayers really work and boost your spirits. You will be in our prayers. My husband is still in remission after a bone marrow transplant for AML last September. My twin brother just raised $60,000 for LLS to help find a cure! God Bless you.

  14. Bev lowe says:

    Yeah, Susan! Can’t wait to see you guys back at St. M’s.
    Bev and John

  15. Pamela Lopez says:

    Congratulations on your remission,Dr Love! Keep on fighting and we will continue praying for you. You are such a lovely, intelligent, determined woman and you have my utmost respect. This world needs you!!! God’s blessings and keep fighting!

    With love, Pamela Lopez

  16. Inke Bauder says:

    Dear Dr. Love,
    that is wonderful to hear!
    Just read Anita Moorjani’s Book “Dying to Be Me”, can highly recommend it.
    Have you heard of Wayne Dyer, also leukemia and he did interesting “healing”.
    My thoughts are with you daily, sending lots healing energy your way!
    Inke Bauder from Michigan

  17. Chris Burton says:

    This is GRRREAT news!! Escape the boredom with funny books, cartoons, videos etc. You and your family are continually in our prayers. Know you are much loved and desperately needed.

    Chris Burton

  18. Claudia Myers says:

    It’s music to my ears to see your message that you are in remission! Oh yes!!!!!

  19. Dear Dr. Love,

    So glad to hear your courageous spirit. It is so like you. Your optimism has always given us survivors courage. Now we can give back to you by helping in any way you need. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Marlene Capell

  20. Kathy Hanley says:

    congratulations on getting the R-word–remission is a beautiful thing!…I’m quite sure that having gone through cancer yourself now, you will be more inspired than ever in your work to combat cancer—thanks for working for the good of all of us
    Kathy Hanley

  21. Green Monkey says:

    (same as Ruth – breast cancer and melanoma and at the moment cancer free)

  22. Jonathan says:

    God bless you Dr. Love! You’re in all of our prayers….

  23. Sylvia O'Connell says:

    Thank you for your courage and honesty. I just know you will beat this !! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

  24. Carol Gibson says:

    Been waiting to hear from you. So happy it is good news.

  25. Diana Calder says:

    So elated to hear that you are in remission!
    I am a 9 month survivor of triple negative breast cancer. I read your book practically everyday! Thank you so much for making a difference in my life! My thoughts and prayers are with you!
    Diana from BC Canada

  26. Gail Feingold M.D. says:

    Dear Dr. Love,

    I went through an unrelated stem cell transplant for ALL at age 59.I am doing very well 2 years later. My doctor told I would face many bumps in the road but I will get to the end of the road. I faced sepsis, CHF , phlebitus, delirium and more.Somehow I climbed over all these obstacles and I,m now very happy.If you want to talk to someone ,a physician , I,d be happy to talk to you. Claw onto life and don,t let go Best of Luck= Gail Feingold M.D.

  27. Constanza Sanchez says:

    Dear Susan: keep on. My thoughts and positive energy are with you.

  28. Harriet Nicolay says:

    Now THAT is a progress report. Way to go, Woman Warrior!

  29. Maristela Simonin says:

    Dear Dr. Susan Love

    Congratulations on your remission! Keep on fighting, we will continue together. All my good thoughts are with you.
    (from Brazil)

  30. Ilene Harnch-Grady says:

    I heard you speak last summer at the Lahey Clinic series in Burlington, MA and your message has been with me since. You are the reason I continued to work to help find a cure and offer myself – and my family statistics – in the fight to beat the beast known as breast cancer. Kindle Fires are a great way to pass the time. Mazel tov.

  31. Eva Dubin says:

    Dear Susan,

    Sending you lots of wishes for a speedy recovery. You are in my thoughts.

    Best, Eva Dubin

  32. Norma McGihon says:

    Your work in the medical field is essential and inspiring to so many, and I share the celebration of good news about your remission! May God continue to bless you and your family in a full and speedy recovery! Please come back to your leadership role in women’s health care stronger than ever!
    Best regards.

  33. Betty Sommer says:

    I had the pleasure of receiving this wonderful news last week at Project Lead from Fran.

    You are such an inspiration to me and many others! Think of you and pray for you often. Keep up the good progress.

    Hugs and blessings!

  34. Lori says:


    Fabulous news about your remission! I am so happy for you! Think healthy thoughts & get out & enjoy yourself a little this summer!


  35. Jean Wierzbinski says:


    Your book was my Bible when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Congratulations on your remission! We need you.

  36. Maria Brown says:

    Dr. Love – I only recently heard about your battle with leukemia. You are one of my personal heroes, and I am glad to hear that you are in remission. Your work has changed the experience of breast cancer for so many women, and has given survivors like me chances that women in previous generations never had. Thank you for all that you do for us.

  37. Arlene G. says:

    Dr. Love-

    I am a FIVE year survivor of AML! May you be able to say the same and more! Blessings on this new life of yours!

    Also as an ELEVEN year survivor of breast cancer, I am greateful to everyone doing research on any aspect/form of cancer!

    Stay strong and live on!

  38. Janine says:

    I didn’t know you were in your own cancer battle. Dr. Love, I am praying for you.

  39. Ronnie-Lee Glance says:

    Dear Dr. Love,
    Mazel Tov on remission. Thoughts and prayers are with you and know that you have a good support system.
    Boredom is not easy to handle, especially for someone like you but there are some advantages to being able to rest which your body needs to get strong.
    Stay strong, think good thoughts and laughter is very good medicine.

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