First of all I want to announce, fanfare please, that I am back to work at the Foundation!  I am feeling stronger every day with my new bone marrow and very short hair.  If I were to encapsulate in one word what my recent experience with leukemia has inspired, I would have to say impatience. I have been talking for years about the collateral damage that patients experience from cancer treatments and now I know them first hand.  They are not acceptable!

While we all want a cure, we have to focus collectively on finding the cause!  I have come back to work with new energy focused on research strategies going forward that can have an immediate impact on women’s lives and move  us closer to finding the cause and true prevention! I told you I was impatient!  Stay tuned, as we will need all of you in the Army of Women and Health of Women Study (HOW) study to participate as we move forward!

While out on leave, my team at the Foundation has been steadfast in their efforts to introduce our innovative research projects.  We launched our Bacterial and Viral Diversity Study in collaboration with Delphine Lee MD at the John Wayne Cancer Institute this November. This is a very exciting exploratory study to see if a virus or bacteria could cause breast cancer.  We have already begun out sample collections at the Foundation.  We are collecting fluid from the ducts of Army of Women volunteers and  characterizing all of the non-human DNA we can find.  Then, we will match it to known viruses and bacteria and see who is there!  This is the first step to determine whether breast cancer could be caused by a virus or bacteria.  I’m thrilled to be back doing research and to have this exciting project underway.  Updates to come!

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79 Responses to Back in Action

  1. Diana Helm says:

    Dear Dr. Love: I did not realize that you had been ill. I am so glad to hear that you are recovering nicely. My 2 daughters, age 36 & 41 and also myself are breast cancer survivors. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you do for the cause. Life is such a journey. God Bless You, Dr. Love

  2. H R says:

    Welcome back! Best wishes as you continue on your journey, and thank you for everything you do for us.

  3. Susan Miner says:

    Thank you for letting us know how you are!! I have been very concerned. You are one of my hero’s, ever since I read your Breast Book when my sister was diagnosed 10 years ago. I will continue to recruit as many people as I can. SO glad you are OK!!!!

  4. Barbara Neuman says:

    Congrats Dr. Love! So glad you’re back…I have been waiting for news. Please don’t overdo it! We need you with us for a very long time!
    Love for Love…

  5. Lynda says:

    I did not kow you were ill, but So glad you are back. I hope this year brings you much health, happiness and inspiration. We need more dedicated people like you in our lives. Thankmyou for our devotion, but please take it easy while you recover from all you have been threw.

  6. Maxine says:

    Dear Dr. Love,

    Welcome back to the wonderful work that you do. Stay healthy and strong, so that you and your Army can proceed with finding the cause and the cure.

  7. Jan K says:

    My prayer for you is for total healing. Thank you for what you do. You have a vast support group
    of volunteers with warm hearts and big hugs for you right now.

  8. Mary Jean Collins says:

    So grateful you are back and feeling even more energized and motivated to identify the causes of cancer. Your first book came out at the same time I was diagnosed with breast cancer. it was a lifeline of information and support. Thanks for that and all you continue to do. Health and strength!

  9. Chris Ryan says:

    Dr. Love, I did not know you were experiencing a health issue. I am praying for your complete recovery. I am a breast cancer survivor who has read your books and answered your call to arms. Take care of yourself so you can keep up the good work.

  10. LOLA says:

    Welcome back!

  11. Lynne Reiss says:

    I can’t tell you how pleased I am that somebody is finally looking into the causes and prevention issue (instead of the money-making treatment issue). Your book helped me navigate breast cancer 15 years ago and I am happier and healthier now that I was before my diagnosis. I attribute much of my success to learning to take care of myself and lead a balanced life. I am glad for your passion but caution you to take care of yourself – and delegate where you can. I am so glad you have recovered.

  12. Ruth says:

    “Collateral damage” it is! Leaves at least some of us wondering if the cure may not be as worse or almost as bad as the disease. Best wishes for continued health.

  13. Heather C says:

    Dearest Dr Love,
    I usually lurk, but today I wanted to take a moment to encourage you while you go through your healing from leukemia and belatedly and personally thank you for all the information your book provided while I was going through breast cancer in 2011. In a sea of erroneous information, careless comments and numerous opinions from well-meaning friends, it was something I could cling to and reference when I had questions.

    Shortly after I finished my breast cancer my child was diagnosed with leukemia. It hurt me more than the breast cancer treatments and still does.

    You were a source of information and inspiration as I had my journey and even though I never thought it would be possible – now I hold you in an even higher regard – and I am praying fervently that you kicked the leuk’s butt.

    Warmest and kindest regards,

  14. Ellen says:

    Dear Dr. Love, I’m so glad you are back. Thank you for your website, and all your work on behalf of those who have dealt with cancer. May you heal well and that you dance with NED! Take good care.

  15. Midge says:

    16 years ago I was given the diagnosis of breast cancer, and I thought surely it was a death sentence. I was given The Breast Book by my sister-the-nurse, and my fears were slowly calmed. At each step of treatment, I was able to read what was coming and find answers that the doctor didn’t always know. I thank you for that.

    But more needs to be done. I have lost friends and dragon boat teammates to this horrid disease.

    You are in my prayers every day. And thank you for this website and all the studies that are happening! I wish you health and happiness!

  16. Constanza Sanchez says:

    The world of women and the world of science rejoice for your comeback. Congratulations.



  18. judy b says:

    Dear Dr. Love,
    I actually went online to see how you were doing healthwise — and found the HOW study and did the first questionnaire. So in case you wondered just how far your reach is…. 🙂 One of my sisters died last year from
    breast ca and another currently has stage one. You have been a pioneer and an inspiration and a lone voice
    for so long…. Wishing you a speedy and full recovery. God bless.

  19. Lynn says:

    Dear Dr. Love,

    I did not know you were diagnosed with luekemia. I want to say how glad I am that you are feeling better and back to work, and I pray for your continued recovery and health.
    I was first diagnosed with hyperplasia atypia in 1996 and then 7 years later DCIS. It was then that I read your book. It was so wonderful to know exactly what to expect with this diagnosis. And then again 7 years later in 2010, minute calsification was found on a mamogram only much more widely spread. My surgeon was 70% to 80% sure it was again DCIS, but this time it was too wide spread for just a lumpectomy. I was looking at a mastectomy. Again , I turned to your book and even emailed your foundation with a question on New Years eve before the biopsy results came back as to what I can expect and got an answer. Your foundation means a lot to me and millions of women . My biopsy that time turned out benign. But breast cancer as well as all cancers need to be eradicated. Thank you for all you do.

  20. Susan Zager says:

    Dr Susan Love, it is a pleasure to have you back. I was so excited to hear your voice on January 10th during the webinar about the Dr Susan Love Research Foundation. Since you attend so many breast cancer events, I can’t express enough how much you were missed and how incredibly uplifting it was to hear you voice back in action after what must have been some incredibly difficult treatment for leukemia.

    The work that you are doing is vital to us finding a cure for this terrible disease. I also really appreciated your answer to my question about the metastatic community as you explained some of the advances being made. There is still so much work ahead of us.

    On a personal note, I hope you are easing back in to your work slowly as you have been through a great deal with your treatment. Thank you for your continued dedication with breast cancer and all that you do with your Foundation, Army of Women, HOW study, appearances, etc… And your books, my favorite edition is the one that you signed for me at the BCCRF Foundation meeting where you also spoke and sat at my table bringing up great conversation about breast cancer and the future.

    While you were in treatment I also participated in a study that I was eligible for. Welcome back! XoXoXo – Susan

  21. Leigh Bogle says:

    Impatience, I love it. Until lat year I have never been sick seldom have a cold, never had the flu, don’t get stomach virus. Turned 60 and found breast cancer, I’m the first lucky one to get it. I’m with you I want to know how we get and how to stop it treatment is barbaric.

  22. Laurie says:

    Dr. Love,
    I am so grateful to read that you are back at work and feeling better. I was a patient of yours many years ago (MA). All the best to you as you regain strength and health.

  23. Karen says:

    Dr Love,
    Best wishes to you in your recovery from treatment. Was looking for news of your health after fishing for yet another informed answer to one of my ongoing queries re breast cancer (diagnosed 2 years ago). Glad to hear you are doing well.
    Thank you so much for your website, blog, book, and ongoing fundraising and efforts on behalf of cancer patients.

  24. Ginger Durgin says:

    It was so good to see you on Saturday. What a wonderful surprise to learn that it was you that would be doing the procedure. You look great.


  25. Welcome back, Dr. Love!
    All of us at The Side-Out Foundation are happy to read that you are doing well.
    Wishing you continued health and a wonderful 2013,
    Your friends at The Side-Out Foundation

  26. Linda Neitzel says:

    Dr. Love — So sorry you’ve been ill. Your book gave me so much courage and inspiration, as well as top-notch information, when I had my breast cancer in 2006. The horrific fear that gripped me upon diagnosis was eased considerably by reading your book. I could never thank you enough.

  27. Mel Huff says:

    Dr. Love — I want you to know how grateful I am for “Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book,” where I first read about inflammatory breast cancer. Your clear description of this little-known disease impelled me to go to Houston for a fifth opinion, after being misdiagnosed four times.
    At Baylor’s Breast Center, I was not only correctly diagnosed but was enrolled (in 2001) in the country’s only clinical trial of Herceptin with a single arm, so I knew I would not get a placebo.
    I owe my life to you, and I am very sorry to hear of your difficult diagnosis. As the Quakers say, I will be “holding you in the light.”

  28. Wendy Wilson says:

    Hi Dr. Love,
    When diagnosed with Breast Cancer nineteen yrs ago, I carried your book around in my arms while I walked through my neighborhood at 3am terrified of proceeding. I kept your positive and rebellious leadership in mind throughout the treatment. I felt you as an advocate for women surviving. I just cried when I read about your diagnosis, feeling so angry that such a healthful force for cure was cut down. We want you to stay surviving and continuing tobring your force of energy and cure to women.

  29. Val Casavant says:

    So glad you’re back. Your book is the only thing that kept me sane since my diagnosis in March 2013. Thank you so much!

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