I AM DIFFERENT – A Black Woman with Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC)

Why do we exist?

Because as a Black women I was given 2 ½ years to live according to statics and only because I am a Black woman. If it had not been for my Chiropractor’s scan and my surgeon with the knowledge of recognizing Inflammatory Breast Cancer as well as being honest with me about this different type of breast cancer my treatment options would not have been good. I set out on a journey to save my life and to educate women and men that there are different types of breast cancer, and that all breast cancers DO NOT come with a lump.

The purpose!

Women need to know about “The breast cancer without a lump”. . The breast cancer that usually cannot be detected by traditional mammograms or ultra sound. The breast cancer they say, Black women are most likely than ALL other women to die from because it is in the skin. Depending on a  woman’s skin tone, her skin may not look red it may appear purple or pink; it may take on a different hue or shade and with very dark skin the color might not change at all.

Brighton Collectibles supports Fighting 4 the Tatas Breast Cancer Organization in their Power of Pink Campaign.


Brighton Power of Pink to Support Fighting 4 the Tatas Breast Cancer Organization

Brighton has announced the arrival of their 2014 Power of Pink bracelets to support breast cancer charities. Through the years, the company has donated more than $5,300,000 to worthy organizations that are working towards the cure. This year’s bracelets will be available from September 26 through October 31st

This year’s bracelet features a Power of Pink commemorative ribbon crafted of bezel-set Swarovski on a pear-shaped, brilliant pink stone. In addition, for customers whose dedication to the Power of Pink knows no bounds, they will offer a matching necklace and earrings, as well as a wide array of additional Power of Pink-themed accessories.

This year, Brighton has added the Coachella Leather Bracelet to their Power of Pink fund-raising campaign. With the Power of Pink ribbon charm attached, this leather bracelet has a casual, effortless appeal–yet still sends a caring message about this very important cause.

To get your Brighton Power of Pink or Coachella Leather bracelet, please visit the Brighton Collectibles Outlet Store at the Cabazon Outlets

48750 Seminole Drive #123, Cabazon, CA 92230, 888.323.5118 

 Your purchase from this store location will benefit the Fighting 4 the Tatas Breast Cancer Organization to help raise awareness of one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, IBC, Inflammatory Breast Cancer and to support their Financial Assistant Programs. 

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Fighting 4 The Tatas Breast Cancer Organization New Year’s Resolution

It is a new year.  Many around the world use it as a new opportunity to change.  Or at least to vow to change something or someone.  Maybe you have promised yourself that you will eat healthier, get up earlier or be more productive this year.

At Fighting 4 The Tatas Breast Cancer Organization, we think it is time for a change, too – a change in how we think about, talk about and approach aggressive breast cancers.  As our knowledge progresses, our beliefs must change to accommodate new information, no matter how much this challenges long-held beliefs and no matter how much we do not like the answers.

This year, an estimated 425,000 women worldwide will die from breast cancer (NBCC)

As you think about the year ahead and the changes you want to make, dedicate yourself to break free from the status quo that continues to take lives, stop the silence.


Genetically Modified Crops Causing a Deadly Pesticide Boom

With all the processed, sugar-laden filth they bring to market each year, I’m constantly amazed that Big Food executives still have teeth to lie through.  For years we’ve watched food conglomerates foist dangerous and deadly ingredients on the American public, only to throw up their hands in an “I know nothing” routine straight out of Hogan’s Heroes once the illnesses and body counts pile up.

But, according to a new study, Big Food may have told one granddaddy of a whopper in its efforts to convince the public of the safety of genetically modified (GM) foods.  It’s the kind of tall tale that would make even Paul Bunyan himself blush.

A major consumer rights group has just issued a shocking research report that appears to show that Big Food was lying through its rotting teeth when it said that GM crops would require less herbicides and pesticides.  In fact, GM farmers are not coating your produce with more dangerous, disease-causing chemicals than ever before!

Food companies have been selling us this eco-utopian fantasy that their GM crops would make farms environmentally-friendly Gardens of Eden.  Big Food scientists engineered herbicide-resistant seeds that they claimed would allow farmers to use far less of these dangerous chemicals that have been linked to everything from cancer to neurological disorders.

The only problem is that it’s a lie.  New research from Food & Water Watch, using data from the USDA and EPA, found that as farmers tripped over themselves to plant herbicide-resistant GM crops, they actually used more toxic herbicides and pesticides than ever before!  In fact, the use of one particularly deadly pesticide has increased ten-fold over the past 16 years!

Turns out the crops aren’t the only plants resisting industrial-strength weed killers the weeds are, too.  The herbicides and pesticides, often created by the same companies selling the GM seeds, have spawned super weeds that are like vampires- they live forever, and you practically need garlic, holy water, and a wooden stake to kill them!

That means that as farmers plant more GM crops, they’re being forced to douse the food you bring to your dinner table with deadly chemicals.  If a salad covered in weed killing poison isn’t your idea of a healthy meal, I don’t blame you.  It’s time to start insisting on organic produce, and getting behind efforts in your state and nationally to make sure all GM foods are labeled so we can make informed choices at the grocery store.

Resource:  Nutrition and Healing / Bob Reagan


Perjeta Breast Cancer Drug


Just in on CBS this morning!  Perjeta Breast Cancer Drug is considered to be a major shift in thinking.  It’s the 1st drug approved for pre-surgery, shrinks tumors and was approved for late-stage patients in 2012.  We are glad that this drug has come out for Breast Cancer as a whole but what about finding a drug that can get rid of IBC and others Breast Cancers that does not have a lump (tumor)?  We can’t forget about IBC and that there is no lump associated with this type of Breast Cancer and that many women and men are dying from it. #WhataboutIBC #FightingformoreresearchdollarsforIBC

Study Confirms Dangers Of GMO Foods

Good morning Fighting 4 The Tatas family, did you know September is national self-improvement month? I found an article I think you should read from Whole Health Insider.
I thought you guys might want to know because I think it leads to cancer, but read it for yourself

Genetically modified organisms.

Even if you didn’t know what this term meant, you’d probably still agree it sounds pretty scary, right?
Well, what’s even scarier is that many of our food staples now fall under the notorious category of genetically modified organisms—or GMO. Even scarier yet, new research is starting to show just how dangerous genetically modified foods can be, and why you should avoid them at all costs.
But before getting into the dangers of GMO, let’s explain how a food is genetically engineered, and why we would even consider modifying it in the first place.

What Are GMOs?

GMOs are a result of genetic engineering, during which certain “favorable” traits of one organism are inserted into another organism’s genes—permanently altering the second organism’s DNA, supposedly for the better. An example of this would be manipulating the DNA of a crop like corn so that it has a built-in pesticide or herbicide component.
This is just one example of how crops are genetically modified. And, in theory, it sounds like a great idea. Less crop loss due to pests equals more crop yields. More crops mean lower cost and fewer people going hungry. So where’s the harm?

Well, consider this: According to Greenpeace, once planted, GMOs are uncontrollable and cannot be “taken back.” This means they can spread and easily contaminate non-GMO populations.1
Furthermore, GMOs are threatening small organic farmers’ livelihoods. Since GMOs are patented by giant agricultural corporations, these conglomerates are known to sue family farmers for alleged patent violations, should they come to “possess” GMO technology as a result of completely uncontrollable contamination.

So what’s a small farmer to do if sued by a multi-billion dollar agricultural bully? Many just quit farming altogether, leaving us with fewer and fewer organic/family-owned farms.
The most disturbing point to make about GMOs is that very little research has been conducted on their long-term safety in animals, much less humans. That is, until recently. A recent study published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences showed just how harmful the consumption of GM food is to rats, with the implication that human health could be put in great danger as well by the intake of GM foods.2

In this study, three different rat feedings using genetically modified maize (corn) were conducted at two different labs, on two different occasions.
The rats were randomly divided by body weight and fed three different commercially available, genetically modified corn varieties. One type (NK 603) was modified to be tolerant to the herbicide Roundup (and therefore contained trace levels of this chemical). The other two types (MON 810 and MON 863) were altered to synthesize two different Bacillus thuringiensis toxins used as insecticides. There were also two comparative control groups fed similar quantity diets of non-GM corn.
Researchers measured 60 different measures of toxicity in the rats’ blood and urine after weeks five and 14.

After evaluating results, they found that the most damage appeared to be in the kidneys and livers of the rats, often in the form of tumors. The rats fed the NK 603 maize showed significant damage to their kidneys and livers, particularly in the males. Those fed the MON 810 also experienced significant harm to their kidneys and livers, but this time mainly in the females. These effects were generally detected after 14 weeks of consumption.

As for the MON 863 maize, researchers witnessed an incredible 34 significant GM-related effects in the kidneys and liver, this time equally among the males and females. Other statistically significant effects included increases in glucose and triglyceride levels (up to 40 percent) in females versus controls, and higher overall body weight (3.7 percent).
In addition to liver and kidney damage, all three GM feed groups where found to have problems with the heart, adrenal glands, spleen and haematopoietic system (which is involved in the production of blood). Most shockingly, 50 percent of males and 70 percent of females died prematurely, compared to 30 percent and 20 percent, respectively, in the controls.

The researchers’ written conclusion says it all: “Our data strongly suggests that these GM maize varieties induce a state of hepatorenal [kidney/liver] toxicity. This can be due to the new pesticides (herbicide or insecticide) present specifically in each type of GM maize, although unintended metabolic effects due to the mutagenic properties of the GM transformation process cannot be excluded.”
This study highlights exactly why altering the genetic composition of food in any way can lead to catastrophic consequences. In 20 or 30 years, we may start to see just how much of an impact GM foods have on human health. But, for now, most people remain completely unaware of the potential dangers lurking in their food.
The easy answer is to avoid GM food. But when you think about exactly how many food products contain the GM ingredient—the top GM foods being corn, soybeans, rice, papaya and sugar beets—you start to realize just how daunting of a task this can be.
First and foremost, you can choose organic produce over conventionally grown varieties. Next, reduce or eliminate the processed foods you buy.
When you do buy processed items, you have to read the labels. If any of the ingredients are not listed as organic, than you can assume they are GM.
Of course, reading labels does not guarantee that you’ll know for sure that every single ingredient in the food item is non-GM, mainly because manufacturers are not required to list every single ingredient used during manufacture.3 The whole process really is an uphill battle, but taking these steps can at least ensure that most of what you eat is relatively safe. Online databases of organic manufacturers exist online to help you out, too.
Genetically modified foods seem to be here to stay—and will likely only get more plentiful. Now more than ever, you have to take total control of your food choices to protect yourself and your family. We urge you to do your homework and say “NO” to GMO—now and in the future.
You can click on this link for additional information:
1. Greenpeace. http://www.greenpeace.org/seasia/ph/What-we-do/Genetic-Engineering/What-are-GMOs.
2. De Vendomois JS, et al. Int J Biol Sci. 2009 Dec 10;5(7):706-26.
3. http://www.safe-food.org/-consumer/shop.html.

I’m still free from IBC. Thank God for I can breathe again!

On the 18th of August 2013, my dear friend and colleague Pattie Bradfield was teaching me how to Skype. (I know, I know, its 2013 and I’m just learning how to Skype J).  Once we finally got Skype up and running and Patti could see me, she noticed something alarming on my chest.  I saw that she kept staring at me with a concerned look on her face and she finally said, “What is wrong with your chest.”  I replied, “What do you mean,” and she responded by saying, “Your chest is swollen and red.”  At that moment, I got up and walked to a mirror and there it was.  It was puffy, red and it sat right below my clavicle.    My heart nearly stopped!  The only thoughts that ran through my head at that exact moment was OMG the cancer has returned! 

Determined yet scared, on the 19th of August, 2013, I went to my breast cancer support meeting and afterwards asked the breast cancer navigator, Lori Nuno at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, CA, if she noticed anything strange on my chest.  As she was checking my chest out, three other ladies came over to take a look as well and they all verified what my dear friend had discovered.  At this point, my palms become sweaty and my head started ache.  As I was not trying to show my concern, Lori said that I needed to get to my primary doctor, ASAP.   The very next day, I called my primary doctor to move my appointment up due to the discovery, however to my pleasant surprise; Lori had already contacted my primary, Katherine Platt as well as the surgeon, Dr. Cohane at Arrowhead Medical Regional Center and on the 21st of August I was meeting with my surgeon.   Lori came with me to my appointment and I thank the havens she did so for the support that she gave me.  As the surgeon was checking me out, he did not notice anything, but Lori insisted that I move positions in hopes that the light would reflect on my skin to show the puffiness and redness that everyone saw days before.  Nonetheless, with all of our efforts, the surgeon still did not see anything.  I was able to breathe a little better but still I wanted a second opinion.   On the 22nd of August 2013, I drove an hour and half away from my home to Los Angeles, CA and had a Thermography exam (CRT) with Dr. Cherilyn Lee, PHD.  According to Doctor Lee, I had (5) hot spots in my right breast, but the print out did not show cancer.   On the 23rd of August I had an appointment with my primary and she also did not see anything and gave me a clean bill of health.   

To sum things up, Thank God I am still free from cancer.   The moral of this story is you must be proactive and forge relationships with your medical team, join whatever support groups that are available and speak up for yourself.  Early detection, even if you have already had cancer can still be a life saver.  You never know who is going to move mountains for you when in need.  I was extremely impressed by the actions of all of those mentioned above and not mentioned.   I’m blessed,  for I live to fight another day.

If you want to read more of my stories please check me and my organization out at fighting4thetatas.org and keep referring back to our blog. 

For public speaking engagements or for public appearances please send your request to Joshlyn.earls@fighting4thetatas.com

Founder/President Joshlyn Earls attended the 2nd Annual Conference Breast Cancer & African Americans


I want to keep this short and sweet for I am still processing what I experienced yesterday and to sum it all up in one word, AMAZING!  I had a great time speaking and just being a part of the 2nd Annual Conference Breast Cancer & African Americans event yesterday, at the South San Francisco Conference center.   To be around so many positive and strong women is a true blessing.  Thank you Pamela H. Ratliff, Conference Administrator/Chair and Sr. Community Partnership Manager at the Stanford Cancer Institute for inviting me to be present at such a wonderful event and giving me a chance to represent my organization. 

I learned so much from the Biology of Cancer, the many disparities of Breast Cancer in African American Women, new techniques on how to eat healthy and live well before, during and after cancer, practical solutions for reducing risks of Breast Cancer for African Americans, refining the role of radiation for Breast Cancer, and so much more.   These issues affect so many of us every day and to be in a place where all of the information is giving to you at one time is unprecedented.  I believe that I have a duty to learn as much as I can and share as much as I can for not only myself, but for my daughter, my granddaughter, and all of the women and men across the world that may be affected by Breast Cancer in some way. 

Can’t wait until next year’s conference- Joshlyn Earls (Founder/Current President of Fighting 4 the Tatas Breast Cancer Organization)



Joshlyn Earls will be awarded by the Nonprofit Sector Foundation on Saturday, March 16, 2013. Event brought to you by Crocs Cares and Oprah Magazine

Greetings All!  We have exciting news and would love for you to Save the Date for this Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 6pm to 8pm.  Founder/President Joshlyn Earls will be awarded by the Non-Profit Sector Foundation, Croc Cares, and Oprah Magazine for her outstanding and selfless community services efforts.  Joshlyn along with the other CA winners will be honored at Moss Bros, 12630 Motor Way, Moreno Valley, CA 92555. Event is Free!  For more information visit our webpage at http://www.fighting4thetatas.org and to RSVP visit www.nonprofitsectorfoundation.org/RSVP 

Congratulations Joshlyn your Awesome!   Image


Fighting 4 the Tatas Breast Cancer Organization 2012 Halloween Fest-Rialto CA

Rialto, California (November 22, 2012) – This past October, over 100 families received Halloween costumes, enjoyed working hand-on with the Home Depot Kids Workshop Team, decorated pumpkins and other crafts, ate ice cream and creatively expressed themselves through Fun 4 U, face painting and balloon services.

Donations earned from this event went directly into the Fighting 4 the Tatas Children and Youth Aware Program. A program geared towards the child’s needs while they transition into a life where a loved one has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer or has succumbed to breast cancer. Services offered within this program included; counseling services, health and wellness, support groups, fun excursions, workshops, scholarships and grants, education and life skill building, and much more.

Thank you to all who came and supported. See you next year!
Fighting 4 the Tatas Halloween Fest Committee

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