Author Archives: dp4peace

About dp4peace

I was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles when I was 12. I graduated with a BA in Journalism/Advertising from San Diego State University. After a short stint in magazine ad sales in LA, I was offered my dream job working for Club Med. I spent two years working at resorts in Mexico, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic and Colorado. My husband Glenn & I met while working at Club Med in Ixtapa, Mexico. We returned to "real life/jobs" for three years before we embarked on a two year honeymoon around the world. Together we wrote a book called "When The Travel Bug Bites: Creative Ways to Earn, Save and Stay Abroad." I am also the author of "Cheatnotes on Life: Lessons From The Classroom of Life," a quote book for new graduates. Glenn & I live in San Diego with our two boys: Skyler, the Yogi and Cody, the Buddha! I enjoy running, yoga and working on projects that bring more peace, health and light to our world.

Evaluating DCIS treatments — do you know your “survival” statistics?

“There is strong evidence that treatment of DCIS in most women has no clear effect on mortality reduction.” – Finding the balance between over- and under-treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) “Risk of development of metastases and/or death in … Continue reading

Posted in Health, Options, Resources, Support | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Namaste — My 4-11 Blessing to All

Today is 4-11 — a perfect day for a quick check-in… and “namaste” blessing to all! On April 1, I celebrated my birthday with a visit to the Self Realization Fellowship Mediation Gardens in Encinitas. I said a prayer of … Continue reading

Posted in Health | 3 Comments

Keeping Patient Perspectives at the Forefront of DCIS Research

Patient Advocates from across the US and around the world came together to share insights about DCIS at the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. The COMET Study Patient Leadership Team presented “Changing the DCIS Conversation: Development of an Alternative Discourse by … Continue reading

Posted in Health | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Active Surveillance P L U S — Donna’s Vision

“Active surveillance” of a potential cancerous condition through periodic medical imaging in itself can be extremely stressful — and the anxiety, worry and fear of cancer developing or progressing may not go away as time goes on.    Active Surveillance … Continue reading

Posted in Health, Options, Personal Stories, Sanity, Support | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Aggressive Treatments for DCIS — or NOT? New Research Sheds Light

I hope every woman diagnosed with low-risk DCIS today knows they have a great opportunity that did not exist for me (and thousands others) in the past.

I feel an incredible sense of gratitude to all the forces and people that have made the COMET Study possible — to the physicians and cancer centers who are making it available — and to the women who will participate. Thank you! Continue reading

Posted in Health, Options, Personal Stories, Resources, Sanity, Support | Tagged , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Bye-Bye Mammograms: Hello SonoCiné Ultrasound

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein As more and more studies reveal the sad truth about mammograms, many women are left wondering what to do. We all want better, safer and … Continue reading

Posted in Health, Options, Personal Stories, Resources, Sanity, Support | Tagged , , , , , , | 17 Comments

DCIS Decision-Making — What Makes Us Different?

Why is it that a majority of women diagnosed with DCIS choose the path of “standard” aggressive treatment (mastectomy or lumpectomy plus weeks of radiation and years of “prevention” drugs), while a small minority say “NO WAY — this is … Continue reading

Posted in Options, Personal Stories, Sanity | Tagged , , , , , , | 28 Comments