Moving in the right direction

For some reason, I often find myself in the craziest of situations, like my life is a Saturday Night Live skit, or I am channeling Lucille Ball.

Here is what happened this week:  As you know, my hair was falling out fast and furious, so I had my hairdresser come over and cut it Twiggy-style, which is about 1 inch all around. I knew it wasn't going to be easy to deal with, but it had to be done.

I tried on various scarves and hats, and a synthetic wig, but I just couldn't get with the program.  I really did not want to go out.  So I stayed home.

After two days, my sister called me and said, "I am right outside your house. You are coming out whether you like it or not. Just throw that gorgeous Etro scarf on your head and come outside."

I'm the elder sister, so I always want to be a good role model.  We had a nice breakfast, and I decided to walk home for the exercise.

But then, as I was walking down busy Sunset Boulevard, a gust of wind came from out-of-the-blue and blew the scarf off my head.

There I stood with my bald head in utter disbelief. I was sure every driver was staring at me as I ran down the street chasing my gorgeous scarf, rolling like a tumbleweed.

I thought, this is exactly like an episode of I Love Lucy!  I cried when I got home, then laughed like crazy.

Remember my mantra: laughter heals.

I will be having my fourth chemotherapy treatment this afternoon. The one horrible side effect is radiating bone pain down my legs. It feels like my legs are being squeezed by a vice.  All the over-the-counter pain medications do not work.

Also, something very weird is happening to my tongue. I feel like I am losing taste and am developing sores on the edges of my tongue.

The good news is that I have half of my eyelashes left, and my eyebrows are falling out slowly. This is life on Abraxane.  Four bad days and three good days.

But my tumor markers are moving in the right direction, downward, and I am hoping that they will fall at a greater rate as I continue these treatments.

I could never do this without the strong support of my family and friends, great doctors, my mission of raising tons of money for women's cancer research and watching a funny movie or sitcom daily.

I also appreciate all of you wonderful readers. Your letters and well wishes have made a big difference in my life.

So spread the word of early detection and make sure the women you love make their appointments for mammograms and pap smears. Ninety percent of breast cancers caught in Stage 1 are curable.

Noreen Fraser is living with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. She is co-founder of STAND UP TO CANCER and co-produced the TV show, which raised 100 million dollars for cancer research.  Noreen went on to create the Noreen Fraser Foundation to raise money and awareness for women's cancer research. The 'Men for Women Now' program enlists men to ask the women they love to make appointments for their mammogram and pap smear. For more information: go to  Noreen can be reached at and followed on Twitter @noreenfraser.