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A Message From Dr. Love

Dear Family and Friends of the Dr Susan Love Research Foundation,

I want to let you know that I have been diagnosed with leukemia on a routine blood test. I will be undergoing treatment over the next several months and expect to fully recover to continue my position as the President of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.

During my temporary absence, I have complete confidence that Naz Sykes, our Executive Director, will continue the critical work of the Foundation. Naz has been my right hand over the past seven years, and her outstanding performance and sound judgment have been critical in making the Foundation what it is today. We are also very fortunate to have the leadership of our Board of Directors, under the direction of our Board Chair Kate McLean, and our Board Member Karen Duvall, MD who will serve as medical advisor until my return.

As many of you know, I have never shrunk from a challenge. I plan to bring my indomitable drive and energy to overcoming this and will be back to work as soon as possible.

All of our current programs will continue during this time. No other freestanding breast cancer organization is as heavily invested in the research process as we are at the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. The Foundation is currently working on the development of a breast fluid test to identify women at high risk for breast cancer, as well as planning research into potential causes of breast cancer both infectious and environmental. And our innovative Love/Avon Army of Women Program is thriving, with more than 365,000 volunteers nationwide.

In addition, we will be launching the Health of Women (HOW) Study this October. This new Program of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation will change the way we collect patient reported health information as well as create a new model for data sharing within the research community.

You are vital to everything we do. It gives me great comfort to know that the organization’s most trusted supporters are working tirelessly to advance our mission of eradicating breast cancer once and for all.

We will share updates when appropriate and I would love to hear from you, so feel free to send your good wishes to me by commenting below.

With Warmest Regards,

Susan Love, MD

Janet said...

Dear Dr. Love,
Very sorry to hear the news. I will hold you in my thoughts and prayers. You have always been there for all of us (breast cancer survivors and patients) and we will be there for you. God speed and go out and conquer the leukemia beast!!
Janet Vincze
North Reading MA

Virginia said...

Oh MY… I’m am SO incredibly sorry to hear this news. You are truly a hero of mine and will continue to be so. And you have to know that you have an INCREDIBLE bunch of women that are and will be praying for you. PLUS I’ll send out one of my famous WALLY WALLY WOOKIE chants every day. God Bless, and as Janet said God Speed. Damn Cancer.
Ginilu Robinson
Soquel Ca

Melissa said...

Dr. Love,

I am sorry to hear of your diagnosis, but as a cancer survivor, I know that there is hope and a long and wonderful future for you. My family and I will pray for you and wish you the best. Hang in there. You have an Army of Women behind you!

Melissa Menkel McGuire
Baltimore, MD

Laurie said...

I cannot tell you how much your research has helped me. I had all my breast cancer care (double mastectomies, et) done at ‘The Faulkner’, where you began your research. I can only wish you well. As you are too well aware, having a positive attitude and a lot of fight and support can help so very much. You, in your case, have an entire army of women at your back. Hopefully it was caught very early and you will come through with flying colors. Should you need donors for anything, there are enough numbers in the army to meet whatever need you might have. Best of luck and let us know if we need to circle the wagons for you!
Laurie Williams
Norwood, NY

Sara said...

Dr Love,

It never seems right when someone is diagnosed with cancer. It is always a jolt to hear of someone like you being diagnosed. It is such a painful reminder that cancer does not care who you are and can affect any one of us.

God speed to you during your treatment. I pray for your strength and spirit during your own battle. May the women you have battled for over these many years lift you up and give you strength.

Chattanooga, TN

Barbara said...

Dr. Love,
So sorry to learn of your diagnosis. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Hang in there–there is always hope! As a 10 year survivor, I know about the power of prayer. You have so many supporters behind you–you can do it! Barbara Stilwell; Lexington, S.C.

Beverly said...

I am so sorry to hear this news!! You have supported us all through our breast cancer diagnoses and treatment, and have been there for our families as a constant source of inspiration and reliable information. Now it is our turn to lift you up with our prayers and support. May God Bless you with the strength you will need to undergo this treatment. I am praying for a rapid cure. Hold on….. you are in for a wild ride!!

Beverly Vierling RN
Breast Cancer Survivor and Proud Army of Women member

Eileen said...

Dr. Love: I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I know, however, that the road ahead is paved on all sides of you with all the people - women and their loved ones - who are holding your future and good wishes in their hearts…mine included. Be a warrior for yourself. Eileen Richter, Brooklyn, NY

marjorie said...


You’ve given us lots of comfort and I’d like to send that back to you!
You’re in my best thoughts for an easy and timely return to your treatment free self!

Best, Marjorie
Somerville, MA

Linda said...

So sorry to hear of your diagnosis. You are, and will continue to be, an inspiration to thousands of women and their families. We’ll all be waiting to hear that you have personally conquered your own cancer. I am adding you to may very lengthy prayer list. Linda Franzitta; Virginia Beach, VA.

Toni said...

Dr. Love, I hope and pray that you have the type of leukemia that is very treatable and maybe even curable. We have all gained strength and empowerment from being part of the Army of Women and as a breast cancer survivor I send you positive thoughts and energy, strength, hope, and healthy healing throughout your treatments. You will be in my prayers and I wish you Godspeed in the days ahead.

With healing thoughts,

Toni Moumouris (Connecticut)

Gayle said...

Dear Dr. Love,

I am very sorry to learn of your diagnosis! You are a prime example that cancer does not discriminate towards who it affects. I wish for you much strength and support as you face this challenge–just as you have offered all of us survivors over the years. Take this time to focus on your health, visualize the chemo meds chomping up the cancer cells like a Pacman game, reflect on the endless contributions you have made to help find a cure and know in your heart there are thousands of survivors keeping you in their prayers.

Gayle R. in Tucson, AZ

C Sue said...

Dear Dr. Love,
I’m very sorry to hear of your leukemia diagnosis. I hope you have one of the curable versions, though surviving treatment is also important. Make yourself your first priority and return to us when you can.
C. Sue Diehl
Albany, CA

Martha said...

Sending healing energy out to the universe for you to capture as you need it~
Your strength and commitment to all women’s issues, especially breast cancer, has saved innumerable lives~
Bring that life force now to yourself~
Wishing you all good things.

A said...

Dr Love,

You are in my heart and will continue to be. No matter how many people you’ve been around with cancer, facing your own diagnosis is a thing all it’s own. It is always scary. Be as brave as you can be, and ask for help whemever you need it. That can be one of the hardest things to do. Let go of the bravery when you need to. Remember that allowing others to help helps thm too.

Much love,
Berkeley, CA

Nancy said...

Best of luck to you as you walk a path you have helped many of us walk before you. Cancer sucks, but is made bearable by the embrace of those who love and support us. You are embraced by so very many, and you will endure. ~ Nancy from Connecticut

Lee said...

Crap! Many thoughts and all good energy coming your way.

Diana said...

Prayers for you!

Phyllis said...

Prayers for you and for your family. You are an inspiration!

Brenda said...

Dr. Love, word of your illness has spread within the breast cancer community like wildfire and is usually met with a chorus of expletives and “oh, no” comments. Please know that for every woman who posts a comment here, there are many hundreds who don’t…but who know and care about you. Please count me among them.

May your treatments be as easy to bear as possible, may they be 100% effective, and may your new health status after treatment (which even in the best of circumstances will not quite be what you have enjoyed to date) enable you to continue doing the work that you love and that has benefitted so many families touched by breast cancer.

Michele said...

So sorry to hear of your diagnosis. I am sure you will give this 200% energy just like you have given all of your work. You WILL overcome this! Thoughts and prayers going your way.

Elizabeth said...

Very sorry to hear this! All my best wishes on your treatments and hope you are back to good health very soon. You will be going through this with a whole army of women lending their virtual support.

Kathy said...

Dr. Love,
My thoughts and prayers go out to you. When I was diagnosed my mantra became CCKMA! (Cancer can kiss my a**). Stay strong. I wish you all the best.

Rebecca Wish said...

Dear Susan,

You were so helpful, clear and respectful of me when I had a very minor problem years ago at the Faulkner. Even as you recovered from your broken leg which you ‘obtained’ in Mexican waves, I believe!

I have total faith in your recovery. A friend who was recently diagnosed is doing triathalons (your style!)and her fundraising group is called, “Screw Cancer”.

Take good care of yourself and allow others to do so for you too!

Much love and healing thoughts,

Rebecca, Newburyport, MA

Susan said...

Dear Dr. Love,

When I was diagnosed with BR CA in 1993, I read your breast book, thus began the journey with knowledge and understanding. I am now 19 years cancer free! It wasn’t a piece of cake, but I made it. Thank you for your perseverance for the Army of Women, now we are there for you. Hold onto God the Creator, He is there for you, too. I am also praying for your recovery.


lLinda said...

Dear Dr. Love,

I just want to say thank you for all the hard work you have done for breast cancer research. I pray that this study will be the answer to so many women and men’s lives. Now about your leukemia, this is part of your story, but I pray this is a short chapter for you. We are all praying so go in God’s loving graces and take care of yourself cause we need you and want you back.
Get your healing on
Linda, Green Bay, WI

Janice said...

Dear Dr. Love, Because I read The Breast Book between diagnosis and my treatment for breast cancer, I armed myself with the most pertinent and insightful facts to chose my treatment. When I heard about Army of Women, I immediately joined to try to “give back” for all that I got from your insight and information. I now offer you the wisdom and hope that so many of us survivors got from Dr. Susan Love and the Research Foundation. My best wishes to you, your partner, and daughter at this difficult time.

Helen said...

I am so sad to hear that you have had to endure a cancer diagnosis. Your ongoing battle against breast cancer has been so encouraging to so many myself included. I loved joining the Army of Women to help in fighting an epidemic illness that has affected so many women, myself and others in my family as well. I wanted to do anything possible I could to help you and your team out. I look for those opportunities whenever I get notices from The Army of Women. Now I am adding my prayers for your recovery and strength while going through treatment. I wish you well in your battle.

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Catherine said...

There is no doubt that you will win this fight with leukemia! Hey, this disease picked on the wrong person! A doctor becoming the patient is a total flip in the universe, but am sure you are coping. Wishing you speed in your recovery, cure of the disease and continued spirit to help you along the way. Remember, God always has a purpose for our experiences and when you win this battle, you will be stronger and wiser. We need you!

marjorie said...

I wrote earlier but just wanted you to know my thoughts for a strong recovery continue! Marjorie

Millie said...

May God give you the courage and strength to fight this and win! Thank you for all you have done for breast cancer research.
Millie-7 year breast cancer survivor.

Kathy said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you!. Thank you for being there for women. I remember you as a resident at the Bi . You were wonderful then and just got better and better . I knew you were destined for great things back then!

Joyce said...

Dear Dr. Love:
I was so sorry to learn of your diagnosis and my prayers and heart goes out to you. As others have previously said your work and books have given so many of us breast cancer survivors encouragement and helped us understand so much better how to deal with our own cancer battle.
God’s speed in your recovery.

Sherrie said...

Dear Dr. Love,
As a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient, I offer my prayers and positive thoughts. These beasts have chosen the wrong women to attack as I know you will fight with all you have - just as you have fought for us. Your most recent book was a gift from my best friend who found it for me the night before my lumpectomy. You gave me a voice and the words to ask the questions to help me on my journey. I cannot do that for you, but I pray that the words will be there for you, too.
Let the healing begin!!!

Nanci said...

Sometimes when you know so many people,everyone thinks you have so many to help you , they don’t offer. I am offering to drive you to an appt, or help you in anyway I can. I live 1.5 hours away,but no problem. Please LMK if I can help you.
God’s speed in every aspect of your journey.

Janine said...

I never felt more loved than when I was going through my breast cancer ordeal. I hope the same for you. You will be in my thoughts.

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