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My journey with breast cancer began in February of 2016 when my son was just 9 months old. I felt a lump in my breast and within a short two month I had two surgeries and was diagnosed with stage 3A breast cancer. I was blessed with a tremendously compassionate community of helping hands that supported and encouraged me through the next steps of chemo and radiation treatments. By November of 2016 I was finished with breast cancer. I had fought like a girl and kicked cancer’s ass…or so I thought. By November of the following year, the cancer had spread to my liver and spine. I was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer when my son was a mere 2.5 years old. My world came crashing in once again as I heard the words treatable not curable. Those first few months were filled with shock and a growing realization of what it all meant - treatment for the rest of my life, trying to balance quality of life and side effects from the treatments that would hopefully keep the cancer at bay, a life expectancy of 3 years. In the last 3 years and 6 months, I have experienced periods of stable disease (when we had control of the cancer) as well as some progression (disease that has grown). I have learned that it is a roller coaster of emotions and I am trying not to fly too high or sink too low. The unpredictability of when my scans will show progression makes it difficult to plan. But I am trying to worry with a purpose and continue to live my life as best as I can. At this point I am on my fourth line of treatment. My next treatment option will likely be IV chemo. So hope for more available options is especially important to me this year.
On October 3rd, 2021, I will stand tall and proud with the hope of raising awareness of metastatic breast cancer. I will walk with a dream that the money raised for MBC research will lead to more effective treatments and maybe even a cure. And I will honour those who have lost their lives, others who are currently living with the disease and those who are not able to participate themselves. I invite you to share what you’ve learned about MBC with others, make a donation (every dollar counts), or even join me as I participate in my first walk. Together we can change the future of breast cancer!
Thank you in advance for your kindness and support.
Breast cancer becomes fatal as the cancer travels beyond the breast and lymph nodes to vital organs such as the liver, lungs, brain, and other locations. Researchers still do not understand why breast cancer metastasize. Once the cancer has spread it is known as Metastatic Breast Cancer or Stage IV Breast Cancer. Approximately 20% to 30% of people with early breast cancer will develop MBC. People living with MBC will be on treatment for the rest of their lives. As one treatment stops working, the next will be used. Currently there are only so many treatments available to those with MBC. The median life span for someone with MBC is only three years.
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