"I never knew about metastatic breast cancer disease until my sister was diagnosed with it."
I would like to see more funding and more awareness for metastatic breast cancer.
I never knew about this disease until my sister was diagnosed with it. She is a strong single mother and it hurts me to know that she has to fight for her life on a daily basis. It’s been 3 years since she’s been diagnosed – she is doing really good with her treatments but it’s really scary to know that it could change in the blink of an eye.
We need more research so she can be cured and live a long life. She needs to be here for her children. She deserves to see them grow up and have families of there own. She is stronger than she knows. I am thankful for her.
In December 2014, I had a bilateral mastectomy for DCIS (Stage 0). In April of 2016 (16 months later), the cancer had spread to my bones. After genetic testing and being positive for BRCA2, my ovaries and tubes were removed and tested positive for cancer cells.
I was originally diagnosed in February of 2011 at age 40: stage 3b IDC, bilateral mastectomy. Chemo, radiation, two reconstructions. Ah, it was over. Then, I went for a check up in May and had to go for a biopsy. Yup, stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. My world crumbled.
Thirty percent of women with stage 0, 1, or 2 breast cancer will go on to develop stage 4 metastatic cancer, where it leaves the breast and goes elsewhere: liver, brain, lungs, bone, etc. These women depend on research for longevity of life.