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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.
Five years ago this month, I was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer. This is not a journey I would have willingly chosen but one that I will use to empower and move me forward.
MBC needs more support, definitely more funding and public awareness is all needed to end the 40,000 deaths each year.
It was a long journey for me before I was able to make peace with my diagnosis and find the strength and courage to live again.
To all the ones who have died with this horrible disease: I pray you haven't died in vain, that money and research will find a cure. I pray your daughters and sons and grandchildren will not have to face this in their lifetime and that a cure will be found.
I was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer on New Year’s Day 2016. I felt like the universe was playing a joke on me. As a Registered Dietitian, I counseled people on making healthy food and life-style choices. How ironic that practicing what I preached failed to protect me from stage 4 cancer.