Tag: Metathriver: Living with MBC
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.
At the end of the day, I’ve had to relinquish my Type A tendencies to control the trajectory of life and take each day much more slowly. To be present now in the lives of my boys. To cherish my husband and family.
Because of my stage IV, metastatic disease I'll be on some type of therapy for the rest of my life. In the meantime, I am going to continue to advocate for more research to find a cure for this dreadful disease.
I really didn't want to know what metastatic meant, so I didn't really look it up. I was just trying to do everything in steps.
Two days before Christmas in 2016, I was diagnosed with metatstatic breast cancer which had metastisized to the liver and bone. The goal is to have quality of life for my remaining years until a cure is found. We need a cure for this horrific disease! I don't want to see any more women get diagnosed.
This is not my story. This is my cancer. My story is my faith, my marriage, my family and my heritage of love and faith to those that I've met along my journey. Please remember me, not my cancer story.
I was diagnosed in 2010. I am on a hormonal pill and get a bone shot every 3 months.
I have learned that life is truly a gift and that I cannot dictate where it will take me but it is up to me seize every opportunity, to derive pleasure in the smallest of things, and never take good health for granted.