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I'm kind of a different metastatic case. I've been off chemo for over a year! I had breast cancer, then they found breast cancer cells in my liver. I went back on chemo for 18 months. I took a break to feel better, and my oncologist has kept me off of chemo.
I am 39 years old (soon to 40 on October 18) and a mother of three. I found the lump myself on February 22, 2018. I went to see my gyne and she ordered a mammogram and ultrasound. I had a biopsy on March 13 and was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer on March 20.
I went in for my very first mammogram in July after turning 40 this past January. From there, I was told I had to have more pics and an US done, and, from there, I was sent to have a biopsy, which ended up being taken out of three areas and not just one as I had been told at first.
I was diagnosed metastatic at initial diagnosis. Never saw it coming. Had just had a mammogram 2 months before that never revealed the cancer. Since being diagnosed and starting treatment, which was a clinical trial that has since been approved by the FDA, I live in the moment.
Quite by surprise, I found out I had Stage 4 Metastatic Ovarian Cancer. After 9 hours of surgery, I was in the hospital for 2 weeks. A young Oncologist came to tell me I was going to die within a month. He would listen to me tell him I wasn’t going to die, so I found the baddest Woman Oncologist “Dr. Bigman”, who said she would help me live, that was just about 20 years ago.
Metastatic cancer has been the worst thing that has ever happened in my life, but at the same time, I can tell you, as weird as this sounds, I'm thankful for it. I live life much more intentionally now. I notice sunrises and sunsets. I ask people how THEY are. I look people in the eye. I always say thank you and mean it. I'm more passionate about women's health and funding for that.
I have learned that advocacy comes in a variety of forms. I used to think that I had to be all over social media or be edgy and loud to get my voice heard. Not true at all. You can remain completely anonymous, but still post on various social media platforms.
I was diagnosed Stage I at 29 yo in 2007 and completed a lumpectomy, chemo, radiation, and 9 months of tamoxifen. 6 years later at 35yo I was diagnosed Stage IV with bone mets. I had a pathological hip fracture, had surgery and radiation.
I was originally diagnosed early stage in 2013 when my daughter was 3...had lumpectomy and 33 rounds of radiation. 3 years on tamoxifen and in 2016 I was diagnosed with Stage IV, ER+ her- Mets to plural lining of lung and scapula. It was been 2 years since I was diagnosed stage IV.
I am a fortunate woman. My first breast cancer diagnosis came in 1996, on Christmas Eve. Chemo and radiation tamed the beast for 17 years, until I developed another cancer: my thyroid. It's thought that the thyroid supplements may have awakened the beast again.