October 13 is National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day! Help us educate more women about this incurable form of breast cancer. Learn from people with Metastatic Breast Cancer in our It Takes an Army Stories.
Meet Katherine. This is her story, in her own words…
As we learned from her, “U Can’t Spell Metastatic Breast Cancer Without “Me”….But We Can’t Spell “Cure” Without “U”… Our Day is Oct 13″:
I was 15 when my mother was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer (IBC), a rare but aggresive kind. At that age, you never think a parent could get sick, let alone die.
IBC typically does not present with a lump. The breast often looks swollen or red, a change that sometimes can happen overnight. Sometimes it is misdiagnosed as mastitis.
My mom died a few weeks after I graduated from high school.
I knew that most cancer just happens vs. something that runs in your family. I knew my risk was higher because my mom had it.
I didn’t really expect to get cancer, not at my age.
I was 43 when I presented with a low volume of bone mets. My treatment today is pretty mild but eventually it will stop working. I have a few options I can do before chemo, but when I start chemo I will always be on it. I am glad to be stable. I don’t feel sick.
Last year, I attended the annual Metastatic Breast Cancer Network Conference. I met hundreds of people like me and their families and friends. Seeing other people who had been living with MBC for years made me think that together we could tell our stories and make a difference.
This year’s conference is Oct 28-29 at Johns Hopkins. I hope the other 2011 attendees will draw the same strength and encouragement as I did.
U Can’t Spell Metastatic Breast Cancer Without “Me”….But We Can’t Spell “Cure” Without “U”… Our Day is Oct 13.
Call to Action
Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer? The Army of Women needs you! Learn about this new study here.
Share Your Story
Everyone’s story is welcome. Submit your video (or written story) at: http://www.armyofwomen.org/It_Takes_an_Army_Project
How You Can Help Research
The Army of Women is currently recruiting women who have Metastatic Breast Cancer for the Phase Ib Trial of 2nd Generation Designer T Cells in Metastatic Breast Cancer. The researcher would like to enroll about 12 people in this study.
Learn more about this study here - Phase Ib Trial of 2nd Generation Designer T Cells in Metastatic Breast Cancer. The full list of open studies seeking volunteers are listed at: www.armyofwomen.org/current.
The “It Takes an Army Video” Collection: Yours Stories & Videos
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Additional videos will be added throughout the month of October and beyond.