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. What we learn from Terri is “You certainly need an army of help and support during a cancer diagnosis. I have been blessed with a wonderful family and friends that have supported me through all of this.”
Meet Terri. This is her story, in her own words…
I have a diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer with spinal bone metastasis since 6/09. I did not feel sick or have any pain at the time, just an itchy redness on my breast that looked like a bug bite. It was frightening to hear of my stage IV diagnosis from the start.
I was sent from my obgyn for a digital mammogram and sent for a biopsy & soon later referred to my oncologist. I was run through numerous tests, MRI, brain MRI, bone scan, and Pet scan to determine correct diagnosis. IBC is treated with chemo before any other treatment is given. I had 8 months of chemo and later went on Femara being Estrogen +. I also have been on monthly Zometa for the bone mets. Being stable for a year, I was able to do a bi-lateral mastectomy. Six months after surgery; my Pet scans are stable and show healed bone mets at this time. I was thrilled to be able to have the surgery as my scans before the surgery still showed cancer in my breast and inflammation.
You certainly need an army of help and support during a cancer diagnosis. I have been blessed with a wonderful family and friends that have supported me through all of this. I’ve also received great support and information from online boards. It’s so nice to find someone who is going through exactly what you’re going through. I’ve received so much help with chemo complications and tips on recovery from chemo, surgery and reconstruction.
I know inflammatory breast cancer is not widely heard of. Less than 5% of breast cancer patients have inflammatory breast cancer and we still have less than a 40%- 5 year survival rate. I believe it is crucial to support cancer research to find a cure as over 200,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.
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
The full collection of videos is at:http://www.armyofwomen.org/It_Takes_an_Army_Videos -
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Additional videos will be added throughout the month of October and beyond.