Even with all the awareness, early detection efforts and pink campaigns, over 40,000 of us with Stage IV die every year. Most breast cancer research dollars goes into awareness, detection and initial treatments but if we truly wish to render this disease chronic instead of a death sentence we need to have more monies targeted to metastatic research and drugs and treatments to keep Stage IV patients alive.
Let's have our voices heard by requesting more funding for metastatic breast cancer from the National Cancer Institute, the largest breast cancer research funding source in the country. PRESS the Take Action button (above) to generate a prewritten email to their Center for Research Strategy. Then SEND it.
Our mothers, sisters, wives, daughters and granddaughters are counting on you to help conquer this disease.
My story began in January of 2012 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a day I’ll never forget – the January chill felt just a bit cooler. I then underwent the expected lumpectomy surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. For nine months of my life, I endured sickness, nausea and fought not for survival – for the gravitas of the situation hadn’t quite become real – but for just a normal day, a day without sickness, anxiety and fear. I endured.
Almost two years after my last radiation treatment I received a call I had been subconsciously dreading, a call I’d hoped I’d never ever get.
“Metastatic breast cancer is incurable,” was the only thing I remember from that day.
The breast cancer had metastasized, spread to the bones in my hip. Now the real fight had begun. I had a terminal diagnosis. Terminal.
A terminal cancer diagnosis such as metastatic breast cancer (MBC) is emotionally challenging, but is also physically draining. So I decided to focus my days doing something that I loved. I am swimming across as many lakes as possible bringing awareness and funding to metastatic breast cancer—a poorly funded and all but forgotten branch of a deadly disease.
Silver linings come in all shapes and sizes. Setting up a collaboration between One Woman Many Lakes and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center begins this lining that will SAVE lives.
Thumbs up and a big cheer to raising almost $90,000 last month! You did it! Not only will the UW Carbone Cancer Center benefit but those of us living with this disease have more than hope to hang on to. Research--our best hope. A gazillion thanks to all who donated.
What does 7777+ Days mean? When I asked my oncologist how long was the longest living metastatic breast cancer patient he had seen, his answer was 20 years. I told him I would beat that by one. 7777 equals a few more than those 21 years I will be hanging around to write this blog, swim lakes and love life. CLICK here to start reading.
Rob here from the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research. Mary and I met with Drs. O'Regan, Burkard and Lang and are pleased to announce our support of Dr. Lang's research of biomarkers of metastatic breast cancer circulating tumor cells.
This research will help predict the benefit of targeted therapies. More details to come.