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It it is never easy to share the news of another life lost to metastatic breast cancer. But it is particularly hard to let you know that our dear friend and MBCN board member Ginny Knackmuhs has died. Our sincere condolences to Ginny's family, friends and fellow advocates. Ginny's accomplishments on behalf of MBCN and her fellow patients are far-ranging and enduring. She was the anchor of our website--a trusted resource for people around the world. Ginny was MBCN's treasurer and webmaster but her reach far exceeded those official duties.
Adrian held a special place in my heart because like my mom, she had inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). IBC is a rare, but aggressive breast cancer that doesn't have a lump. Overnight, a person's breast may become red and swollen with the skin having the texture of an orange peel. It accounts for about 5% of all breast cancers and is usually found at Stage 3 or Stage 4. People with IBC are often misdiagnosed--their cancer may be confused for a breast infection such as mastitis.
We are sorry to share that "Dancing With Cancer" blogger Jill Cohen died this past Thursday, August 11, 2016. Jill lived for a remarkable 14 years with metastatic breast cancer. She was 56 years old.
After Laura's most recent gamma knife treatment to treat the breast cancer that spread to her brain, she drew a self-portrait of herself in "the cage" aka the head frame used to ensure a patient remains in the exact same position for the procedure. Her drawing was so powerful it prompted us to invite her to share her story--and like Laura, this story is multi-faceted. Brain mets is part of it but there is so much more.