10+ Years Stories
When someone says they have been living with mets for 10 years… all heads turn. We all pay attention. We all want to hear their story.
And, time seems to stand still when someone tells us they have been living with mets for 10+ years!
Living with metastatic breast cancer is a challenge, and these stories give us hope. If you have hit that 10 year mark, please share your story with all of us.
Anne's Story: 11 years and counting...
I was first diagnosed in January 2003 with Stage II-III (I fell into both categories), ER+/PR+, Her2+. I was 42, married, and a mom of 3 boys: 11, 5, and 2-3/4. Just like everyone else, this was not part of any plan I had made! Initially, I found a lump doing a breast self-exam in November 2002 but since I had lumpy breasts I thought I would wait a month to see if the lump stuck around. In January, I felt the lump again. Nothing showed up on a mammogram (now I know it was because of dense breasts) but ultrasound showed the lump; a needle biopsy followed,… » Read More
Bob’s Story: Accepting things as they come
In 2001, I went to the doctor because I had a lump in my breast. Although I knew that it was unlikely for a man to get breast cancer, I was still relieved when the lump was found to be benign. I was diagnosed with Gynecomastia. In 2002, I had intense pain in my clavicle. I went to the doctor and I was diagnosed with a fracture. I had surgery and a biopsy. The biopsy was benign. In January 2003, I had more pain in my clavicle which resulted in a second surgery and and biopsy. I was diagnosed with metastatic male breast cancer (with metastasis to the bone). It was just days after my 41st birthday.… » Read More
Lauralee's Story: Double-Digit Survivorship
You have metastatic breast cancer -- a stage IV cancer. Those are words you never want to hear. How could this be happening to me? I was 48 years old and always did my breast self-examinations, went for clinical exams and had a yearly mammogram.
As a nurse I knew what stage IV meant, and I thought I knew how the story ended. My story, thankfully, has not ended the way I thought it would. I'm still here. My cancerversary was in February. I have been living with stage IV hormone positive breast cancer with metastases to many of my bones for 11 years. I like to say I am into double digits… » Read More
Kathy's Story: 16 years and Counting
I grew up in the sixties and seventies when a root beer float (or 'black cow' as we call it here in the South), a red vinyl bar stool, and Johnny Angel crooning from the jukebox at the local drug store, were as close to heaven as one could get. It was an innocent childhood filled with sleepovers under the stars, unlocked doors, and catching lightening bugs in Mason Jars. It did not prepare me for the cold reality ahead.
Right after college I married and moved out to California where my husband was a part of the first graduating class for the brand new Top Gun program. We… » Read More
Sue: A bumpy, yellow brick road
I was not surprised that I had breast cancer when I was 41, since my mother was diagnosed at the same age, but went on to live until age 80. But I was surprised that after treatment for DCIS and four years of careful surveillance, a fast growing lump seemingly "came out of nowhere." I delved head first into the world of breast cancer: research, support groups and advocacy.
I worried daily the first few years, finally settling into the survivor role. I was courageous, diligent, and could breathe a sigh of relief, working with women newly diagnosed, giving them hope that they… » Read More
Send us your story!
If you have been living with mbc for 10+ years, we want to hear from you.
Email your story of no more than 500 words to us by pasting this address in your email program: email@example.com . Include your name and phone number - and don't forget the photo!