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Carol: Finding joy in a dark time

I am a 66 year-old retired nurse. I was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in October 2010. It was my first cancer diagnosis, and I was shocked, not only because of the seriousness of this disease, but because I had a negative mammogram 4 months prior to the discovery of "the lump." I discovered it in the shower on September 11th...another reason I will always remember that date! I had an itchy feeling on the lateral side of my left breast. I remember scratching and realized it was the same location as the stereotactic biopsy of the left breast I had in February 2009. The results of that… » Read More

Pamela Lipton: Being ready to deal with a new treatment

In February, 2005, after a routine mammography, I was diagnosed as stage 1. One month later, I was informed it was probably stage 2. Then my oncologist ordered a scan to "make sure the cancer hadn't spread." Wow... that had never even occurred to me. I was stunned that cancer spread was even a possibility. I was still reeling from the initial diagnosis of breast cancer.. and now my head was filled with thoughts of possible cancer spread.


As it turned out... my cancer was not stage 1 as first thought .... it was not stage 2 as they later thought.… » Read More

Shirley: Taking charge of your own care

Since September 2003, I have been living with metastatic breast cancer.


My experiences underscore the importance of taking charge of your own care. When my metastatic disease progressed, I did not give up on myself. I educated myself and became my own advocate. Because I was able to find the right doctor for me, get the best treatment for my tumor, the course of my disease changed.


Six years ago I was given 1 year to live... and here I am today... standing strong!


I was first diagnosed with primary breast cancer in 1991. I was… » Read More

Noreen Fraser : Living with Incurable Cancer One Day at a Time

I am a 57-year-old mother of two almost-grown children, and I have been living with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer since 2003.

I've had breast cancer since 2001, but it has recurred twice-the first time in my bones and just last month to my liver. My doctors would say I am the perfect model for the future of cancer. I have managed to stay alive with incurable cancer for 10 years thanks to my doctors and my body's ability to keep my cancer at bay with estrogen blockers.

With the diagnosis came the realization that I might not be around much longer. I could not imagine… » Read More

Kim Roberts: Not going to give up

Hello. My name is Kim Roberts and I am a stage IV breast cancer survivor. I am 44 years old, divorced, and have a 13 year old son. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, went through all the treatments, and was declared cancer free a year later. I then went through a painful divorce after 13 years of marriage. My son and I moved into an apartment in 2008 and began a new life.

It was very hard for a while. I was still recovering from the cancer treatments while grieving the break up of my family. I put on a happy face when I had my son for the week, but as soon as he left to go… » Read More

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