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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

Heather LoRe: Facing Great Challenge with Even Greater Inspiration

With her feet firmly planted in reality, Heather LoRe, first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and later diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer in 2008, is nonetheless committed to life and to living her dreams unencumbered by negative energy, writes Maryann Dickman on NorthReading.Patch.com. (April 17, 2011)

Dickman's article continues: LoRe's typically upbeat attitude, coupled with an ever-present care and concern for others and their wellbeing, have helped keep her actively engaged in all facets of life.

"People are living with breast cancer," she explains.… » Read More

Lisa: Don't miss a moment

In 2003 I went in for some minor breast reconstruction - I had a tram flap done in 1998 and needed a "tune-up". Prior to the surgery, I was having intense belly pain for a few months and went to my GYN Oncologist. After various tests, we learned that I had a cyst on my ovary, so we thought.


When both my doctors, GYN Oncologist and Plastic Surgeon, started to perform surgery, they found breast cancer on both ovaries and my Fallopian tubes were encased with breast cancer. They removed both of my ovaries and Fallopian tubes and closed me up, because I had mets, breast cancer,… » Read More

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