MBCN in the News
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November 9, 2015
By Shirley Mertz, MBCN President!For many years, especially in the month of October in the U.S., the media and breast cancer organizations have written stories and celebrated women who have received an early stage breast cancer diagnosis, gone through treatment and now see breast cancer in their “rear view mirror.” For these women (Stage I, II or III disease), treatment has an end and they can get on with their lives.
August 1, 2015
By Rebecca Hyman, easton.wickedlocal.com
Barbara Bigelow and her husband Tim walked into a jewelry store in Wickford, R.I. recently and were both drawn to the same Indian amulet.
The silver pendant is decorated with an image of Durga, the warrior goddess, riding her tiger. She is strong and beautiful and full of rage, Barbara Bigelow said.
Tim Bigelow bought it for his wife immediately.
She has stage IV metastatic breast cancer. The average life expectancy for someone with her condition is 26 months, she said. Bigelow says she plans to fight until the end even though it is a battle she does not expect to win.
She will fight not because she is afraid of death, but because she loves life, she said.
Barbara Bigelow is a warrior.
June 9, 2015
By The Huffington Post, Leigh Weingus
In 2012, Holley Kitchen was diagnosed with breast cancer. After being treated with a double mastectomy, chemo, radiation and hormone therapy, she thought her cancer battle was over. But in November of 2013, she was told her breast cancer returned and had spread to her spine and bones.
Kitchen now has stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, an aggressive form that spreads outside the breast. In hopes of informing people about breast cancer and everything she and other women living with breast cancer are going through, Kitchen put together a three-minute video in which she silently presents written facts while Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" plays in the background. Since she posted it to Facebook, Kitchen's video has gotten over 43 million views.
October 15, 2014
By Press Release
NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On National Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) Awareness Day, October 13, the MBC Alliance revealed the results of their Landscape Report, Changing the Landscape for People Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer. The MBC Alliance, representing 29 cancer organizations, releases the report on its one-year anniversary after a comprehensive year-long analysis of current MBC research and patient needs, as well as information and services.
October 14, 2014
By chad Estes, Idaho Statesman
Last October I partnered with my friend Trina Klier-Murri and three other Idaho women with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) to write an article for the Idaho Statesman that shared the difficulties of coping with the disease. In a culture full of pink awareness, save-our-boobies campaigns and "a portion of the proceeds will benefit" merchandising, the realities of MBC too often go unnoticed. Cancer, when it is contained in the breast tissue, is a life-altering bully, but if it escapes to a person's organs, it can be a killer.
October 9, 2014
By Nick Mulcahy, Medscape News
The incurable form of breast cancer, metastatic disease, is mostly invisible during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States, but some organizations and individuals are working to change that.
However, they are facing an uphill battle because widespread Pinktober promotions strongly suggest that breast cancer is a problem that can be overcome, according to participants interviewed by Medscape Medical News.
August 28, 2014
By chicago Tribune
Joani Gudeman, a psychotherapist, immersed herself into activities with the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network after being diagnosed with the disease.
She served on the organization's board, helped plan three of its annual conferences and edited a series of first-person stories by those living with the disease.
January 22, 2014
By Katherine O'Brien, ihatebreastcancer.wordpress.com blog
Last week’s Keller/Adams social media controversy inspired countless blog posts, print articles and editorials. Like remoras to a shark, everyone hustled to attach themselves to this issue.
January 13, 2014
By MBCNbuzz blog
Bill Keller’s op-ed piece on “Heroic Measures” (January 12, 2014) contains egregious factual errors. It also misrepresents what metastatic breast cancer is and how it is treated.
December 14, 2013
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