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African American Women and Metastatic Breast Cancer

January 19, 2016

By You Tube Video: Katherine O'Brien, MBCN

African American Women and Metastatic Breast Cancer

Worldwide 500,000 die each year from Metastatic Breast Cancer, with 40,000 in the US alone. According to the CDC, back women have lower incidence rate of mbc compare to white women, but a higher number dying in every age group.

Living With Cancer: A Broken Covenant With Patients

January 15, 2016

By NY Times Wellness Blog: Susan Gubar

As a cancer patient whose life has been miraculously extended by a clinical trial, I was shocked by Charles Piller’s Dec. 13 essay “Law Ignored, Patients at Risk” in STAT News on lapses in reporting the results of such trials. My first response was to ask: Is he a reputable journalist? Is the online venue in which the article appears legit? When the answer to each of these questions came back a resounding yes, I began worrying that cancer doctors and patients have been imperiled by irresponsible researchers.

Cancer Lifer Holley Kitchen Dies at 42

January 13, 2016

By Fox News KDFW

She was hoping at least a thousand people would see it.
As of this week,  more than 51 Million people have seen Holley's story about being diagnosed with Breast Cancer at age 39. Then months after being given the all-clear, she learned her Breast Cancer had metastasized to her hip and spine.
When FOX 7 interviewed Kitchen last summer, the wife and mother of two told us she thought her double mastectomy and hysterectomy would have prevented further problems

The Mary Kay Foundation--A Legacy of Love

November 21, 2015

By The Mary Kay Foundation

Fearless Fighter Inspires While Facing Metastatic Breast Cancer

Mary Kay Independent Senior Sales Director Mary Ann LeRay cherishes the many life-changing relationships her Mary Kay business has brought her. In the spirit of giving back, she uses her business as a platform to help end cancers effecting women—and specifically to advocate for those with metastatic breast cancer.

One of the biggest blessings that has come from my Mary Kay business is having the privilege to cross paths with so many extraordinary, dynamic people who are determined to create positive change. My customers are remarkable women and men who have a lifelong impact on me.

During the past year, my friend and customer Virginia “Beth” Fairchild has particularly touched my heart. Beth, a mother, wife, daughter, friend, business owner and an artist, recently added fearless fighter and breast cancer patient advocate roles to her life.

HOW TO HELP: Fundraiser for Easton school psychologist facing breast cancer

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.

Why She Matters So Much: I hold tight to the belief that I am a survivor who is living with, not dying from, metastatic bc

July 16, 2015

By PAULA VINCENT, RN, CNM , Cure Magazine

IT’S HARD TO FIND a silver lining when you’ve been told you have cancer for the second time. This is my life now. I hold tight to the belief that I am a survivor who is living with, not dying from, metastatic breast cancer. This helps provide the balance, hope and gratitude I try to find in every moment and with each person who is a part of my life and recovery.

Within a short time after starting treatment, I realized the “fit” wasn’t right with both the oncologist I had been assigned to and the oncology nurse that had been caring for me. I knew this time around that I needed to be both mentally and physically prepared for the hardest battle I had ever fought, and l knew with even more certainty I needed a team of warriors who would always be by my side throughout treatments that would never finish.


MET-UP: new metastatic breast cancer protest group launches

July 16, 2015

By Nick Mulcahy, Medscape Medical News

The pink culture of breast cancer is about to get an infusion of red hot.

A small but growing group of women with metastatic breast cancer and their supporters have formed MET UP, an activist group modelled on the confrontational AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) and sharing the same inspiration of anger, rebellion, and fellowship/sisterhood.

"MET UP is…committed to direct action for a viable cure for breast cancer. We protest and demonstrate," reads a portion of the group's mission statement, which was recently posted online.

This Woman Documented Her Breast Cancer Diagnosis, And 43 Million People Responded

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.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance landmark report finds MBC research underfunded and identifies opportunities to close gaps for

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.

Acting on the realities of metastatic breast cancer

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.

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