The STAR treatment: South Jordan woman fighting cancer in unique ways
May 15, 2014
By Wendy Leonard, Utah Deseret News
SOUTH JORDAN — Michelle Thompson is knee-deep into stage 4 cancer, but you wouldn't know it from looking at her.
Her silver-blonde hair and sparkling blue eyes are just as bright as they were prior to the presumably devastating diagnosis in early 2013.
"I have this cancer that is supposed to mean a long, slow decline, but, all of a sudden, I'm feeling better," Thompson said. "I am reversing a no-reversible trend, and that sort of thing makes you happy."
It helps, too, that she's pushing herself to be better every day, including employing a newly FDA-approved procedure that eliminates her most hearty source of pain — tumors that dot her radiation-plagued broken spine.
Approximately 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer every year, and two-thirds will develop bone metastasis, with the spine being the most common site, according to the International Journal of Surgical Oncology. The painful spine tumors are particularly prevalent in breast cancer patients, like Thompson.
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.
Whatever it takes
January 9, 2014
By Cure Today Guest Blogger
Do whatever it takes to keep going.
And that includes ignoring guilt about not being the perfect parent and nasty looks from people who think such a creature exists. As a wife and mom living with cancer, I have started applying the whatever it takes theory to other areas of my life as well. While a "normal person" might say he/she has a lot on their plate, some of us have plates the size of a turkey platter. My day to day can be pretty heavy, so I give myself a pass on the little things like laundry to fold or dishes to wash.
Metastatic Disease Demanding More Attention
December 14, 2013
By Cure Magazine, Kathy LaTour
A number of the presentations at this year's San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium addressed metastatic breast cancer – when the disease has left the breast and moved to other parts of the body.
Living with breast cancer when there's no cure
December 7, 2013
By Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
When Ginny Knackmuhs beat early-stage breast cancer and had routine checkups during the years that followed, she thought the disease was behind her. But in 2009, she was shocked to receive another diagnosis of breast cancer. This time it was metastatic, the most advanced kind.
October 28, 2013
By AACR Cancer Progress Report
I am in my 12th year of treatment for metastatic breast cancer. Although I have been in treatment constantly since my diagnosis, I have lived, and continue to live, a full and productive life. In 2012, I had my tumor genetically profiled. This empowered me. It enables me to search for clinical trials of new drugs that might keep me alive with minimal toxicity so that I can continue enjoying life.
Putting the realities of cancer into words Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/10/27/2836432/putting-the-realiti
October 27, 2013
By Idaho Statesman, Chad Estes
Four Idaho women share their stories — and the difficulties — of coping with metastatic breast cancer
It is the end of October, what some cancer patients refer to as Breast Cancer In Your Face Month. We’ve seen pink everywhere — including beer cans, T-shirts and NFL players’ sweat towels and socks.
Survivor spirit: Summerlin mom makes most of life after Stage 4 breast cancer
October 4, 2013
By Jan Hogan , Las Vegas Review-Journal
Maura Bivens does not like December, not since 2007. December is when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer.
Carrying on after losing partner to breast cancer
September 25, 2013
By Julie Deardorff, Tribune Newspapers
Losing a partner to breast cancer often leaves men struggling to navigate complex grief and single parenthood
During their marriage, Sam and Jenny Mitchell always shared the parenting duties. But they knew a time would come when Sam would manage their 7-year-old daughter on his own.
Just days before Jenny died of breast cancer in April, "She told me she knew I would raise Ranee well," Mitchell said.
Metastatic breast cancer - 'it's like getting all four tires flattened'
September 19, 2013
By Claudia Feldman, Houston Chronicle
Lori's complete story: Parts 1 and 2
Lori Sumako was your perfect, stage 1 breast cancer patient.
She followed all of her doctor's orders. She endured the surgery and chemotherapy without (too many) complaints. She and husband Rick Mitchell gave thanks for each year that she was cancer-free.