Metastatic People in the News
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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 7, 2014
By Deep Haven (MN) Life
Team Judy is a band of friends who got to know each other as many friends do--with children in school together or homes in the same neighborhood. They shared ideas on best parenting practices. They volunteered. They worked hard to make their schools and
their community a better place, and not just for their own children.
They fought for referendums and created pilot programs in our district. Using their skills, and savvy, and being stronger for having each other, there was nothing that this group could not manage. At times it seems these women could run a small country. Today, they are facing a whole new set of challenges.
Judy Erdahl grew up in a lot of places, and says that she wanted to stay in a place where she can be part of a community. Where her life and her work will contribute something, and make a difference.
Judy currently has Stage Four Breast Cancer. There is no Stage Five. If you want to get this group riled up, talk to them about Metastatic Breast Cancer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.