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Courage and strength: Living with stage IV breast cancer

January 25, 2013

By Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun

In September 2012, I photographed a group of women diagnosed with terminal stage IV breast cancer. Kay, Gretchen, CJ, Cece and Sally, as well as other members of METAvivor Research and Support, often held informal gatherings. A non-profit organization, METAvivor provides support to patients, raises awareness, and awards annual research grants for stage IV breast cancer. Many of its members form close friendships in the process of sharing their struggles and triumphs.

As I photographed these women, I was struck by their energy, joyful demeanor and dedication in helping others with the same diagnosis. I wondered how these ladies live with the possibility of death so close at hand while at the same time not only managing the painful and debilitating effects of the disease and its treatment. What gives them the courage to carry on with such grace? Has their philosophy of life changed? Their view of death? Here are their answers.

‘Let’s get rid of it,’ cancer survivor says after six surgeries

January 23, 2013

By Monifa Thomas, Chicago Sun-Times

At 31, kindergarten teacher Eloise Orr has overcome not one but six bouts of cancer.

Yet, instead of being scared or angry each time another was found, Orr was more annoyed than anything else.


Advanced breast cancer community advocates for more support

January 15, 2013

Ginny Knackmuhs, 61, of Wyckoff, N.J. was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer in 2009. She remembers well the frustrating experience of searching for information and trying to identify with resources based on others’ recommendations. Ginny is now a board member of Metastatic Breast Cancer Network, one of 13 advocacy organizations that worked with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation to create Count Us, Know Us, Join Us, a campaign that was created to amplify the voice of people living with advanced breast cancer.

Englewood surgeon a true believer in healing power of rock

November 26, 2012

By Mary Jo Layton, NorthJersey.com

The band is N.E.D. — or No Evidence of Disease — those glorious words Nagarsheth writes in gigantic letters on patient charts each time pathology reports are negative. They’re on a mission to make searing music and raise awareness about some of the deadliest diseases that strike women.

Ex-Marine's breast cancer fight in fifth year

November 6, 2012

By Cheryl Lecesse, Portland Press Herald

Peter Devereux didn't even know that men could get breast cancer.

So when his doctor called to give him the news, Devereaux thought he had called him by mistake.

Christmas comes early for family battling cancer

June 4, 2012

By WINK News, Fort Meyers, FL

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Christmas came early for one Lee County family, as the community rallied together to make a little boy's wish come true.

Killing cancer without punishing the patient?

June 2, 2012

By Andrew Pollack, New York Times

Fern Saitowitz’s advanced breast cancer was controlled for about a year by the drug Herceptin and a toxic chemotherapy agent. But her hair fell out, her fingernails turned black and she was constantly fatigued.

She switched to an experimental treatment, which also consisted of Herceptin and a chemotherapy agent. Only this time, the two drugs were attached to each other, keeping the toxic agent inactive until the Herceptin carried it to the tumor. Side effects, other than temporary nausea and some muscle cramps, vanished.

A priceless journey: Friend’s birthday poem turned into a children’s storybook to help those dealing with cancer Read more here

May 24, 2012

By Roxie Hamill, Kansas City Star

It began as a birthday present—a poem written by Laura Myer for her good friend Lori Lober, who at one time had been given only a 2 to 3 percent chance of living five years.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/05/23/3624087/a-priceless-journey-friends-birthday.html#storylink=cpy#storylink=cpy

More than 1,200 FGCU students graduate Sunday

April 29, 2012


When Sabrina Puhr called her professor to tell her she'd been diagnosed with stage four metastatic breast cancer, the professor recommended she take a brief leave from her master's program.

Local mom dying of breast cancer gets investigational drug and first dose of Pertuzumab

April 27, 2012

By Linda Hurtado, ABC Action News, Tampa

TAMPA - Darlene Gant arrived at Moffitt Cancer Center with hope in her heart.  The dying cancer patient had a smile on her face because a little bag of hope has finally arrived.   

Pertuzumab is an investigational drug -- not yet approved by the FDA -- that has shown promise in treating Darlene's HER2 positive breast cancer.

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