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The Sisterhood of the Stage 4 Pants

October 12, 2012

By Algerina Perna, The Baltimore Sun

Many people are familiar with the movie "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," based on the book series by Ann Brashares. One pair of jeans shared by four young women is a means of keeping the friends connected as they each make their way from teenagers through young adulthood.

The "Stage 4 Traveling Pants" is a sisterhood of a different kind. These sisters span the globe. The pants they share, metaphorically, is a diagnosis of stage IV breast cancer. Stage IV means that the breast cancer has metastasized or spread throughout other parts of their body. Their individual circumstances and journeys merge in their struggle against the terminal stage of this disease.


'Pinktober' ignores breast cancer patients who can't be cured, some say

October 12, 2012

By JoNel Aleccia, NBC News

Here we are, nearly halfway through October, and Laura Wells can't wait for Breast Cancer Awareness month to end.

Not that she has any time to spare for walks and such: Wells is among some 155,000 women in the United States living with Stage IV breast cancer, the worst kind, the type that can't be cured.

Stage IV cancer patient wants to raise awareness

October 10, 2012

By Tina Depko-Denver, Burlington Post

Susan Cooper says she has always lived life to the fullest.

The 66-year-old Burlington mom and grandma has a rich life, filled with travelling, friends and family. She enjoys spending time in her beautiful lakefront apartment with Dave Renouf, her loving partner of nine years.

Her life, however, also includes visits twice a month to the Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton for chemotherapy.


Paint It All Pink: Plymouth Couple Battles Against Odds

October 10, 2012

By Ruth Thompson, Wicked Local

PLYMOUTH - When Judy Christensen was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer her initial thought was that she wanted one more year so she could be there for her daughter, who was going through a difficult time.

In January, it will be eight years since that diagnosis.

Are You Aware How LITTLE Has Changed in Breast Cancer in 25 Years?

October 9, 2012

By Fran Visco, National Breast Cancer Coalition President

Twenty-five years ago, I sat in my doctor's office and heard these words: You have breast cancer. That was in 1987, when the world's population reached five billion, a gallon of gas was 89 cents, Ronald Reagan was president and the FDA approved AZT for AIDS.

I was 39 years old and a litigator at a Philadelphia law firm. My husband and I were enjoying being parents to our 14-month-old son. I paid attention to politics and to women's issues and served as a community volunteer.


Lots of Tears With Less Than a Few Months to Live

October 9, 2012

By Meredith Israel Thomas, Huffington Post Blog

The day after her 36th birthday, Meredith Israel Thomas was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer that had spread to her liver, lymph nodes, spine, ribs and other bones. Doctors didn't think remission was possible, so opted against a mastectomy, but she has undergone a number of other treatments since then.


Eastern Iowa woman speaking out about metastatic breast cancer

October 8, 2012

By Tara Thomas, Anchor

WATERLOO (KWWL) - Kristin Schwickerath is a 31-year-old North Liberty woman with a lot of life left to live.

When a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis came two years ago, shortly after the birth of her child, she had to endure treatment only to be told the cancer had spread to her bones.


Breast cancer awareness: the problem with pink

October 7, 2012

By Betsy De Parry, Community Contributor

Pinktober is upon us: Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Oh, I'm aware. Just in the last year, the disease claimed two of my friends. Another is battling a frightening recurrence. But I'm no more or less worried about her than I am about my friend who's in treatment for lung cancer. Or the people I know who have lymphoma and colon cancer and prostate cancer and...well, the list goes on.

Maintaining a sense of humor with stage IV metastatic breast cancer

October 6, 2012

A Sept. 21 entry from Ann Silberman's blog, www.butdoctorIhatepink.com:

Home phone rings: Private number. I ignore it.

Cell rings: Blocked number. Oops, that's the sign of a doctor, not a spammer. I answer.

"Hello, I'm calling from Dr. PCP's office. We have been going through our records and noticed you are behind on your mammogram."

"Um, no, I don't think so."


Northborough woman battles cancer, again

October 5, 2012

By Lindsay Corcoran/Daily News staff The MetroWest Daily News

After fighting and beating breast cancer in her 30s, Cheryl Lobdell lived for 25 years as if she were cancer free until six years ago when doctors discovered the disease had metastasized.

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