Metastatic People in the News
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 29, 2012
By BRITTANY SHAMMAS, NapleNews.com
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.
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.