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Katherine’s story: Living with metastatic breast cancer

October 13, 2011

By Laura Woodin, AZ Health Connections

As we explained here, during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month we are focusing on people who are living with metastatic breast cancer.

Katherine O’Brien is a business-to-business editor from Chicago and a volunteer with the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN) who contributed the following blog post about her experience with metastatic breast cancer:

At a 2009 breast cancer seminar, I met two MBCN volunteers: Joani Gudeman and Shirley Mertz. I had never met another person with metastatic breast cancer. Joani and Shirley made me feel less alone. Their activism inspired me.

Breast Cancer's Super Survivors

October 13, 2011

By Lu Ann Cahn, NBC Philadelphia

It's estimated that 150,000 Americans have metastatic, or advanced stage breast cancer. NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn, who is also a breast cancer survivor, spoke to some brave women who are battling this advanced stage of the disease.

Patients share "Perspectives on Pink" on breast cancer awareness

October 10, 2011

By Anne Marie Tiernon, WTHR (Indianapolis)

INDIANAPOLIS - The nation is blanketed in pink for breast cancer awareness, but by now, some patients are reporting "pink fatigue."

October kicked off with a splash of pink in the downtown canal. Even the mighty NFL joined in, with the Colts playing Sunday with pink accents.

For women with breast cancer, the perspective on pink is as unique as the patient.

Traveling Pants sisterhood provides support

October 9, 2011

By Pamela Howell, MySanAntonio.com

They're in a sorority no one wants to join because the cost of membership is too high — breast cancer.

“It's like a bond no one asked to have,” said Timothea Belmares, 28, of Alice. “No one wants cancer, but once you have it, you reach out and grab a hold of anything, and it really helps to have friends going through this.

Cancer returns, but Brockton woman keeps fighting

October 6, 2011

By Amelia Kunhardt, Patriot Ledger

But the chest X-rays last March showed some troubling spots on her lungs. Doctors made image scans of her body and brain, then performed a lung biopsy. Soon she received the dreaded news: Her cancer had come back, this time in her lungs, bones and brain.

Leaders in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

October 6, 2011

By The White House

This year, 230,000 women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer. To kick off Breast Cancer awareness month, we brought in 15 “Champions of Change” who are leaders in the fight to end breast cancer. They represent activists, scientists and health care providers who are making a difference in this fight every day.

MBCN editor's note: We are proud that MBCN member Shirley A. Mertz has been recognized for her "passion and focus as a breast cancer activist, a voice for the needs of those who today are suffering with advanced or Stage IV breast cancer and those who one day will receive such a diagnosis"

Women with metastatic breast cancer clamor for a different awareness level this month

October 5, 2011

By Gary Schwitzer, Publisher, HealthNewsReview.org

Some breast cancer voices raise questions about simply raising "awareness" about breast cancer in October.

Some of them believe that raising awareness about screening, for example, should not be the only message or even the main message of the month.

Katherine O'Brien, who has metastatic breast cancer (MBC), and who publishes the iihatebreastcancer blog refers to being caught in "October's pink undertow."

Living Well with Advanced Breast Cancer

October 5, 2011

By Frankly Speaking About Cancer Internet Radio Show, Host Kim Thiboldeaux

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, on today's episode, the Cancer Support Community focuses on Stage IV breast cancer, or what is commonly referred to as advanced breast cancer. Kim Thiboldeaux is joined by Ginny Knackmuhs, a patient living with and an advocate for advanced breast caner, and Dr. Lidia Schapira, a medical oncologist with a specialty in breast cancer from Gillette Center for Breast Cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital. Tune in to find out how to control advanced breast cancer while maintaining a healthy quality of life.

Late stage breast cancer patients are grateful for every moment

October 4, 2011

By Chris Burrell, Patriot Ledger

Right about now, Deb Ragosta feels grateful for being so foolish. Exactly two years ago at her 4-year-old nephew's birthday party, Ragosta eyed all the kids jumping on a trampoline and an urge came over her.

Long time cancer sufferer and community activist Emma Lee Stewart dies

September 9, 2011

By New Glasgow News (Canada)

A longtime community volunteer and musician has lost her battle with cancer. New Glasgow resident Emma Lee Stewart died Wednesday evening.

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