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Metastatic Breast Cancer

Fighting Breast Cancer By Embracing Our Sexuality

Pamela Madsen | Posted 03.03.2015 | Fifty
Pamela Madsen

When I heard that my sister, Tracey's breast cancer had returned to us 10 years later as stage Four Metastatic Cancer and was taking a roller coaster ride through her spinal column, the first thing that I did was stop breathing.

Breast Cancer Therapy Failed Me

Los Angeles Times | Posted 02.23.2015 | Healthy Living

I am dying, literally, at my home in Hollywood, of metastatic breast cancer, the only kind of breast cancer that kills. For six years I've known I was...

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Take My Life, Please

Seporah Raizer | Posted 02.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

In January I had my regular scans. Scanathon, as I've come to call it, as it's an all-day process. Scanathon consists of a CT and bone scan that I usu...

Quantity and Quality of Life: Addressing Gaps in Services for Those Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer

Marc S. Hurlbert, PhD | Posted 01.28.2015 | Impact
Marc S. Hurlbert, PhD

Living with metastatic breast cancer is a daily challenge. Each day you wake up, you don't know what side effects you're going to face. You wonder if you're going to have enough energy to make it out of bed, let alone through the day.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Gone Girl

Seporah Raizer | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

My heart will come back a little stronger every day, but it will never be the same. There will always be the spot that Annie carved out, in my heart, and in my life. But she'll never be truly gone. Someone as special as Annie can never truly be gone for good. I will always have a place for Annie. Until we meet again.

What Are We Doing About Metastatic Breast Cancer?

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 02.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

Of course we don't have all of the answers yet, but every single day I am finding more and more information about new drugs, new therapies, new treatments and the promise of so much more on the horizon. So if you think that nothing is being done to help those who are Stage IV breast cancer survivors, I challenge you to take another look at all that is going on around us.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Show Me the Money

Seporah Raizer | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

It's shrinking the cancer, but it's also shrinking my sense of who I am and definitely who I used to be. I was very active before cancer, and now I need to rest after going to the grocery store.

From Survivor to Metastatic Survivor

Lisa Masters | Posted 01.04.2015 | Women
Lisa Masters

I forgot what chemotherapy does to the body other than killing cancer cells.The memories, along with the side effects, have returned. The changes to my digestive system and my thinning hair have spoken loudly that "the cancer's back."

3 Breast Cancer Survivors: Stories on Faith, Hope and Purpose

Vanessa Cunningham | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Vanessa Cunningham

I was moved to showcase these women in hopes that women would draw strength, courage, and hope from these stories.

Metastatic Breast Cancer As Seen Through A Daughter's Eyes

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 12.28.2014 | Impact
Barbara Jacoby

Although Cate and her mom had always been very close, their bond grew stronger after the diagnosis.

No Time For Complacency: Advanced Breast Cancer Calls For Advanced Research

Myra J. Biblowit | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Myra J. Biblowit

While there has been significant progress in early detection and treatment for primary breast cancer, advances in treatment and prevention of metastasis are lagging behind. It's a wily disease that works in mysterious ways.

When TODAY Said I Was 'Not Bald Enough'

Jennifer Campisano | Posted 12.02.2014 | Women
Jennifer Campisano

Fueled by our fury over the responses we were getting because we weren't BALD, a lot of us wrote TODAY back to explain how gutted we by the fact that a lot of women are getting left out of the conversation, by the media perpetuation that you must LOOK sick in order to BE sick.

We Have Stage Four Cancer: Does That Make Us Terminal?

Jennifer Campisano | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Campisano

The average life span for someone with my illness is still 26 months. I've never thought of myself as terminal, but many people will describe this disease with that word. I began to wonder if I was just being wishful in my thinking.

Ring Sisters

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 10.04.2014 | Women
Sarah O'Leary

Several years ago I purchased a ring from a high-end jewelry store, but it could have been from anywhere. I loved the design of the Trinity ring from ...

The Metastatic Breast Cancer Conversation

Judith A. Salerno | Posted 09.06.2014 | Impact
Judith A. Salerno

They deal with friends who don't quite know what to say, anxious family members and even with those who suggest that maybe these patients aren't "fighting hard enough" or didn't do something to prevent their disease.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Hey, Hey, We're the Metsters

Seporah Raizer | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

A lot of people out there hear the words breast cancer and think that's it. That the breast cancer you have, is the same one I have, and the same one your mom had, and the same one your fish had, etc. But that couldn't be farther from the truth.

Should I Get a Mammogram? What Are Women Supposed to Do?

Fran Visco | Posted 05.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Fran Visco

All of the scientific evidence points to that strategy being more effective than a ritual search for cancer through breast self examination and mandatory annual mammography. It is time to move forward, for women's sake.

Why I Am Anti-Komen

Lara Huffman | Posted 05.17.2014 | Women
Lara Huffman

Breast cancer isn't being ignored. You know what's being ignored and the real elephant in the pink room (see below for more on this reference): metastatic breast cancer, aka Stage 4 breast cancer.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Brownies or Bust

Seporah Raizer | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

If you're not a doctor, please don't offer me medical advice. If you don't have cancer, don't tell me how I should be living my life. And actually, as a general rule, if you're not ME, don't tell me how I should be living MY life.

The Loneliness of Cancer

Lisa Masters | Posted 05.06.2014 | Women
Lisa Masters

I am by nature an optimist. I am strong. I usually keep the sadness of myself to myself. I tell you that I'm not terminal and that I believe a cure will be found in time. I so want that to be true. I have Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer.

Don't Disappear From the Pictures

Lara Huffman | Posted 04.20.2014 | Women
Lara Huffman

My plea to parents, and this goes to anyone really, don't disappear from the pictures. Who cares if you think your hair is frizzy or you have a "weird" smile or whatever hangup or lie that we tell ourselves, and don't want to be in the pictures? When you have children, forget all that and just get into that picture.

Breast Cancer's New Buzz Words: Chronic Disease

Lisa Masters | Posted 03.08.2014 | Women
Lisa Masters

I like "chronic disease." It's easier for me to visualize my mortality not as something that is going to come quickly but as something I can live with. That is the key word... LIVE.

How to End Breast Cancer: A Request

Jennifer Campisano | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Campisano

In what seems like a previous lifetime, I was a congressional lobbyist in Washington. I might as well draw on that knowledge for something, right?

Bottle Tops and Breast Cancer: Pushing Mammograms With Every Prescription

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Karuna Jaggar

Overly simplified messages about early detection too often ends up blaming women for their cancers or gives them false assurances that the treatment they are enduring is ultimately all for the best. Medical advice on a complex issue.

All Cancer Is Metastatic!

Susan M. Love | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan M. Love

So in honor of all our sisters and brothers living with known metastatic disease, let us honor their experience while recognizing that theirs is a much bigger club than we have previously acknowledged.