So, I learned something yesterday. And correct me if I am wrong, because I might be, and I really would LOVE to be corrected on this.
After watching a video posted on Facebook by Holley Kitchen, and a (very) little follow up research, I discovered this: if they do not cure breast cancer while it is within the breast, they cannot cure it.
What I mean by this is, if the breast cancer spreads from the breast to anywhere else in the body (thus becoming metastatic), it is incurable. Patients are treated for cancer for the remainder of their lives, but are considered “cancer lifers.”
Now there are lots of stats related to this, and lots of reading one can do to better understand the stats, odds, etc. But in the end, 20 – 30% of people who get diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer eventually get diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Median survival after diagnosis with MBC is three years. And 40,000 people die annually from metastatic breast cancer.
This brings up a lot of emotions in me, but the chief ones are fear (obviously), embarrassment (how did I not know this?), and anger (WHY did I not know this?!?).
Anyhow do with this info what you will but I humbly request that if you don’t share this blog post, you share Holley’s video, or tell your coworker about MBC, or even just do a little more research to educate yourself. There’s no way that someone who gets diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer – like me – should be totally unaware of the possible long-term effects and very immediate implications of such a diagnosis.
Finally, RIP Holley Kitchen, who lost her life yesterday to MBS but obviously still continues to educate, which was part of her mission. Thank you, Holley.
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Such an inspirational woman.
RIP Holley x
The minute we were diagnosed we became a statistic. We became that 1 and 8, the 12%. Most of us have more of a chance of not having a recurrence than having a recurrence, but sometimes it’s hard to get the thought out of your head – very, very hard.
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Like Leah said, hard to not think about recurrence, but the worring will just make us sick. All we can do is push through the treatments we can get and then live as well and healthy and happy as we can!