"Everyone underestimates what living with the side effects of the treatments that keep us alive is like."
I was diagnosed stage 1a in 2006 at 43 with mets discovered at my 5 year appointment in 2011.
It’s about time slowing down so I can live to see my son graduate med school and my younger son with autism learn to be self-supporting.
It’s about having time to enjoy a Minnesota sunset on the lake with my husband and spend another weekend at the cabin listening to my friends laugh and share stories together. It’s about having the energy left after treatment to be able to do all of these things.
Everyone underestimates what living with the side effects of the treatments that keep us alive is like. It’s not easy. Each day I make a choice to get up and do all that I can and try to ignore the pain, the fatigue. I hate having the thought” Geez, tomorrow’s Thursday. I can’t believe it’s time to sit in that chemo chair again.”
Please support more research focused specifically on metastatic cancer. If we don’t understand how to help people whose cancer has metastasized we won’t be able to understand how to prevent it. 113 people die each and every day from metastatic breast cancer. Every day. That’s 40,000 Americans every year. It has to stop.