"I work hard every day at maintaining my best quality of life."
I was diagnosed Stage I at 29 years old in 2007 and completed a lumpectomy, chemo, radiation, and 9 months of tamoxifen. Six years later at 35 years old, I was diagnosed Stage IV with bone mets. I had a pathological hip fracture, had surgery and radiation. I later had another femeral rod placed in my other leg, an oopherectomy, more radiation, Xgeva and have continued with tamoxifen.
I work hard every day at maintaining my best quality of life. I used to hate that saying, but it really is true. Pain is my biggest struggle which I do acupuncture, massage, stretching, exercise and other medications.
Overall, I feel very grateful for where I am, and I know I wouldn’t be where I am without the love and support of my family and friends.
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
- New York
- New Jersey
“Mr. Marcus, you have kidney, lung, and brain cancer. Stage 4. We are going to monitor you for the next 24 hours but there is not much we can do for you here. You need to go home and start making arrangements. At most, you have two years to live.”
I had a red circle on the right side of my breast, and I had lost twenty pounds despite the fact that I was not on a diet. When I went to the doctor their tests couldn’t find anything wrong, so I told them to check out this red spot.
My husband was diagnosed with Stage 3 Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC). He had a total left nephrectomy on our 35th wedding Anniversary on Sept. 10, 2012. At that time there was no treatment that was available.