"Now I work to make a positive impact in advancing the next major breakthrough in breast cancer screening."
I was diagnosed with Stage IV lobular breast cancer in November, 2017, when abnormalities were found during a routine bone density scan. Unfortunately, my cancer was not visible on either a mammogram or an ultrasound because the cancer was masked by dense breast tissue. This is not a failure of anyone, but it is simply a failure of our current breast cancer screening technology. I am presently enjoying full remission.
Now I work to make a positive impact in advancing the next major breakthrough in breast cancer screening, so that what happened to me will happen to less women in the future. I fundraised during a 500 mile walk on the Camino de Santiago in the fall of 2018, where I raised money that allowed the Mayo Clinic to expand their Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) study into MD Anderson in Texas. MBI finds approximately 400% more cancers than standard and 3d mammography, and the study that I helped to fund is proving just that. Women everywhere need this technology so that many more cancers can be found earlier at the curable stages.
I continue my fundraising efforts, blogging and speaking to women’s groups, churches, and breast cancer survivor organizations to educate women on advanced breast cancer screening technologies, so that in the future MORE women with breast cancer become SURVIVORS!
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